The refuge actively manages its deer population through an annual permitted deer hunt held each November. A one-day youth hunt is followed by a four-day public hunt open to muzzleloader and shotgun. During this time, the refuge office remains open to hunters if they have any questions. Those interested in participating should apply for a Zone 38 permit through license agents or at this site: www.NJFishandWildlife.com.
The deadline for applications generally occurs around Sept. 26th; see the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Digest or call the refuge for details.
Process to Hunt Great Swamp NWR
In order to hunt on Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, all hunters must purchase a Zone 38 Permit from the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife and a federal permit from the refuge. The refuge will mail a packet to all Zone 38 applicants containing information about refuge hunt procedures and an application to purchase a federal permit. The fee for the non-refundable federal permit is $26.00. Youth (ages 10-15) and persons possessing either a Senior or Access Pass are entitled to a 50% discount. Once payment has been received, the applicant will be mailed a federal permit. Permits can only be obtained by mail. An individual who possesses a State disabled hunting license/permit or an Access Pass may qualify for special accommodations by making arrangements in advance with refuge staff.
For further information, please contact refuge Headquarters at (973) 425-1222 x-155.
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Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is located only 26 miles west of New York City’s Times Square. It is a 12-square-mile natural oasis in an area that is mostly suburban, making the refuge an outstanding area for migrating waterfowl to stop, rest and feed on their migration.