New Jersey's deer herd is a major component of the landscape throughout
all but the most urbanized areas of the state. Deer affect our
forests, farms, gardens, backyards and roadways. From a population
reduced to a handful of deer in the early 1900s they rebounded
during the 20th Century to a thriving herd today.
A healthy deer herd, managed at levels that are compatible
with current land use practices and the human population, has
great value to the people of the state. Deer are photographed,
watched and hunted by many New Jerseyans and visitors from elsewhere.
Deer hunters spend more than 100 million dollars each year as
they enjoy approximately 1.5 million recreation-days hunting
deer. Money spent in the course of deer hunting benefits a wide
variety of New Jersey businesses.
And for hunters looking for a place to hunt, New Jersey offers
more than 750,000 acreas of public land (state, federal, county
and municipal) available to the deer hunter. Visit the Public
Deer Hunting Land page for a breakdown of state Wildlife
Management Areas, state parks and state forests by Deer Management
Zone. The page also has links for maps and information on hunting
Information on NJ's deer herd, seasons, public land, maps, and places to stay. Download
NOTE: Information is from 2006
2014 Deer Hunting Information
Youth Deer Bow Hunt Saturday, September 27 Fall Bow Opens September 13 in Early Zones; October 4 Statewide Permit Bow Season Opens November 1 Youth Deer Firearm Hunt Saturday, November 22 Six-day Firearm Season, December 8-13