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Hunt-related refuge closures

Saturday, November 3: Youth hunt, Management Area closed to non-hunters. Wilderness Area and Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center open to the public.
Wednesday, November 7th through and inclusive of Saturday, November 10th: Entire refuge closed to non-hunters, except the Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center.


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 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: www.NJFishandWildlife.com. 

The deadline for applications generally occurs around October 1; see the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Digest or call Jonathan Rosenberg, Visitor Services Manager at 973-425-0215 x 115.

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 deer hunting permits must be purchased on line using RecAccess online services at the following web address: www.recaccess.com 

You will be required to create an account with RecAccess and pay with a credit card. The process is easy and user instructions are available via  www.recaccess.com The fee for the non-refundable federal permit is $26.00. Youth (ages 10-15) are free and  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 973-425-0215 x 115