Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Non-Hunting Areas in NJ For Outdoor Recreation

In addition to the information posted here yesterday, here are some other sources of information on places in NJ to use for hiking, birding and other recreational outdoor pursuits during the various hunting seasons.

A list of "Public Deer Hunting Land in New Jersey" is available online from NJ Fish & Wildlife at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/huntland.htm

There's also information on "Lands Open or Closed to Sunday Bow Hunting" which includes Wildlife management Areas and public lands that are still closed to hunting on Sundays. The latest list I could find is from 2009 so I'm assuming there haven't been changes - see http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2009/sundayhunt.htm

Of course, some of the smaller parks have no hunting allowed and those are good locations during this time too.

You can try Cheesequake State Park, Wells Mills County Park (Ocean County), the Watchung Reservation (Union County), South Mountain (Essex County), Apshawa Preserve(Passaic County) and the Ramapo Valley County Reservation (Note that the surrounding areas of Ramapo Mountain State Forest and Ringwood State Forest do allow hunting.)

For hikers, two good resources are: 

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