The Atlantic County Park System offers a wide variety of recreational and leisure pursuits at its seventeen parks and facilities.
109 State Highway 50
Mays Landing
New Jersey
08330
United States
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Department of Public Works

Division of Parks and Recreation

Park Hours
7:30AM till
½ hour after sunset

Deer Management Zone (DMZ) 61

The Atlantic County Parks System has historically run a Deer Hunting program in certain prescribed areas within the Atlantic County Park System. In cooperation with the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife, Deer Management Zone 61 (Atlantic County Parks) was formed some twenty years ago with a primary goal of maintaining a stable deer herd while protecting park habitat from over browsing. Just as we humans share our public park lands a variety of animal and plant species share and depend on our Park lands habitat daily for food and shelter. As land stewards we attempt to keep deer herd levels in check to the benefit of all species of park wildlife.

The boundaries, season lengths and permit quotas of this program have continually changed to meet the ever changing size and scope of our County Park holdings. In recent years over 100 area sportsmen annually participate in the hunting program. Hunting in Deer Management Zone 61 is an opportunity offered to all properly trained and licensed sportsmen. Limits are placed on the numbers of hunters allowed in certain areas to maximize safety and to minimize impact on other park activities.

State & County DMZ 61 Hunting Permit Process

Steps to obtaining the required permits to Hunt D.M.Z. 61:

Over the years since D.M.Z. 61 has been in existence, the process to acquire a permit has gradually been revised and improved. Currently, Atlantic County Parks D.M.Z. 61 is under the designation
“Special Areas-County and State Parks.”

  1. Permits for Zone 61 will be available for sale on a first come, first served basis beginning 10 a.m. September 10, 2018.  Permits will be available for sale until 11:59 p.m. on October 1st. Permits will be available for sale at all license agents and online over the Internet. The permit quotas for Zone 61 are as follows: 60 permits will be available for the Permit Bow Season, 60 permits will be available for the Permit Muzzleloader Season and 100 permits will be available for the Permit Shotgun Season.
  2. Permitees will receive a letter from the County Park System. Our letter will inform you of the time, date and location of the required County Hunter Orientation Meeting. Hunting areas are selected on a first come, first serve basis (See "Deer Management Zone 61" page on this site for further sign up details).
  3. Note - Deer Management Zone 61 is a "No Bait Allowed Zone" and “ No Deer Drive Area”. All permits are revocable upon violation.
  4. The permit quotas for Zone 61 are as follows: 60 permits will be available for the Permit Bow Season, 60 permits will be available for the Permit Muzzleloader Season and 100 permits will be available for the Permit Shotgun Season.

After receiving your state permit you will need to obtain a county hunting permit. County hunting permits will be issued after your attendance at a mandatory orientation session. Group orientation is scheduled as follows:

Shotgun/Muzzleloader/Bow Orientation - Friday, October 12, 2018 at 7 PM

Note - We have combined our Bow and Firearms meetings into one meeting. We value the time of our sportsmen participating in our program.

Location - Lake Lenape East Catering Hall
753 Park Road
Mays Landing, NJ 08330

On the night of orientation, the session will begin at 7 PM. Specific park and area selection are given on a first come, first serve basis, at the orientation. A waiting list will be available after the arrival of the first hunter. The waiting sportsman will monitor this list. You must stay on location to hold your spot in line. After the orientation, you will be called according to this waiting list to select your area and receive your permit. When you apply for your county permit you must have your state Zone 61 permit, your hunting license, and $5.00 for each county permit. Make sure you have these items with you the night of orientation. If you can not attend a group orientation you have two other options.

1) Send a representative to the group meeting. Your representative must have all of your information, and will only be allowed to sign you up only after all other in-person hunters have been processed. At this point your representative will be given a slip of paper stating your area. You must then come in-person to pick up and sign all of your paperwork. You will also receive a one on one orientation at that time.

2) If you can not attend a group meeting please call (609) 625-8219 after the group meeting date and set up a time to register with the office. Remember some areas may be closed after the group orientations, so have a second area in mind.

Following is important policy information for the 2018/19 and future hunting seasons effecting Deer Management Zone 61.

  1. Hunting on Public land is a privilege. As with all organized Park System recreational activities safety and accountability for shared public property and resources are a top priority.

    D.M.Z. 61 permits will continue to be made available exclusively through the State license/permit system. Each applicant who obtains a permit will now be subject to an annual background check for Fish and Wildlife violations in the preceding ten years. There will be no additional charge to the applicant for this check. Any applicant found convicted of such a violation in New Jersey will be ineligible to participate in the D.M.Z. 61 program. Violation screening will be for convictions in the ten calendar years proceeding the opening day of that year’s season. Example, an applicant for the season beginning in 2018, must show a violation free record back to January 1, 2008. Inversely an applicant receiving a conviction in 2018 will not again be eligible till after January 1, 2028. Anyone with a conviction dating back to January 1, 2009 should not apply for Zone 61 as your application fees upon being deemed ineligible will not be refunded.

    Any conviction occurring once a given season has begun will also lead to the pulling of that individuals permit once Park is notified of the conviction.

    The same ten year loss of privilege will also apply to any conviction for a violation of County ordinance Section 97 Article IX - Hunting and Fishing of the Atlantic County Code.

