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Best Hunting in New Jersey

The state of New Jersey is known for a lot of things and is visited for a variety of reasons. In the northwestern region of the state, you’ll find rich landscapes, hills, rock formations and the subtle segment of the Delaware Water Gap. In the south, you will find the uncommon hospitality and friendly community of Pine Barrens. However, what you may not know of is the state’s hunting spots.

New Jersey has over 480,000 acres of public terrain for hunting on 120 wildlife preserves. During the early 1900s, there were very few game to hunt in New Jersey. Yet at present date, there are a handful of game to hunt, including deer, wild boar and raccoon in the state. This is all attributed to the effective conservation practices and proper wildlife techniques. In fact, in 2008 alone, up to 53,200 deer were harvested. On the other hand, wild hogs were a foreign and alarming animal in the state thus their status as game hasn’t been concluded still.

There are many options on where to hunt game in New Jersey. These include wildlife management sites, NJ and country park facilities and private hunting associations. Although, the latter option may be open only to members of the club. Here are some areas where to hunt for game in the state of New Jersey.

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

Located in the coastal wetlands on the upper district of Atlantic City, this wildlife refuge is mainly focused with waterfowl, such as ducks and geese, yet also features a considerable population of deer. More than 4,000 acres of the refuge is composed of woodlands and upland areas distant from the wetlands, which offers a habitat for deer to live in.

To be able to hunt deer on this wildlife refuge, you are first required to request for a permit in one of the areas that were established for hunting, including Zones 56 to 58 and 70. Each zone has its individual sub-zone. For instance, Zone 70 has two while 58 has three. Requests are acknowledged through New Jersey lottery. The state does not conduct sales for available permits. Hunting is prohibited outside the zones.

Barbertown Sportsmen’s Club

Situated proximate to Clifton, New Jersey, the Barbertown Sportsmen’s Club is a public member-only hunting organization. It is composed of a team of hunters who founded the organization for wildlife conservation and hunting purposes.

The club offers 1,000 acres in 12 different hunting sites. As a member, you are allowed to hunt game on these sites anytime during the specific hunting season.
-John Lembo