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New Jersey - 2015-16 Season

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Season/ZoneDatesNotes
Duck, Coot & Merganser
North
Oct 10 - Oct 22
Nov 14 - Jan 9
West of the Coastal Zone and north of a line west from the Garden State Parkway on NJ-70 to the NJ Turnpike, north to US-206, north to US-1 at Trenton, west to the PA state line in the Delaware River
Duck, Coot & Merganser
South
Oct 17 - Oct 24
Nov 14 - Jan 14
Remainder of the state
Duck, Coot & Merganser
Coastal
Oct 31 - Nov 3
Nov 26 - Jan 30
Seaward of a line beginning at the NY state line in Raritan Bay and extending west to NJ-440 at Perth Amboy; west to the Garden State Parkway, south to the shoreline at Cape May and continuing to the DE state line in Delaware Bay
Brant
North
Nov 14 - Nov 28
Dec 22 - Jan 9
Brant
South
Oct 17 - Oct 24
Nov 14 - Dec 10
Brant
Coastal
Nov 26 - Dec 5
Dec 19 - Jan 12
Canada Goose
North
Nov 14 - Nov 28
Dec 12 - Jan 23
Canada Goose
South
Nov 14 - Nov 28
Dec 12 - Jan 23
Canada Goose
Coastal
Oct 31 - Nov 3
Nov 26 - Feb 15
Canada Goose
Statewide
September
Sep 1 - Sep 30Electronic calls and unplugged shotguns are permitted
Canada Goose
Special Winter
Jan 25 - Feb 15Open in the following areas:
  • North: portion of the state within a line that runs east along the NY line to the Hudson River, then along the NY line to its intersection with Rte 440 at Perth Amboy; west to Rte 287, west to Rte 206 in Bedminster Cty (Exit 18), north to Rte 94, west to the toll bridge in Columbia, north along the PA line in the Delaware River to the beginning point.
  • South: portion of the state within a line that runs west from the Atlantic Ocean at Ship Bottom along Rte 72 to Rte 70, west to Rte 206, south to Rte 536, west to Rte 322, west to Rte 55, south to Rte 553 (Buck Rd), south to Rte 40, east to Rte 55, south to Rte 552 (Sherman Ave), west to Carmel Rd, south to Rte 49, east to Rte 555, south to Rte 553, east to Rte 649, north to Rte 670, east to Rte 47, north to Rte 548, east to Rte 49, east to Rte 50, south to Rte 9, south to Rte 625 (Sea Isle City BlVd), east to the Atlantic Ocean, then north to the beginning point.
Sea DuckSep 29 - Jan 30Sea Duck Area only: any waters of the Atlantic Ocean and in addition any tidal waters of any bay which are separated by at least 1 mile of open water from any shore, island or emergent vegetation. In this area, hunters must limit their hunting to open water areas at least one mile from any land or emergent vegetation in any direction.
Light GooseOct 17 - Feb 15
Light Goose Conservation OrderFeb 16 - Apr 9Electronic calls and unplugged shotguns are permitted
YouthNorth: Oct 3 & Oct 31
South: Oct 10 & Nov 7
Coastal: Nov 7 & Feb 13
Open to hunters age 15 and under supervised by a licensed, non-hunting adult (21+)

Additional Information

Bag LimitSpecies/SeasonDaily Limit
Possession limit: 3 times daily bag limit
Ducks6, including no more than:
  • 4 mallards (max. 2 female)
  • 4 scoters
  • 2 scaup
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 2 redheads
  • 2 pintails
  • 2 canvasbacks
  • 1 black duck
Coots15
Mergansers5, including no more than 2 hooded mergansers
Brant1
Canada Geese
September
15
Canada Geese
Regular
North: 3
South: 3
Coastal: 5
Canada Geese
Special Winter
5
Sea Ducks7, including no more than 4 scoters
Light Geese25, no possession limit
Light Goose Conservation OrderNo daily or possession limits
Hunting TimesAreaTimes
Statewide1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
No hunting on Sundays
Light Goose Conservation Order1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
Arms & AmmoTypeDetails
Shotgun10 gauge or smaller, incapable of holding more than three shells
ShotMust be non-toxic and of size T or smaller
ArcheryCrossbows are permitted
Arrows with flu-flu type fletching are required
Arrows with edged heads are prohibited
FalconrySpecial dates and limits, please contact the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife.