New Jersey

The Garden State is renowned for beautiful oceanfront beaches, world-class offshore fishing, and a variety of opportunities for sportsmen and women. Originally inhabited by the Delaware tribe and later one of the original settlements in the 1660s, New Jersey has been at the forefront of American history and is currently ushering in a new era of high-tech modern inventions. From the iconic beachfront to the Pine Barrens across the state, New Jersey offers outdoor activities to both avid sportsmen and recreational wildlife enthusiasts. With 750,000 acres of public land available for sportsmen, the species available to harvest include black bears, wild turkey, whitetail deer, pheasant and quail, migratory ducks and geese, and various small game.


New Jersey State Caucus Fact Sheet

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus

Representative Jeff Van Drew
Representative Tom Kean, Jr.
Representative Chris Smith

New Jersey Angling and Hunting Conservation Caucus

Senator Steve Oroho
Assembly Member Parker Space

News Alerts

Sep 25 2023 New Jersey Fish and Game Council Sets Annual Bear Hunt Until 2028

Why it Matters: In New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection and the New...

Aug 21 2023 New Jersey Rolls Out New Deer Disease Sighting Form

Why It Matters: New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife (NJDFW) is requesting the...

Jul 24 2023 New Jersey Game and Fish Council Votes to Support Return of Black Bear Hunting Season

Why it Matters: In New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection and the New...

Feb 13 2023 Sportsmen’s Organizations Rally to Support Black Bear Hunting in New Jersey

Why It Matters: In New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection and the New...

Dec 12 2022 A Late Start, But New Jersey’s 2023 Black Bear Season Is On

Why it Matters: Fish and wildlife management decisions in New Jersey must be left...

Nov 21 2022 The Return of New Jersey’s Black Bear Season

Why It Matters: Fish and wildlife management decisions in New Jersey must be left...

Oct 31 2022 Fast-Moving Anti-Firearms Bill Advances in New Jersey

Why It Matters: Sportsmen and women, including recreational shooters, have a crucial role as...

Oct 24 2022 Restrictive Firearms Bill on the Move in New Jersey

Why It Matters: Sportsmen and women have a crucial role as the primary funders...

Oct 11 2022 Fall Trout Stocking Underway Across the Northeast

Why It Matters: State fish and wildlife agencies are instrumental in setting the frameworks...

Dec 20 2021 Governor Murphy, Others Pushing Anti-Gun Package Moving Through NJ Legislature

Contact: Nick Lewis, Mid-Atlantic States CoordinatorHighlightsWhy it Matters: New Jersey’s hunting and recreational shooting...

Sep 20 2021 Politics Continue to Dictate New Jersey Black Bear Hunt

Contact: Nick Lewis, Mid-Atlantic States CoordinatorHighlightsWhy it Matters:  The New Jersey Fish and Wildlife...

Jun 21 2021 New Jersey Hunting Contest Ban Moves Out of Committee

Contact: Nick Lewis, Mid-Atlantic States CoordinatorHighlightsWhy it Matters: Legislatively mandating wildlife management decisions, thereby...

Feb 01 2021 Helping Conserve New Jersey’s Waterfowl for Less than a Starbucks Coffee

Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States Senior CoordinatorOn January 27, the New Jersey Assembly...

Aug 31 2020 Sportsmen and Women Targeted in Governor’s Revised Budget Proposal in New Jersey

Contact: Brent Miller, Senior Director, Northeastern States and States Program AdministratorOn August 25, New...

Jun 15 2020 New Jersey: CSF Submits Comments Opposing Lead Tackle Restrictions in the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

Contact: Brent Miller, Senior Director, Northeastern States & States Program AdministratorOn June 8, the...

Apr 13 2020 New Jersey: Caucus Co-Chairs Push Back against Governor’s Order to Close State Forests, Parks

Contact: Brent Miller, Senior Director, Northeastern States & States Program AdministratorOn Tuesday, April 7, New...

Mar 30 2020 “Essential” Designations for Firearms-Related Businesses

Contact: Brent Miller, Senior Director, Northeastern States & States Program AdministratorOver the weekend the Trump...

Jan 20 2020 Northeast: Themes in Anti-Sportsmen Legislation in 2020 Beginning to Emerge

Contacts: Senior Director, Northeastern States and States Program Administrator Brent Miller & New England States Coordinator Joseph...

Jan 20 2020 New Jersey: Beaver Management Bill Awaiting Governor’s Decision

Contact: Senior Director, Northeastern States and States Program Administrator Brent MillerOn January 13, AB 2731, a bill...

