Hunting

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In 2018, we updated the refuge hunt plan and it is now final. We offer several hunting seasons: deer, migratory bird, squirrel and turkey.

Hunting Maps

Download the maps below for access, parking, and refuge hunting information. Also, check out our interactive map to zoom in on your favorite hunting spot.

*Hunting Information updated June 2019*

      For the 2019/2020 deer hunting season, State Deer Management Zones 56, 57, 58, & 70 will be utilized.  Hunters will be required to purchase the appropriate DMZ permit for those zones.  The Refuge will not conduct its own lottery for deer hunting this year.  In addition, the new Annual Refuge Hunting Permit will be required.

      Permits are required to hunt on the Refuge

      • We require a $25 annual hunting permit in addition to required state and federal permits, stamps, and licenses. One annual permit allows you to hunt all seasons. Reduced fees will be available for seniors, active military, and is free for youth (16 and under). You must enter deer lotteries to hunt any of the deer seasons. Annual permits go on sale March 1st each year.  For more Refuge permit information click here.

      We allow Spring Turkey hunting 

      • Refuge lands overlay THA 14 and 16. You must draw a turkey tag from the State of New Jersey to hunt on refuge lands. See Hunt Maps for areas that are bow only. 

        Over 1,100 acres of bow-only areas have been created on the refuge 

        • Bow-only areas are observed for all deer, turkey, and squirrel seasons. Please be aware that some areas previously open to all weapon types have been changed to archery only. Check refuge hunt maps for more information. 

        More hunting acreage available.

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              Changes to Deer program

              Stands left on the refuge during the season must be tagged with the hunter’s state-issued Conservation Identification Number (CID#) and must be removed at the end of the last day of the hunting season.
                
              State regulations regarding hunter orange are in effect.
                
              An area for youth and mobility impaired hunters will be available near the refuge HQ area.

              Changes to Migratory Bird program

              Unit names have been eliminated. Regulations are the same across all refuge lands.
                
              Jump shooting is not permitted.
                
              Shotshell possession limits have been eliminated.
                
              The pond numbering system in the former Unit B (Gunning River) is no longer observed and will not be maintained.
                
              An area for youth and mobility impaired hunters will be available.
               

              If you have questions about the refuge hunt program, call us at 609-652-1665 between 8 AM and 4 PM, Monday-Friday.