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NOTE: Hunting regulations and information available on the Pocket Ranger Mobile App are NOT for the current year and should be disregarded.
Please refer to links on this page and the 2018-19 Hunting and Trapping Digest for current regulation information.

Operation Game Thief Logo 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

New Jersey Joins Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact (DEP News Release, 11/27/17)

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


2017-2018 Game Code (pdf, 4.9mb)
  Game Code Amendment: New Jersey Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy, 2015 (pdf, 330kb)

arrow 2018-2019 Hunting and Trapping Digest
arrow Hunting License Information
arrow 2018-2019 Deer Regulation Sets (pdf, 135kb)
arrow Deer Regulation Set Reference Chart and Zone Map
arrowDeer Management Zone Descriptions
arrow 2018 Black Bear Regulations Summary (pdf, 190kb)
NOTE: Following Governor Phil Murphy's Executive Order No. 34 (pdf), DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe has issued Administrative Order No. 2018-24 closing all DEP owned, managed or otherwise controlled lands to bear hunting during the October and December 2018 season segments. The closure includes, but is not limited to, the following: state forests, parks, recreation areas and natural areas; and wildlife management areas.
Administrative Order 2018-24 (pdf)
arrow 2018-19 Small Game Seasons Summary (pdf, 220kb)
arrow Air Gun Hunting In New Jersey
arrow 2018-2019 Wild Turkey Hunting Season Regulations and Information (pdf, 190kb)
arrow Turkey Hunting Area Map and Spring 2017 Lottery Quota Information
arrow Turkey Check Stations (pdf, 110kb)
arrow 2018-2019 Migratory Bird Seasons Summary (pdf, 150kb)
arrow 2018-2019 Duck Seasons Table (pdf, 80kb)
arrow Federal Regulations Pertaining to Migratory Birds (pdf, 34kb)
arrow Why Is the Coastal Zone Canada Goose Season More Liberal Than the North and South Zones?
arrow Nontoxic Shot Regulations for Hunting Waterfowl and Coots (US FWS Site)
arrow Waterfowl Harvest Information Program (HIP)
arrow 2018-2019 Trapping Season Summary (pdf, 615kb)
arrow 2018-2019 Beaver/Otter Trapping Season Booklet (pdf, 1.5mb)
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 Dog Training Rules (pdf, 28kb)
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)


2018-2019 Fish Code (pdf, 265kb)

arrow Freshwater Herring Closure
arrow 2018 Freshwater Fishing Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
arrow 2018 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary (except trout) (pdf, 835kb)
arrow 2018 Trout Regulations Summary (pdf, 450kb)
arrow 2018 Holdover Trout Lakes (Salmon-Trout) Regulations (pdf, 195kb)
arrow Trout Regulation Areas - South Branch Raritan River (.jpg)
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. 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)

arrow Summer Flounder (Fluke) Information/Regulations
arrow Saltwater Registry Information
arrow 2018 Marine Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST Regulations accurate at time of publication; changes noted above
arrow 2018 "Attention Anglers" Recreational Marine Fishing Regulations Summary Sheet (pdf, 220kb)
arrow 2018 Marine Recreational Minimum Size, Possession Limits and Seasons Summary Card (pdf, 1.6mb)
arrow 2018 Commercial Marine Fishing Regulations (pdf, 285kb)
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 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fishing: Regulations and Reporting (NOAA Fisheries YouTube Channel)
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, 20kb)
arrow Wildlife Relocation Policy (pdf, 60kb)
Captive Game Species
arrow Captive Game Regulations (pdf, 39kb)
arrow Captive Game Information and Permit Application Forms (Including Skunks)
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 The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact
arrow Bureau of Law Enforcement
arrow License Agents
arrow Motor Boat License, Title and Registration Information - NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
arrow Forms
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