Oct 15 2019 New Jersey: Caucus Co-Chair Releases Statement Supporting Bear Hunting

Contact: Brent Miller, Senior Director, Northeastern StatesToday marks the start of the 6-day bear hunt...

Feb 19 2019 New Jersey: State Appeals Court Rejects Further Restrictions on Bear Hunting

By Brett Stayton, Mid-Atlantic States CoordinatorThe well-documented fight regarding New Jersey’s bear hunting season...

Dec 17 2018 New Jersey: Governors, Hunters, and Bears! Oh My!

By Brett Stayton, Mid-Atlantic States CoordinatorWith a twist of poetic justice, New Jersey’s contentious...

Oct 29 2018 New Jersey: Anti-Hunting Bills Introduced Following Governor’s Ban on Public Land Bear Hunting

By Brett Stayton, Mid-Atlantic States CoordinatorOn October 15, two bills aimed at further expanding...

Sep 06 2018 New Jersey: Administrative Order Prohibits Black Bear Hunting on State Lands

By Brett Stayton, Mid-Atlantic States CoordinatorOn September 9, Catherine McCabe, the Commissioner of New...

Aug 24 2018 New Jersey: Caucus Members Speak out Against Governor’s Bear Hunting Ban

By Brett Stayton, Mid-Atlantic States CoordinatorSeveral members of the bipartisan and bicameral New Jersey...

Apr 13 2018 New Jersey: Caucus Co-Chair Receives Esteemed Conservation Leadership Award

By Brett Stayton, Mid-Atlantic States CoordinatorOn April 8, Senator Stephen Sweeney, Co-Chair of the...

Feb 16 2018 New Jersey: Sunday Hunting Bill Introduced by Caucus Co-Chair

On February 8, New Jersey Angling and Hunting Conservation Caucus Co-Chair, Assemblyman Burzichelli introduced...

Dec 21 2017 New Jersey: Bill to Authorize the Use of Tracking Dogs Clears Another Hurdle

On December 18, the New Jersey Assembly Committee on Appropriations unanimously reported out Assembly...

Dec 07 2017 New Jersey: Becomes 47th Member of the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact

On December 1, New Jersey became the 47th state to join the Interstate Wildlife...

Mar 09 2017 New Jersey: Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Policy Forum

On February 28, the bipartisan New Jersey Angling, Hunting and Conservation Caucus and the...

Oct 20 2016 New Jersey: Will Scientific Management or Emotion Rule the Day?

Recently, several anti-sportsmen and anti-scientific management legislative proposals have advanced in the New Jersey...

Sep 08 2016 New Jersey: Judge Strikes down Trophy Importation Ban

On August 29, U.S. federal court Judge Freda Wolfson ruled in favor of sportsmen...

May 05 2016 New Jersey: Governor Christie Issues Conditional Veto on Trophy Ban

On May 2, Governor Chris Christie issued a conditional veto on New Jersey Senate...

Jun 26 2013 New Jersey Caucus Holds Policy Briefing on Marine Fisheries Funding

On Thursday, June 6, the New Jersey Angling and Hunting Conservation Caucus, partnered with...

Dec 18 2012 New Jersey: Sunday Hunting Bill Clears Assembly Committee

Assembly Bill 1538, sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli (Co-Chair, New Jersey Angling and Hunting...

Oct 03 2012 New Jersey: Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs Signed into Law

On September 18, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law bipartisan legislation (AB...

Latest policy updates

Many sportsmen and women depend on federal lands managed by agencies such...

In many areas of the country, state court rulings, as well as...

In addition to the American System of Conservation Funding, some states have...

Properly managed wildlife habitat is essential for supporting sustainable and healthy wildlife...

Revenue from sporting licenses is a crucial element for funding state fish...

Certain states have sought to restrict the importation of legally harvested game...

Preemption is the process where a higher level of government revokes the...

Every federally licensed firearm dealer is required to check the eligibility of...

A standard capacity magazine generally means any detachable ammunition feeding device that...

Encouraging sportsmen’s involvement in the political process is an important method for...

The vast majority of states throughout the nation offer an online component...

Reports and Data

Jan 01 2022 New Jersey: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

New Jersey: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

Jan 01 2013 2013 Sportsmen's Economic Impact Report - New Jersey

2013 Sportsmen’s Economic Impact Report - New Jersey

Jan 01 2007 2006 Economic Impact Report — New Jersey

New Jersey sportsmen and women outnumber the residents of Newark and Jersey City (562,000...

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