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Hunting in New Jersey: 7 Animals Designated Nongame, Endangered, Threatened, and Protected Species

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 12:51 AM

If an animal doesn’t have a designated season and/or a special stamp or permit, you probably aren’t allowed to shoot it in the Garden State. In general, regulations for hunting in New Jersey are very specific. Nearly every type of permissible game has its season and hunting rules detailed in the Fish and Game Laws or Code. All nongame mammals, reptiles, birds, and amphibians are protected, as are a few that might be considered game elsewhere.

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Some notable creatures that hunters may encounter, which are protected in New Jersey include:
  1. Bobcats (Lynx rufus) - These beautiful wildcats are classified as endangered in New Jersey. No hunting or trapping is allowed.
  2. Brants (Branta bernicla) - The population of these small geese has been shrinking in recent years, so officials are considering closing the upcoming season. An announcement will be made after late-summer meetings of the Atlantic Flyway Council and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  3. Fishers (Martes pennanti) - New Jersey and other northeastern states have made a strong effort to reintroduce these small, furry carnivores, and they are returning to healthier populations, but not to the extent that they may be trapped or hunted.
  4. King Rails (Rallus elegans) - Unlike black rails (Laterallus jamaicensis), which are on the New Jersey endangered list and the federal Migratory Nongame Bird of Management Concern roster, these large, freshwater birds aren’t endangered, but are protected in New Jersey.

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  6. Mourning Doves (Zenaida macroura) - New Jersey is one of a handful of states that prohibits dove hunting. They’re categorized as nongame birds and specifically protected by New Jersey’s Fish and Game Laws or Code.
  7. Northern Bobwhite Quails (Colinus virginianus) - Native to the southern half of New Jersey, these birds’ population has declined in New Jersey enough that the Division of Fish and Wildlife has limited quail hunting. The Peaslee and Greenwood Forest Wildlife Management Areas and certain stocked shooting preserves are the only places DFW will open for hunting quail.
  8. Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) - These large, long-lived cranes are specifically protected from hunting in New Jersey. Maybe because some theorize that the cranes gave rise to the legend of the dragon-like New Jersey Devil.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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