New Jersey has over 750,000 acres of public land throughout the state available for deer hunting. With a mixture of wildlife management areas, state parks, federal refuges and county and municipal properties, New Jersey has plenty of terrain to choose from. Burlington County, located just south of Trenton, New Jersey, features three types of hunting: archery, muzzle loading and shotgun. Each category has multiple seasons and deer limits for deer hunting.
Burlington County, New Jersey, is home to Rancocas State Park. This state park is located within section 48 of the New Jersey Deer Management Zone. This property is open to properly licensed bow hunters during the fall season, special permit season and winter season for whitetail deer. No other species may be taken in this area. All deer harvested in this area must be taken to a fish and wildlife station for check-in. There are several leasing tenants on this property, so hunters to the park must obey all signs marked "Safety Zone," "No Hunting" and "No Trespassing."
Wildlife Management Areas
Wildlife management areas in the Sate of New Jersey are multiple-use public lands administered by the Division of Fish and Wildlife. The Medford Wildlife Management Area is located in Burlington County and is used for deer hunting during regular hunting seasons. The Medford Wildlife Management Area is located in section 10 of the New Jersey Deer Management Zone. This wildlife management area has three archery seasons totaling 123 days, a 49-day muzzle loader season and two shotgun seasons totaling 36 days. All properly licensed deer hunters may use the Medford Wildlife Management Area during the appropriate season.
Burlington County, New Jersey, is home to the Wharton State Forest. Wharton State Forest is the largest single tract of land in the New Jersey State park system. The Wharton State Forest is located in section 23 of the New Jersey Deer Management Zone. Public hunting land within section 23 has three archery seasons for a total of 76 days, a 21-day muzzle loader season and a two-season, seven-day shotgun season. The deer bag limit for archery is six deer. Muzzleloaders are allowed two deer, including one buck. Shotgun hunters are allowed two buck and one antlerless deer.
The Fort Dix Military Reservation, located in Burlington and Ocean Counties in New Jersey, is open for deer hunting. This area is located in section 37 of the New Jersey Deer Management Zone. To hunt in Fort Dix, hunters must apply for a zone 37 permit. Applications are available through the Fish and Wildlife Department. Hunters wishing to hunt at Fort Dix must also have prior authorization and corresponding gate access to the Fort. Hunters must confirm they have this access prior to applying for a permit.
- New Jersey: Deer Hunting Brochure
- New Jersey: Division of Fish and Wildlife
- New jersey Department of Environmental Protection: Rancocas State Park
- New jersey Department of Environemtal Protection: WHarton State Forest
- New Jersey Fish and WIldlife: Deer Management Zones
- New jersey Division of Fish and WIldlife: Special Area Deer Hunting Information
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