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PDF Segments of the 2017-18 New Jersey Hunting and Trapping Digest


The 2018-2019 Hunting Digest is scheduled to be delivered on Thursday, August 23. We apologize for any inconvenience.

2017-18 Hunting and Trapping Digest Cover The 2017-18 Hunting and Trapping Digest is available on this page in PDF format only; for the interactive web version visit the publisher's website:

Note that an error was identified in the print version of the Digest:
Regulation Sets #7 and #8: the 2018 January reopening date of the Permit Shotgun Season is Saturday, January 6, not January 1.
This error was corrected in the PDF version of the Digest available on this website.

Print versions are available at Division offices and at license agents. Out-of-state residents can request a print copy by e-mailing

Past issues of the Hunting and Trapping Digest are linked below.

Complete 2017-18 Hunting and Trapping Digest (pdf, 7.9mb)


Cover - Page 7 Contains: Table of Contents; License Fee Information; Councils; Mission and Goals; Director's Message; Highlighots of Regulation Changes; About this Guide; Apprentice Hunting License; and advertisements. (pdf, 1.2mb)

Pages 8 - 23 Contains: Licenses, Permits and Stamps Information; Disabled Vet License Information; Checking Lottery Applications; Pheasant Allocation Formula: Maximizing Hunter Safety and Satisfaction (article); Pheasant/Quail Outlook; Deer Season Permits Information; Permit and License Agents; and advertisements. (pdf, 2.1mb)

Pages 24 - 31 Contains: Youth Hunts Information; General Hunting Regulations; Safety Tips for Crossbow Shooting Success; Edible Portions of Game Animals; Farmer Hunting and Permit Information; Deer Harvest Report Cards; and advertisements. (pdf, 530kb)

Pages 32 - 49 (except pages 38-43 below) Contains: Deer Hunting Regulations; Feral Hog Information; Firearms, Bows and Ammunition Legal for Deer Hunting; General Seasons vs. Permit Seasons; 2016-17 Deer Harvest Summary; Be Sure of Your Target and Beyond (Violation Information); Law Office and Regulation Information; Special Areas Deer Hunting Season Information; Hunters Helping the Hungry; and advertisements. (pdf, 895kb)

Pages 38 - 43 Contains: Deer Season Regulations Sets; and Deer Management Zone/Regulation Sets Map with Regulation Set Reference Chart (Zone:Reg Set). (pdf, 235kb)

Pages 50 - 69 Contains: NJ's Black Bear Research Project (article); Bear Hunting Regulations; Bear Bowhunting Strategies; 2016 Bear Harvest Summary; NJ WILD Outdoor Expo; Small Game Regulations and Seasons Summary Table; Fall and Spring Turkey Seasons; Youth Turkey Hunt; Turkey Check Stations; How Far Can Your Firearm Shoot; Public Turkey Hunting Land; Trapping Regulations; Be a Conservation-Minded Trapper (Bobcat); Migratory Bird Regulations; What Do I Need to Hunt Migratory Birds?; Report Banded Birds; Youth Waterfowl Day; Free Waterfowlers Clinic; and advertisements. (pdf, 1.4mb)

Pages 70 - 83 Contains: WMA Regulations; WMA Ranges; Landowner-Hunter/Trapper Agreement (HUNT SMART) Card; Garden State Deer Classic; Outstanding Deer Program; Chronic Wasting Disease Information; State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs; NJ to Increase American Black Duck Bag Limit (article); Celebrating 80 Years of Support for Wildlife Conservation (article); E-mail List Information; Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament; Become a Hunter Education Instructor; Operation Game Thief; Sunrise/Sunset Table; Public Deer Hunting Land; Maps Available; Safety Zone Information; Hunting Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges; and advertisements. (pdf, 1.2mb)

Pages 84 - 90 Contains: Hunter's Showplace Advertising Section; Telephone Directory; and advertisements. (pdf, 1.3mb)

Digest Advertising
The Division of Fish and Wildlife incorporates advertising in each issue of the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Digest to defray publishing and printing costs. This responsible use of funding permits the Division to expand communication and outreach efforts with the sportsmen and women who enjoy our wildlife resources.

To advertise in upcoming issues of the Digest (freshwater fishing, marine or hunting), click on the link to our publisher, J. F. Griffin Media, or call 413-884-1001.

Past Hunting Issues of the Fish and Wildlife Digest
Past issues are provided for archival, research and informational purposes only.

2016 Hunting and Trapping DIGEST
2015 Hunting and Trapping DIGEST
2014 Hunting and Trapping DIGEST
2013 Hunting and Trapping DIGEST
2012 Hunting and Trapping DIGEST
2011 Hunting and Trapping DIGEST
2010 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2009 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2008 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2007 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2006 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2005 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2004 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2003 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2002 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST
2001 Hunting Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST

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