2021-2022 Migratory Bird Season – Information and Population Status
Tuckahoe WMA Lottery Application Page
Atlantic Brant Migration and Breeding Ecology Study 2021 Update
(NJ Outdoors ProgramVideo, December 2019)
Statewide Veterans/Military Day: Nov. 6
Statewide Joint Youth and Veterans/Military Day: Feb. 5
See2021-2022 Migratory Bird Season Information and Population Statusfor current information.
With hundreds of miles of ocean and bayshore coastline, coastal and inland wetlands, small ponds and large lakes, New Jersey hosts an enormous variety of waterfowl species. Waterfowl can be found in abundance in the varied wetland habitats throughout the state including wood ducks in the beaver swamps of northern New Jersey to snow geese in the vast salt marshes along Delaware Bay.
In fact, New Jerseys salt marshes and coastal back bay habitats are of global significance given that over one-third of the black ducks in the eastern United States and over two-thirds of North Americas Atlantic brant spend winter in these marshes.
Photo by Gary Lehman -click to enlarge
Due to the migratory nature of waterfowl, the research and management activities of the Divisions Waterfowl Ecology and Management Program are generally conducted on a flyway or continental scale requiring the participation of numerous state, provincial, federal (US and Canadian) and non-government partners. New Jersey is a member of theAtlantic Flyway Councilwhich provides the means to participate in promulgating annual hunting regulations and long-term management plans in cooperation with partner states and theU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The primary objective of the Divisions Waterfowl Program is to work in a cooperative manner with the numerous government and non-government agencies responsible for the populations and habitats of migratory game birds.
What Do I Need To Hunt Migratory Birds In New Jersey?
To hunt crows: a New Jersey hunting license.
To hunt woodcock, rail, snipe, coots or moorhens (gallinule): a New Jersey hunting license andHarvest Information Program(HIP) certification.
Required to hunt ducks, geese or brant: a New Jersey hunting license, HIP certification,Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation StampandNew Jersey Waterfowl Stamp. Both federal and state stamps are required for waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and older and must be signed in ink across the stamps face. Federal stamps are available at U.S. post offices andonline. State stamps are available fromlicense agentsor purchased and printed from thelicense website.
NOTE:Migratory Bird Season information is included in theHunting & Trapping Digest, published in August. The migratory bird regulations booklet is no longer produced.
2021-2022 Migratory Bird Seasons Summary
2021-2022 Migratory Bird Seasons Card
Constant NJ Migratory Game Bird Regulations
Migratory Bird Hunting Zones and Closure Areas
Canada Goose Harvest Management in NJ – FAQs Concerning 2019-20 Changes
Harvest Information Program (HIP) for Migratory Birds
Federal Regulations Pertaining to Migratory Birds
Nontoxic Shot Regulations for Hunting Waterfowl and Coots
Multi-stock Duck Harvest Management in the Atlantic Flyway
Atlantic Brant Migration and Breeding Ecology Study 2020 Update
Estimated Migratory Waterfowl Harvest, 1973-2017
Successful Hunting Tactics for Greater Snow Geese
Black Duck Management Strategies for North America
Patterns of Duck Hunting Activity and Success in New Jersey, 1999-2011
Resident Canada Goose Control Information
Canada Goose Banding in the Arctic- August, 2001
Wading River WMA Blinds for Youth Hunters
Guidance for Hunters(USDA, pdf, 100kb)
Caution: Feeding Waterfowl May Be Harmful!
Waterfowl Behavior and Wintering Habitat Requirements In Coastal New Jersey
US FWS Division of Migratory Bird Management
US FWS Migratory Bird Laws, Regulations and Policies
Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp
– Produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in collaboration with flyway and state waterfowl managers.
Ducks at a Distance – Waterfowl ID Guide
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