Migratory Bird Hunting Zones

 

Below are boundary descriptions for the various migratory bird hunting zones by season.

Special Winter Canada Goose Season Hunting Areas
The areas within the confines of the following zone descriptions are open to hunting. Areas outside the confines of the following descriptions are closed to hunting.

North: That portion of New Jersey within a continuous line that runs east along the New York boundary line from the Delaware River to the Hudson River; then south along the New York State boundary to its intersection with Route 440 at Perth Amboy; then west on Route 440 to its intersection with Route 287; then west along Route 287 to its intersection with Route 206 in Bedminster (Exit 18); then north along Route 206 to its intersection with Route 94; then west along Route 94 to the toll bridge in Columbia; then north along the Pennsylvania State boundary in the Delaware River to the beginning point.

South: That portion of New Jersey within a continuous line that runs west from the Atlantic Ocean at Ship Bottom along Route 72 to Route 70; then west along Route 70 to Route 206; then south along Route 206 to Route 536; then west along Route 536 to Route 322; then west along Route 322 to Route 55; then south along Route 55 to Route 553 (Buck Rd.); then south along Route 553 to Route 40; then east along Route 40 to Route 55; then south along Route 55 to Route 552 (Sherman Av e.) ; then west along Route 552 to Carmel Rd.; then south along Carmel Rd. to Route 49; then east along Route 49 to Route 555; then south along Route 555 to Route 553; then east along Route 553 to Route 649; then north along Route 649 to Route 670; then east along Route 670 to Route 47; then north along Route 47 to Route 548; then east along Route 548 to Route 49; then east along Route 49 to Route 50; then south along Route 50 to Route 9; then south along Route 9 to Route 625 (Sea Isle City Blvd.); then east along Route 625 to the Atlantic Ocean; then north to the beginning point.

Waterfowl Zones
The following Waterfowl Zones apply to ducks, coots, mergansers, regular season Canada geese, brant, regular season light geese and Youth Waterfowl Days:

Coastal Zone: That portion of the State seaward of a line beginning at the New York State line in Raritan Bay and extending west along the New York State line to NJ 440 at Perth Amboy; west on NJ 440 to the Garden State Parkway; south on the Garden State Parkway to the shoreline at Cape May and continuing to the Delaware State line in Delaware Bay.

North Zone: That portion of the State west of the Coastal Zone and north of a line extending west from the Garden State Parkway on NJ 70 to the New Jersey Turnpike, north on the turnpike to U.S. 206, north on U.S. 206 to U.S. 1 at Trenton, west on U.S. 1 to the Pennsylvania State line in the Delaware River.

South Zone: Portion of the State not within the North Zone or the Coastal Zone.

Woodcock Zones

North Zone: North of Route 70 from Point Pleasant to Camden.

South Zone: South of Route 70 from Point Pleasant to Camden.

Special Sea Duck Area
Defined as all New Jersey coastal waters seaward from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) Demarcation Lines shown on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Nautical Charts and further described in 33 CFR 80 Districts 1 and 5.

COLREGS lines are used to delineate the "standard" waterfowl zones from the Special Sea Duck Area at inlets and bay mouths. For example, the COLREGS line at any ocean inlet and the mouth of Raritan Bay separates the Coastal Zone from the Special Sea Duck Area. At the mouth of Delaware Bay, COLREGS Demarcation Line 80.503 separates the Special Sea Duck Area from the South Zone. Delaware Bay is included in the South Zone.

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