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Public hunting is permitted on approximately 6,000 acres of the refuge in New Jersey during specific times of the year. The hunting program is administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in cooperation with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Hunting is a wildlife management tool used to control some animal populations and is also Congressionally mandated priority public use. Hunters must obtain a refuge permit for each hunting season, as well as all applicable state licenses and permits.

The Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge issues "Special Hunting Permits" for eligible physically challenged persons to provide hunting opportunities for people who need physical or mechanical assistance for mobility, during the prescribed seasons set by the refuge. For more information please visit the following link: Information for Hunters with Disabling Conditions.

To ensure your safety and enjoyment while visiting Wallkill River, please take time to become familiar with the following regulations.

Every person on the Refuge MUST CARRY a valid REFUGE PERMIT. 

The refuge is participating in the Federal Recreation Fee Demonstration Program.
Each permit ( deer, migratory bird, and turkey) requires a separate application and will cost $20.00 each, except as follows:

  • Youth hunters (under 16 years of age) - Free
  • Access Pass holders - $10.00
  • Senior pass holders - $10.00
  • (Please call refuge office for Pass information or go to Guide to Federal Recreation Passes)

It is not necessary to pick up your permit in person. You can print out the application and mail with a check or money order to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1547 Route 565, Sussex, NJ 07461. Please notate on the application the number of times you have hunted on the refuge the previous year. The permit will be mailed to you in approximately 3 business days.

The refuge is open for the following New Jersey hunting seasons:
(Please click on the highlighted links for more hunt season information.)

Wild Turkey

2014 Season Information 

The Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge will continue its turkey hunting program. 

If you receive an Area #5 permit from the State for any of the spring turkey hunting periods, you can obtain a permit from the refuge for those same hunting periods. Remember, you must have both State and refuge permits to hunt on the refuge.

Your refuge permit application must be accompanied by a $20 check or money order, made payable to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Please note, there are some exceptions to the $20 fee: youth hunters (children under 16) are not charged a fee and Senior Passholders and Access Passholders are only charged a $10 application fee. We cannot accept cash, and permit applications that are not properly completed will be returned.

You can obtain a refuge hunt permit at anytime. However, you must receive a NJ Area #5 turkey permit and have it in your possession on the refuge.

The refuge will be open again this year for fall turkey hunting. Once you get the refuge permit, you will see it is good for both spring and fall, provided you have the appropriate State Area #5 permit for the hunting periods you choose to hunt. However, if you choose not to obtain a refuge turkey permit in the spring, but want to hunt the fall season, you will need a obtain a refuge permit for fall turkey after you have received your State permit. The permit application fees indicated above will be charged.

We encourage hunters to print this application form and mail together with the application fee to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1547 Route 565, Sussex, NJ 07461.

Migratory Birds

2013-2014 Season Information 

Deer Hunting

2013- 2014 Season Information 

Page Photo Credits — Two young hunters - Jim Holowienka.
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2014
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