Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1990, is located along the Wallkill River in Sussex County, New Jersey and Orange County, New York.  Public hunting is permitted on approximately 5,000 acres in New Jersey and 160 acres in New York 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 and the NY Department of Environmental Conservation.

Hunting is a wildlife management tool used to control some animal populations and is also a Congressionally mandated priority public use. Please take time to become familiar with the following regulations and remember to purchase your refuge hunt permit prior to hunting or scouting!


Hunting Permit Information:

All hunters must obtain a Refuge Hunting Permit prior to scouting or hunting and review all refuge hunting regulations and maps. Refuge hunting permits are valid for the NJ & NY tracts of Wallkill River NWR.


The refuge offers the following hunting permits:

  • Deer, wild turkey, small game (squirrel & rabbit only), and migratory birds - $30.00 each.
  • Bear permit - $5.00. 
  • Combination permits include all game except for bear (sold separately). Valid April 1 through March 31. - $100.00
  • Discounted permits for qualifying hunters include:
    • Youth Hunting Permits (16 years of age and under) – Free
    • Disabled Hunting Permits – hunters must possess an Interagency Federal Access Pass or a New Jersey Permit to Hunt or Shoot from a Stationary Vehicle - $17.50 single permit; $52.50 combination permit
    • Senior Hunting Permit – hunters must possess an Interagency Federal Senior Pass - $17.50 single permit; $52.50 combination permit.