Great Swamp Female Hunter 2018

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service actively manages the refuge's 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 Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center will remain open from 10 am to 4 pm to answer any questions. Those interested in participating should apply for a Zone 38 permit through license agents or at the following website: 

The deadline for state permit applications is typically the end of September; see the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Digest or call Jonathan Rosenberg, Visitor Services Manager at 973-425-1222 x1 with any questions.

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. All Great Swamp NWR deer hunting permits must be purchased on line using RecAccess online services at the following web address:

To purchase a refuge permit from RecAccess, you will be required to create an account and pay with a credit card. The process is easy, and user instructions are available via The fee for the non-refundable federal permit is $26.00. Youth (ages 10-15) only pay a transaction fee. Persons possessing either a Senior or Access Pass are entitled to a 50% discount. 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 Jonathan Rosenberg, Visitor Services Manager at 973-425-1222 x1 or 973-714-6891.

 Great Swamp Hunt Map 2020-21

2020 GS DEER Hunt Regulations