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New Jersey Hunting Season 2023

We set out to create the most simplified guide to New Jersey hunting seasons for 2023.

Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?

Then you’ll love the info outlined in today’s guide. Let’s dive right in.

New Jersey Hunting Seasons

New Jersey Hunting Season Dates

New Jersey is a densely populated state but it still has some great outdoor offerings. And don't let it's size fool you - NJ has more than 750,000 acres of public hunting land available.

The Appalachian mountains run through the northern eastern part of the state and the southern part of the state has lots of farmland both of which offer good deer hunting due to the high deer population. There are some nice size lakes like Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood lake that offer good fishing. NJ also has miles of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean with great access to deep sea fishing.

New Jersey Deer Season 2023

Archery: September 11 - October 29 and October 30 - January 31

Youth Archery: September 25

Firearm: December 6 - December 11

Youth Firearm: November 20

New Jersey Wild Turkey Season 2023

Fall General Season: October 24 and October 26 -October 31

New Jersey Small Game Seasons 2023

Coyote: November 7 - March 15

Pheasant & Partridge: November 7- December 5

Rabbit: September 26, - December 5 and December 14 - December 15, and December 17 - February 20

Squirrel: September 26 - December 5 and December 14 - December 15 and December 17 - February 20

New Jersey Hunting Zones 2023

See the map below for a breakdown of NJ's hunting zones:

New Jersey Bag Limits 2023

NJ hunting is incredibly complicated. Please refer to the official site for your zone.

New Jersey Hunting License 2023

Resident/Non-residentSporting ArmCost

You can also buy the 'All around sportsmen' license for $72.50, which includes Resident Firearm Hunting, Bow and Arrow Hunting and Fishing Licenses.


Deer Permits for bow, shotgun, muzzleloader or bucks$28
Turkey season permit$21
Rifle Permit$10.50

New Jersey Hunting Regulations 2023

Firearm Deer season in NJ always opens the second Monday after Thanksgiving

The black bear season is closed. On June 21, 2021, New Jersey's Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (CBBMP) expired, and as such, there is no black bear hunt in 2021. In accordance with the Supreme Court ruling on September 27, 2007, no black bear hunt may occur without a properly-promulgated CBBMP proposed by the New Jersey Fish and Game Council and approved by the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

No hunting on Sunday (mostly)

You can hunt with a crossbow during Archery season

Must wear orange

Hunting hours vary by season

You have to harvest a doe before you get a buck

Helpful Resources

Official State Site:

How much is a New Jersey hunting license?

Alabama's hunting season starts October 15 for Archery and November 20 for firearms.

Can you hunt on Sundays in New Jersey?

Fuggedaboutit! Actually there are a few scenarios you can but mostly hunting on Sundays in not allowed in Jersey.

How to get a New Jersey hunting license?

First you have to pass the hunter safety course. You can then purchase a hunting license online at

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