New to Zone 61

The Galloway West hunting area will now be called “Galloway West A.” With our newest acquisition of 57 acres right off of Exit 44 from the Garden State Parkway, we will be able to open this new area for hunting in the 2018/2019 season. This new hunting area will be called, “Galloway West B.”

ZONE 61 Season Dates

All open seasons within the park system require possession of a valid New Jersey DFGW Zone 61 Special Permit, the applicable hunting license, and an Atlantic County permit. Sunday hunting is prohibited by State Law.

Season Dates Parks
Permit Bow Oct. 27 - Dec. 24, 2018 Dec. 26 - Dec. 31, 2018 Lenape, Riverbend, Galloway East & West, Pine Forest, Pine Ave., Cologne
Winter Bow (Possession of a Bow Permit required) Jan. 1 - 31, 2019 Lenape, Riverbend, Galloway East & West, Pine Forest, Pine Ave., Cologne
Six-day Firearm (Possession of a shotgun permit required) Dec. 3 -8, 2018 Estell , Lenape , Riverbend, Galloway East & West, Pine Ave. Pine Forest, Cologne
Permit Muzzleloader Nov. 26 - 27, Dec. 10 -11, Dec. 15 -24, Dec. 26 - 31, 2018, Jan. 1 -4, 2019 Lenape , Riverbend, Galloway East & West, Pine Ave. Pine Forest, Cologne
Permit Shotgun Dec. 12 -14, 2018 Estell, Lenape, Riverbend, Galloway East & West, Pine Ave. Pine Forest, Cologne

ZONE 61 Special Notes Current Season

*** Zone 61 Permits will only be sold through Special Application Period. No left over permits will be available. ***

1.  Permit Bow Season runs from October 27, 2018 till December 31, 2018, except Sundays and December 25.

2.  Permit shotgun ~ Antlerless deer hunting in effect Dec. 3 -8, Dec. 12 -14, 2018.

3. Winter Bow Season runs from Jan. 1 - 31, 2019
NOTE: Winter Bow available only to registered Permit Bow applicants of the previous season (Oct. 27 - Dec. 24, 2018 Dec. 26 - Dec. 31, 2018)

4. Plan your removal of potential game wisely. If time and location allows, a Ranger may be able to allow your vehicle access after hunting hours to some locations on a case by case basis. However, daytime access will generally not be granted as it may interfere with other hunters in that area. Always plan to harvest based on your ability and equipment to transport game to your vehicle without special access.

5. It is highly advised to obtain topographic maps of the area you want to hunt in.

6. Your actions will chart the course for future hunting programs. Remember when hunting on public property to share the resource.

7. Please take the time to fill out the "Hunter Response Card" after the season is over. The information collected will be used to manage and improve Zone 61's program.

8. All County laws apply to Zone 61 hunters, in addition to all State laws.

9. Two deer may be taken at one time.

10. Coyotes may be harvested while deer hunting.

Number of Deer Harvested in Zone 61

Figures taken from the New Jersey Division of Fish, Game & Wildlife web sight for Zone 61: www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/

Year
Fall Bow
Permit Bow
Six Day Firearm
Muzzle Loader
Permit Shotgun
Winter Bow
Youth Days
Total

2015/16

No Season

7

4

4

5

1

1

22

2014/15

No Season

3

2

5

3

4

0

17

2013/14

No Season

6

1

10

7

0

0

24

2012/13

No Season

11

2

11

3

0

0

27

2011/12

No Season

2

3

5

8

2

0

20

2010/11

No Season

2

3

5

2

0

0

12

2009/10

No Season

4

4

4

4

0

0

16

2008/09

No Season

2

0

7

7

0

0

16

2007/08

No Season

3

5

2

8

0

0

18

2006/07

No Season

5

5

4

9

0

0

23

2005/06

No Season

2

4

4

14

0

0

24

2004/05

No Season

4

4

9

16

1

0

34

2003/04

No Season

2

10

4

16

0

0

32

2002/03

No Season

2

10

4

16

0

0

32

2001/02

No Season

4

8

7

21

0

0

40

2000/01

No Season

4

0

4

15

0

0

23

1999/2000

No Season

4

2

12

34

0

0

52

1998/99

No Season

3

7

11

21

0

0

42

1997/98

No Season

3

6

7

20

0

0

36

1996/97

No Season

4

13

2

22

0

0

41

No Season

7

4

4

5

1

Season Options

Permit Bow:   Offers 55 days afield.

Winter Bow:   Offers 27 days afield.

Permit Muzzleloader: Offers 21 days afield.

Permit Shotgun: Offers 9 days afield.

Tree Stand and Climbing Devices

In response to request by participating sportsmen, we have changed the ordinance regarding tree stand removal, ordinance Chapter 97 - Section 10-97-94(B) now reads, No permanent tree stands will be allowed in County Park areas. Portable tree stands are permitted, but are left at the owner's expense and risk during the hunting season. We ask that all portable tree stands be removed at the end of the hunting season.

Note: Also, that park policy requires any sportsmen who is climbing off the ground to adhere to that climbing products manufactures recommendations for safety and safety devices. Non commercially produced climbing devices are not allowed to be used in the Park System.

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