Yeah, I would like to live in a place where the bucks live to see there 2nd birthday!
You are right though. If you have the "private" land to hunt. NJ is the place to be!
I am lucky haveing grown up here and knowing a lot of farmers and friends with land. I have plenty of places to hunt, some of my spots are on public land and they are good too.
Non-resident firarm or bow is $135.50
You can hunt the one week shotgun season or with the bow license you can hunt (depending on the zone, the state is broken down into 67 hunt zones) anywhere from 24 to 42 days.
The extra permits are $28 each and shotgun alows (depending on the zone) either 1, 3, 10, 34, or 50 days. bow allows you an extra 28, 42 or 54 days depending on the zone.
Most of the state land near me is on the high end of nomber of days allowed. In my zone if you hunt with shotgun, bow and muzzleloader you can start hunting on Sept 6th and hunt everyday but sundays, Thanksgiving and Christmas untill Feb 14th.
There are deer to be had on the state lands. If you are serious about hunting here, I'll point you in the right direction. Send me a message.
OK but, I don't know your e-mail address.
The website for the state is
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.
You can get most of your info there and if you do come to hunt I can show you some good areas I know of that are public.
Understanding wind currents and thermals in hilly, broken terrain can often be incredibly frustrating. I've found that collecting and storing milkweed seed pods during the late summer has made me a better hunter in the bluff country that I hunt. These little feather like seed dispersers will float on the lightest of air currents and will show you what the wind is not only doing right at you're location but more importantly down range. I like to use the off season to float them...