New Jersey Hunting Seasons Information and Regulations

*All information listed below is disclosed based on research we have conducted. We do our best to ensure that all information is up to date and accurate. However, rules and regulations are changing every day. Please make sure to verify your state-specific regulations prior to your hunt.

Although one of the smallest and most densely populated states in the nation, New Jersey offers numerous hunting opportunities. New Jersey’s scientifically sound research and management programs ensure sustainability of the wildlife resource. The state offers deer, bear, waterfowl, small game, and wild turkey hunting. All hunters must complete a Hunter Education Course prior to hunting in New Jersey. Regulations for each type of hunt vary by season and region. The New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife provides detailed information about rules and regulations covering New Jersey hunting so that all hunters can

New Jersey Deer Seasons

4,5,6,7,8 Fall BowSaturday-September 10, 2022
0,2,3 Fall BowSaturday-October 1, 2022
ALL Youth Day ArcherySaturday-September 24 – November 19, 2022
4,5,6,7,8 Permit BowSaturday-October 29 – December 24, 2022
4,5,6,7,8 Permit BowMonday-December 26 – Saturday-December 31, 2022
4,5,6,7,8 Permit BowSaturday-October 29 – Sunday-November 27, 2022
4,5,6,7,8 Permit MuzzleloaderSaturday-October 29 – Saturday-December 24, 2022
4,5,6,7,8 Permit MuzzleloaderMonday-December 26 – Saturday-December 31, 2022
2,3 Permit MuzzleloaderSaturday-October 29 – Sunday-November 27, 2022
0 Permit MuzzleloaderSaturday-October 29 – Saturday-November 19, 2022
7,8 Winter BowSunday-January 1 – Saturday-February 18, 2023
0,2,3,4,5,6 Winter BowSunday-January 1 – Tuesday-January 31, 2023

*New Jersey regulates some deer seasons by location. For more information on specific hunting dates in your part of the state, visit the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife website.

New Jersey Wild Turkey Seasons

Period NOct 29, 2022 – Nov 5, 2022
Youth Turkey Hunting DayApr 22, 2023
Period Y (ages 10–16)Apr 22, 2022 – May 14, 2023
May 15, 2023 – May 26, 2023
Period A (M–F)Apr 24, 2023 – Apr 28, 2023
Period B (M–F)May 1, 2023 – May 5, 2023
Period C (M–F)May 8, 2023 – May 12, 2023
Period D (M–F)May 15, 2023 – May 19, 2023
May 22, 2023 – May 26, 2023
Period E (Saturdays)Apr 29, 2022
May 6, 13, 20, 2023

*Spring turkey hunting permits are awarded on a lottery basis. You must apply for a permit between January and February to be entered into the lottery. There is no lottery for the fall season.Make sure to check the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife website to know more information.

The latest turkey hunting techniques are presented at several turkey hunting seminars sponsored by Fish and Wildlife or wildlife conservation organizations. These seminars focus on how to set up, calling techniques and key safety information for turkey hunters. New turkey hunters are especially encouraged to join a seminar.

New Jersey Small Game Seasons

CoyoteOct. 1 – Mar. 15
Pheasant & PartridgeNov. 12 – Feb. 20
RabbitSept. 24 – Feb. 25
SquirrelSept. 24 – Feb. 25

*Like most states, New Jersey has a variety of specific regulations depending on the animal and seasons. Make sure to check the official site for the updated information, New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife website.

New Jersey Crossbow Regulations

Crossbow Specific Regulations: During all other hunting seasons for all species for which the use of a bow and arrow is permitted, crossbows are permitted. The stock length of a crossbow must be at least 25 inches and the draw weight must be at least 75 pounds.

New Jersey Hunting License

To hunt in New Jersey, you must be at least 10 years of age, have completed a hunter education course or possess a resident license from NJ or other state, or be eligible for an Apprentice Hunting License. All hunters and trappers are required to have a license and openly display it in the middle of the back on outer clothing. Learn more on their official website – New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife website.

If you want to check out the next state on our list, click here to see New Mexico.

Or, you can check out the last state on our list, New Hampshire.

About Al Parsons

Al Parsons is originally from Alabama, but has had the pleasure of hunting all over the United States. Al is an expert on crossbow hunting, as well as traditional rifle hunting. His favorite time of year is the start of Archery Deer season in Alabama, so usually in October.