New Jersey Deer Hunting Seasons for Archery and Firearms

Archery Deer Seasons

  • Fall Bow: Begins September 9, 2023, with various end dates and bag limits based on the zone.
  • Permit Bow: Starts October 28, 2023, offering unlimited antlerless and restrictions on antlered deer based on the zone.
  • Winter Bow: Commences January 1, 2024, with abundant antlerless opportunities and a single antlered deer in select zones.
  • Youth Day - Archery: Special one-day event on September 23, 2023, for either sex.
  • For specific zone details, bag limits, and regulations, refer to the NJ Archery Deer Digest.

Firearm Deer Seasons

  • Youth Day - Firearm: A limited one-day event on November 18, 2023.
  • Permit Muzzleloader and Shotgun: Start on November 27, 2023, with varying dates, offering rich antlerless and antlered deer hunting across several zones.
  • Six-Day Firearm: Permits two antlered deer from December 4 to December 9, 2023.
  • Permit Shotgun: Includes multiple dates with specific bag limits depending on the zone.
  • For detailed dates, zones, and bag limits, consult the Firearm Deer Hunting Digest.

Hunters should always confirm the specific dates and zone regulations in the official New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife materials before planning their hunts.

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