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 five 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 and sportswomen annually participate in the hunting program. Hunting in Deer Management Zone 61 is an opportunity offered to all properly trained and licensed hunting enthusiasts. Limits are placed on the number of hunters allowed in certain areas to maximize safety and to minimize impact on other park activities.
Steps to obtaining the required permits to Hunt D.M.Z. 61:
Permits must be purchased through the N.J. Division of Fish & Wildlife Deer Permit System. Permits are available on September 12th, 2022 beginning at 10AM thru September 30th, 2022 at 11:59PM. Permits can be bought on the N.J. Fish & Wildlife web site: www.njfishandwildlife.com or any license agents where hunting licenses are sold. Leftover permits are not available for sale.
The permit quotas for Zone 61 are as follows: 60 permits for Permit Bow Season, 60 permits for Permit Muzzleloader Season and 100 permits for Permit Shotgun Season.
Permitees will receive a notification from the Atlantic County Park System the first week of October. Hunting areas will be selected via lottery system. Lottery submissions will be from October 10th - October 12th. You can call or email the Park Office and let us know your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices for which hunting area you would like to hunt for each permit you possess. Anyone who does not pick an area prior to October 12th will be able to pick an area on a first come/first serve basis. Once the lottery is complete, applicants will be notified of the results via email and/or phone call. Results will be Thursday, October 13th, 2022.
County permits will be on sale starting Friday, October 14th at 8:00am. County hunting permits are $5.00 for each season selected. Permits can be purchased at:
Lake Lenape Boathouse
6303 Old Harding Highway
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Permit Sales (NJ): September 12-September 30, 2022
Lottery Submissions: October 10-October 12, 2022
Lottery Results: October 13, 2022
Permit Sales (County): October 14, 2022
Permit Bow Season: Oct. 29- Dec. 24, Dec. 26-31, 2022
Permit Muzzleloader Season: Nov. 28-29, Dec. 12, 13, 17-24, 26-31, 2022; Jan. 2-6, 2023
Six-day Firearm Season: Dec. 5-10, 2022
Permit Shotgun Season: Dec. 5-10, 14-16, 2022
Winter Bow Season: Jan. 1-31, 2023
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call or email at one of the numbers below:
Atlantic County Park Office: 609-625-8219, option 1
Atlantic County Park Rangers: 609-442-9104; 609-287-7324
Adam Witcraft, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation
609-625-7000 ext. 5400; firstname.lastname@example.org
SEASON DATES and BAG LIMITS:
Permit Bow Season: Oct. 29–Dec. 24 and Dec. 26–31, 2022; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Bow Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer.
Permit Muzzleloader Season: Nov. 28-29, Dec. 12-13, 17–24, 26–31, 2022; Jan. 2–6, 2023; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Muzzleloader Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer.
Six-day Firearm Season: Dec. 5–10, 2022; Please note: Hunting during Six-Day Firearm Season on Atlantic County Park property (Zone 61) is NOT open to all hunters. ONLY hunters with a current, valid 2022 Zone 61 Permit Shotgun Season permit may hunt the property during Six-Day Firearm Season. Bag limit: two antlered deer. However, if a hunter harvests two antlered deer, they forfeit the opportunity to harvest an antlered deer during the Permit Shotgun. Only one buck may be taken at a time.
Permit Shotgun Season: Dec. 5–10, 2022 and 14–16, 2022; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer. In addition, hunters who purchase an Antlered Buck Shotgun Permit may harvest ONE antlered deer. However, for hunters who harvested two antlered deer during the Six-day Firearm Season, the bag limit in the Permit Shotgun Season is restricted to unlimited antlerless deer only.
Winter Bow Season: Jan. 1–31, 2023; Bag limit: unlimited antlerless deer and ONE antlered deer. Please note: Hunting during the Winter Bow Season on Atlantic County Park property (Zone 61) is NOT open to all hunters. ONLY hunters with a current, valid 2022 Zone 61 Permit Bow Season permit are allowed to hunt the property during Winter Bow Season.
Deer hunting is prohibited here all other times. The Atlantic County Park office is located at 6303 Old Harding Highway, Mays Landing, NJ 08330.
PERMANENT DEER STANDS ARE PROHIBITED; CRANK-INS AND SPIKES ARE PROHBITED; STANDS MUST BE TAKEN DOWN 2 WEEKS AFTER YOUR PERMIT SEASON HAS ENDED. ALL STANDS SHOULD BE PROPERLY IDENTIFIED WITH YOUR CID NUMBER.
Estell Manor Park (North End) – availability: 25 muzzleloader, 25 shotgun;
– open to Six-Day and Permit Shotgun season only
Lake Lenape A- availability: 27 bow, 27 muzzleloader, 27 shotgun; open to all permit seasons
Lake Lenape B- availability: 25 bow, 25 muzzleloader, 25 shotgun; open to all permit seasons
Riverbend A – availability: 10 bow, 10 muzzleloader, 10 shotgun; open to all permit seasons
Riverbend B- availability: 7 bow, 7 muzzleloader, 7 shotgun; open to all permit seasons
Riverbend C- availability: 5 bow, 5 muzzleloader, 5 shotgun; open to all permit seasons
Galloway East- availability: 18 bow, 12 muzzleloader, 12 shotgun; open to all permit seasons
Galloway West A- availability: 6 bow, 4 muzzleloader, 4 shotgun; open to all permit seasons
Galloway West B- availability: 3 bow, 2 muzzleloader, 2 shotgun; open to all permit seasons
Pine Forest- availability: 12 bow, 12 muzzleloader, 12 shotgun; open to all permit seasons
Pine Ave- availability: 10 bow, 10 muzzleloader, 10 shotgun; open to all permit seasons
Cologne- availability: 28 bow, 23 muzzleloader, 23 shotgun; open to all permit seasons
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.