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Hunting in New Jersey: 3 Animals to Hunt in the Spring

By    |   Friday, 29 May 2015 11:02 AM

If you find yourself in the great state of New Jersey in the spring and have an urge to hit the outdoors, there are a plethora of activities to choose from, with one of the most popular being hunting. If you are indeed lucky enough to find enough time to dust off your bow or rifle, here are three animals that are in season for hunting in New Jersey in the spring.

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  1. Wild Turkey - The spring season is a perfect time for those interested in hunting wild turkey in New Jersey. To get a permit for the spring, the application period is from late January to early February; permits must be picked up by March. The hunting periods for these animals occurs from April until May. The specific days you are allowed to hunt are a little sporadic during this time frame, so refer to your permit for more information. For those young gunners, there is a statewide Youth Turkey Hunting Day in April. Kids from the ages of 10-16 who have a license can hunt with an adult.
  2. Woodchuck - Starting March 2, get your rifles, bows and shotguns ready for woodchucks. In New Jersey, during the spring months, woodchucks are ripe for the picking. Woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, are all over the place in the New Jersey area during the springtime. There is no limit for how many you can shoot down. although a rifle permit is required when shooting with a rifle. There is also a very large range of time for when you can hunt the Woodchucks - from sunrise to half an hour after sunset.
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  4. Opossum, Raccoon and Crow - Unfortunately, the spring season is a quiet time for hunters in New Jersey. There are many animals you can hunt in the state but after March 1st, you need to wait for the new season. Opossum and raccoons, for example, are available to hunt until early March.  Another animal that could potentially spill over into the spring months is crow.  You are allowed to hunt crows until mid-late March.  There is no limit for how many you can hunt either.  Spring, being an in-between season, it is a little bit of a tough time for hunters compared to the winter, for example.  However, with the right knowledge and mindset, you can stay busy as a hunter in New Jersey. 
All information regarding hunting seasons comes from The New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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