NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife

Fishing, hunting and trapping regulations are found within the Game Code and Fish Code and summarized in the corresponding issues of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST. These regulations are based on Permanent Statute Title 23 and are revised periodically though amendments to the codes. Enforcement is the responsibility of the Bureau of Law Enforcement.

License types and fees, the Sunday hunting prohibition, and certain other regulations are the responsibility of the State Legislature. For information on any proposed Legislative law changes visit the State Legislature homepage and enter “hunting” or “fishing” in the “Keyword” search box – most, if not all, relevant bills will appear in the results.

New Jersey Permanent Statute Title 23 – Fish and Game, Wild Birds and Animals

Hunting Regulations

Fishing RegulationsOther Regulations

 

Revising Hunting and Fishing Regulations

Hunting and Fishing License Information

Fish and Wildlife Violations Information

The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

NJ Child Support Certification Requirement Information

HUNTING REGULATIONS

2017-2018 Game Code (pdf, 4.9mb)

  Game Code Amendment: New Jersey Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy, 2015 (pdf, 330kb)

2019-2020 Hunting and Trapping Digest
Hunting License Information
 
2019-2020 General Deer Hunting Regulations (pdf, 1.1mb)
2019-2020 Deer Regulation Sets (pdf, 110kb)
Deer Regulation Set Reference Chart and Zone Map
Deer Management Zone Descriptions
Firearms, Bows and Ammunition Legal for Deer Hunting Chart
 
2019 Bear Regulations Summary (pdf, 275kb)

NOTE: All state lands, including Wildlife Management Areas, were closed to hunting of black bears as of August 30, 2018 (per Administrative Order 2018-24) and will remain closed for the 2019 season.
 
2019-20 Small Game Seasons Summary (pdf, 340kb)
Air Gun Hunting In New Jersey
 
2019-2020 Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information (pdf, 475kb)
Turkey Hunting Area Map
Turkey Check Stations (pdf, 110kb)
 
2019-2020 Migratory Bird Regulations (pdf, 765kb)
2019-2020 Migratory Bird Seasons Summary (pdf, 105kb)

2019-2020 Migratory Bird Seasons/Sunrise-Sunset Table Card (pdf, 300kb)
Canada Goose Harvest Management in NJ – FAQs Concerning 2019-20 Changes
2019-2020 Duck Seasons Table (pdf, 100kb)
Federal Regulations Pertaining to Migratory Birds (pdf, 34kb)
Multi-stock Duck Harvest Management in the Atlantic Flyway (pdf, 375kb)
Nontoxic Shot Regulations for Hunting Waterfowl and Coots (US FWS Site)
Waterfowl Harvest Information Program (HIP)
 
2019-2020 Trapping Season Summary (pdf, 745kb)
2019-2020 Beaver/Otter Trapping Season Booklet (pdf, 3.6mb)
Beaver and Otter Management Zone Map – Low Resolution (jpg, 100kb) High Resolution (jpg, 900kb)
Beaver and Otter Management Zone Descriptions (pdf, 26kb)
 
Permit Information
Farmer Information
Dog Training Rules (pdf, 28kb)
Commercial Shooting Preserve Information
Semi-wild Shooting Preserve Information
Deer Management Assistance Program Regulations (pdf, 114kb)
Safety Zone Information (pdf, 58kb)

FISHING REGULATIONS – FRESHWATER

2018-2019 Fish Code (pdf, 265kb)

FISHING REGULATIONS – MARINE

Please be aware that fishing for sharks is regulated by the State and federal regulations. Federal regulations prohibit targeting any prohibited species and anglers must release any prohibited shark immediately, without removing it from the water and in a manner that maximizes its chances of survival. For example, Sand Tiger Sharks are a prohibited species, therefore posing for pictures on the beach with this species or any other species on the prohibited list is a violation of federal regulations. Additional information on the regulations regarding these species can be found at:

www.fisheries.noaa.gov/topic/atlantic-highly-migratory-species

NOTE: Many marine species are managed on a coast-wide basis with seasons and limits required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Those regulations must then be approved by our state’s Marine Fisheries Council. The Council usually addresses these issues at their March meeting with the management measures becoming effective in mid- to late April or early May. The Marine Digest is published in May. Regulations remain in effect until changed.

For information on saltwater regulations changes, check this page and our homepage for news releases, subscribe to the NJ Marine Fishing E-mail List for automatic notification, or call the “listen-only” line at 609-292-2083. Marine Fisheries staff can be contacted at 609-748-2020.

Marine Fish Code (Proceed to Title 7, Chapter 25, Subchapters 14, 18 and 22)

OTHER REGULATIONS

Wildlife Management Area Regulations
Freshwater Fisheries Permits
Scientific Collecting Permits
 
Deer Depredation Permits Rules and Regulations (pdf, 115kb)
Canada Goose Control Information (pdf, 20kb)
Multi-stock Duck Harvest Management in the Atlantic Flyway (pdf, 375kb)
Wildlife Relocation Policy (pdf, 60kb)
 
Captive Game Species
Captive Game Regulations (pdf, 39kb)
Captive Game Information and Permit Application Forms (Including Skunks)
 
Exotic and Nongame Species
Exotic and Nongame Wildlife Species Regulations, N.J.A.C. (pdf, 4.4mb)
Exotic and Nongame Species Requiring a Permit for Possession (pdf, 26kb)
Exotic and Nongame Wildlife Species Exempt From Required Possession Permit (pdf, 27kb)
Exotic and Nongame Potentially Dangerous Wildlife Species
Exotic and Nongame Wildlife Permit Application Forms (Including Hobby Permit)

Permit FAQs
Pet Shop/Animal Dealer Information (pdf, 46kb)

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