New Jersey

September 11, 2019 2 min read

Pursuant to NJSA 23:4-24.2, no person shall kill, destroy, injure, shoot, shoot at, take, wound, or attempt to take, kill or wound a game bird or game animal, or have in possession or control any firearm or other weapon of any kind, while elevated in a standing tree, or in a structure of any kind within 300 feet of a baited area.
Pursuant to NJSA 23:4-24.3, a "baited area" shall mean the presence of placed, exposed, deposited, distributed, or scattered agricultural products, salt, or other edible lure whatsoever capable of attracting or enticing such birds or animals.
Growing and unharvested crops shall not be considered baiting or feeding game birds or game animals.
Pursuant to NJSA 23:4-24.4, the above restriction does NOT apply to deer hunting. Hunters targeting deer while elevated in a standing tree or in a structure of any kind may be within any distance of a baited area.
(pg 26)

Specifically Prohibited: On national wildlife refuges, the distribution of bait and/or hunting over bait. Also, no Sunday hunting on these lands.
In the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Baiting is prohibited.
(pg 29)

Baiting is allowed for deer hunting. Hunters may hunt for deer while in a tree, on the ground or in a structure and from any height and any distance from the bait pile. Hunters should check with the landowner or administrative agency before placing bait on their hunting area as baiting is not allowed on properties such as national wildlife refuges. 
(pg 34)

The use of bait is prohibited in Zone 61 (Atlantic and State Parks). 
(pg 44)

The use of bait is prohibited in Zone 66.
(pg 46)

Hunting over bait or distributing bait is prohibited on all refuges.
(pg 47)

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