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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.

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 Regulations
Other Regulations

Revising Hunting and Fishing Regulations
Hunting and Fishing License Information
Fish and Wildlife Violations Information
NJ Child Support Certification Requirement Information


2013-2014 Game Code (pdf, 340kb)

arrow Fish and Game Council Proposes Updated Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy - DEP News Release, 3/3/15
arrow Game Code Amendments Proposed; Public Hearing March 31, Comment By May 15
arrow 2014-2015 Hunting and Trapping Digest (published in August)
arrow Hunting License Information
arrow 2014-2015 Deer Regulation Sets (pdf, 120kb)
arrow Deer Regulation Set Reference Chart and Zone Map
arrow 2014-15 Small Game Seasons Summary (pdf, 68kb)
arrow Air Gun Hunting In New Jersey
arrow 2015 Wild Turkey Hunting Season Information Booklet (pdf, 475kb)
arrow 2015 Turkey Hunting Area Map and Lottery Quota Information (pdf, 350kb)
arrow 2014-2015 Migratory Bird Regulations Booklet (pdf, 220kb)
arrow 2014-2015 Migratory Bird Seasons Summary (pdf, 19kb)
arrow Federal Regulations Pertaining to Migratory Birds (pdf, 34kb)
arrow Approved Nontoxic Shot for Waterfowl (October 2009)
arrow Waterfowl Harvest Information Program (HIP)
arrow 2014-2015 Trapping Season Summary (pdf, 615kb)
arrow 2014-2015 Beaver/Otter Trapping Season Booklet (pdf, 140kb)
arrow Beaver and Otter Management Zone Map - Low Resolution (jpg, 100kb) High Resolution (jpg, 900kb)
arrow Beaver and Otter Management Zone Descriptions (pdf, 26kb)
arrow Permit Information
arrow Farmer Information
arrow Commercial Shooting Preserve Information
arrow Semi-wild Shooting Preserve Information
arrow Deer Management Assistance Program Regulations (pdf, 114kb)
arrow Safety Zone Information (pdf, 58kb)


2014-2015 Fish Code (pdf, 105kb)

arrow American Shad Fishery Closure for All NJ Waters Except Delaware River and Delaware Bay
arrow Freshwater Herring Closure
arrow 2015 Freshwater Fishing Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
arrow 2015 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary (except trout) (pdf, 385kb)
arrow 2015 Trout Regulations Summary (pdf, 230kb)
arrow 2015 Holdover Trout Lakes (Salmon-Trout) Regulations (pdf, 115kb)
arrow 2014 Freshwater Fishing Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
arrow 2014 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary (except trout) (pdf, 330kb)
arrow 2014 Trout Regulations Summary (pdf, 235kb)
arrow 2014 Holdover Trout Lakes (Salmon-Trout) Regulations (pdf, 110kb)
arrow Fishing License Information


NOTE: Many marine species are managed on a coast-wide basis with seasons and limits required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. They then must be approved by our state's Marine Fisheries Council. The Council usually addresses these issues at their March meeting with the management measures being 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.

arrow Diamondback Terrapin Season Closed Due to Increased Harvest Pressures (DEP News Release)
arrow Notice of Rule Proposal: General Net Regulations and Artificial Reefs - NJDEP Site
arrow American Lobster Regulation Changes in 2015 (pdf, 24kb)
arrow Saltwater Registry Information
arrow 2014 Marine Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST (published in May) Regulations accurate at time of publication; changes noted above
arrow 2014 Recreational Marine Fishing Regulations Summary Sheet - Updated 9/25/14 (pdf, 435kb)
arrow 2014 Commercial Marine Fishing Regulations (pdf, 140kb)
arrow Commercial Quotas and Trip Limit Information
arrow Interstate Certified Shellfish Shippers List (Certified Shellfish Dealers) - US FDA site
arrow Shark Species That Can Be Legally Retained by Recreational Anglers (pdf, NOAA site)
arrow Marine Licenses and Permits
arrow Non-commercial Crab Pot Regulations (pdf, 17kb)
arrow Crab Pot Excluder Information


arrow Wildlife Management Area Regulations
arrow Freshwater Fisheries Permits
arrow Scientific Collecting Permits
arrow Canada Goose Control Information (pdf, 30kb)
arrow Wildlife Relocation Policy (pdf, 60kb)
Captive Game Species
arrow Captive Game Regulations (pdf, 39kb)
arrow Captive Game Information and Permit Application Forms
Exotic and Nongame Species
arrow Exotic and Nongame Wildlife Species Regulations, N.J.A.C. (pdf, 4.4mb)
arrow Exotic and Nongame Species Requiring a Permit for Possession (pdf, 26kb)
arrow Exotic and Nongame Wildlife Species Exempt From Required Possession Permit (pdf, 27kb)
arrow Exotic and Nongame Potentially Dangerous Wildlife Species
arrow Exotic and Nongame Wildlife Permit Application Forms (Including Hobby Permit)
arrowPermit FAQs
arrow Pet Shop/Animal Dealer Information (pdf, 46kb)


arrow Bureau of Law Enforcement
arrow License Agents
arrow Boat Registration Information - NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
arrow Boat Operator License Information - NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
arrow Forms
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