To ensure your safety and enjoyment while hunting on the refuge, please read all of the information on this page and abide by all rules and regulations. For a printer friendly version, click here.
Hunting is permitted in accordance with all applicable State and Federal regulations and is subject to special regulations. Hunters should also consult the current New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Digest.
To hunt Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, hunters MUST apply for the appropriate Zone 56, 57, 58, and/or 70 permit through the State lottery. There will be no sale of leftover permits. Permits are issued only through the lottery; no exceptions. Only designated sections of the Edwin B. Forsythe NWR are open for deer hunting; all other areas are closed. Purchasing a Zone 22, 42 or 51 permit does not allow hunters to hunt anywhere on the refuge.
Links to Detailed Zone Information
This information will be mailed to all hunters who were awarded permits to hunt in zones on the refuge. (All files are in .pdf format and require Adobe Reader to view.)
Zone 56 (1.13MB)
Hunters with validated DMZ permit may scout the refuge. Scouting is permitted on the two Sundays prior to the opening day from sunrise to sunset, as well as all Sundays during the respective season. Hunters must carry their hunting license and valid zone permit. The permittee is the only person authorized to scout the refuge.
State mandated safety zone regulations apply to all refuge hunting.
Deer hunters, hunting on the refuge during the Firearm season, must wear, at all times, in a conspicuous manner on HEAD, CHEST, and BACK a minimum of 400 square inches of SOLID-COLORED HUNTER ORANGE clothing or material. Requirements to hunt on a national wildlife refuges are double the amount required by New Jersey regulations.
Only portable tree stands may be used and must be removed from the refuge by the last day of the season.
Harvested deer must be taken to an official State operated check station. A check station is not available at the refuge. Please remember to indicate which DMZ you are hunting in.
Sunday hunting is NOT permitted on refuge lands.
If you wound a deer and it goes off the refuge, follow state and local laws. If you shoot a deer and it runs outside your hunting zone or into a closed area of the refuge, mark the location and contact the refuge office at (609) 652-1665. Refuge staff may either give you permission to enter the closed area or other hunting zone with your weapon, or accompany you to retrieve the deer. Failure to do so may result in prosecution.
Refuge hunting areas may change each year. Hunters are encouraged to read the hunt maps provided. Please respect adjacent landowners, DO NOT TRESPASS!
Have a safe and enjoyable hunting experience!