Migratory Bird Hunting Opportunities
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to hunt migratory birds. To ensure your safety and enjoyment while visiting the refuge, please read all of the information on this page and abide by all rules and regulations. For a printer-friendly version of the Migratory Bird Hunting general regulations, 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, as well as the current NJ Migratory Bird Regulations Supplement.
Hunting Unit Information and Maps
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Unit A- Little Egg Harbor North and South and Bonnet Island (800KB)
Refuge Hunt Units (NJ Coastal Zone) will be open for migratory waterfowl, rails, coots and moorhens subject to State, Federal and Refuge regulations. Please refer to the current NJ Migratory Bird Regulations Supplement.
One half hour before sunrise to sunset. No units shall be occupied before 4:00 a.m.
Hunters must have a valid NJ Hunting license. In addition, each waterfowl hunter 16 years of age and over must carry on his person a valid Federal Duck Stamp and New Jersey Waterfowl Stamp signed in ink across the face of the stamps. All waterfowl hunters must also have a current HIP number written on their license.
All hunters (including rail, coot and moorhen hunters) must use or possess only approved nontoxic shot.
We allow the use of retrieving dogs for hunting migratory game birds; however, the dogs must be under the hunter’s control at all times, and groups of three or more dogs per hunter are prohibited.
We prohibit dog training at all times.
Have a safe and enjoyable hunting experience!