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

Hunting Regulations
Fishing Regulations
Wildlife Management Area Regulations
Other Regulations

Revising Hunting and Fishing Regulations
Hunting and Fishing License Information
Fish and Wildlife Violations Information
The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact
NJ Child Support Certification Requirement Information


2020-2021 Game Code (pdf, 936kb)
  Game Code Amendment: New Jersey Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy, 2015 (pdf, 330kb)

arrow Hunting License Information
NOTE: New Format for Deer Hunting Regulations!
The nine Regulation Sets have been reformatted into two tables - one each for archery and firearm hunting. Regulation Sets (groups of deer management zones with the same season length and bag limits) still exist in the Game Code and are used when developing deer management strategies.
arrow 2021-22 Deer Hunting Regulations - Archery (pdf, 495kb)
arrow 2021-22 Deer Hunting Regulations - Firearms (pdf, 447kb)
arrow 2021-22 Firearms, Bows and Ammunition Legal for Deer Hunting Chart (pdf, 482kb)
arrow Deer Management Zone Descriptions
arrow Lands Open or Closed to Sunday Bow Hunting
arrow 2021-22 Bear Season (pdf, 592kb)
NOTE: 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 N.J. 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 New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
arrow 2021-22 Small Game Seasons Summary (pdf, 875kb)
arrow Air Gun Hunting In New Jersey
arrow 2021-22 Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information (pdf, 1.10kb)
arrow Turkey Hunting Area Map
arrow 2021-22 Migratory Bird Seasons Summary (pdf, 165kb)
arrow 2021-22 Duck Seasons Table (pdf, 50kb)
arrow "Constant" NJ Migratory Game Bird Regulations
arrow Federal Regulations Pertaining to Migratory Birds (pdf, 34kb)
arrow Multi-stock Duck Harvest Management in the Atlantic Flyway (pdf, 375kb)
arrow Nontoxic Shot Regulations for Hunting Waterfowl and Coots (US FWS Site)
arrow Waterfowl Harvest Information Program (HIP)
arrow 2021-22 Trapping Season Summary (pdf, 1.22mb)
arrow 2020-21 Beaver/Otter Trapping Season Supplement (pdf, 710kb)
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, 880kb)


2018-2019 Fish Code (pdf, 265kb)

arrow Freshwater Herring Closure
arrow 2022 Freshwater Fishing DIGEST
arrow 2021 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary (except trout) (pdf, 690kb)
arrow 2021 Trout Regulations Summary (pdf, 350kb)
arrow 2021 Holdover Trout Lakes (Salmon-Trout) Regulations (pdf, 210kb)
arrow Trout Regulation Areas - South Branch Raritan River (.jpg)
arrow Fishing License Information


arrow New fishing regulations effective December 20, 2021 (pdf, 300kb)

Please be aware that fishing for sharks is regulated by the State and federal regulations. Federal regulations prohibit targeting any prohibited species and anglers must release any prohibited shark immediately, without removing it from the water and in a manner that maximizes its chances of survival. For example, Sand Tiger Sharks are a prohibited species, therefore posing for pictures on the beach with this species or any other species on the prohibited list is a violation of federal regulations. Additional information on the regulations regarding these species can be found at:

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 Striped Bass Circle Hook Requirement Update
arrow Commercial Crab License Update (pdf, 132kb) - Updated December 22, 2021
arrow Saltwater Registry Information
arrow 2022 Marine Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST - Regulations accurate at time of publication; changes noted above
arrow 2022 "Attention Anglers" Recreational Marine Fishing Regulations Summary Sheet (pdf, 482kb)
arrow 2022 Marine Recreational Seasons Summary Chart (pdf, 149kb)
arrow 2022 Commercial Marine Fishing Regulations (pdf, 381kb) - Updated May 16, 2022
arrow Marine Licenses and Permits
arrow Commercial Quotas and Trip Limit Information
arrowCommercial Tautog Tagging Instructional Video
arrow Non-commercial Crab Pot Regulations (pdf, 17kb)
arrow Crab Pot Excluder Information
arrow Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fishing: Regulations and Reporting (NOAA Fisheries YouTube Channel)
arrow Interstate Certified Shellfish Shippers List (Certified Shellfish Dealers) (US FDA site)
arrow Prohibited Sharks Identification Placard (pdf, 1.5mb, NOAA Fisheries)
arrowPracticing Safe Catch-and-Release of Sharks (pdf, 685kb, NOAA Fisheries)


arrow Wildlife Management Area Regulations
arrow Freshwater Fisheries Permits
arrow Scientific Collecting Permits
arrow Deer Depredation Permits Rules and Regulations (pdf, 115kb)
arrow Resident Canada Goose Control Information (pdf, 85kb)
arrow Multi-stock Duck Harvest Management in the Atlantic Flyway (pdf, 375kb)
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, 100kb)
arrow Exotic and Nongame Wildlife Species Exempt From Required Possession Permit (pdf, 119kb)
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, 281kb)


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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