Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are owned by the state of New Jersey and are overseen by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Wildlife Bureau of Land Management. WMA lands are managed to preserve a diversity of fish and wildlife habitats throughout the state of New Jersey. Over 320,000 acres are protected in WMAs throughout the state.
Most WMAs in New Jersey are left relatively “wild” for the benefit of plants, animals and fish. Trails are often unmarked, so a compass or GPS unit is recommended if you plan to explore. There are very few, if any, interpretive or informational signs. Camping, swimming and picnicking are not allowed. Parking areas are often grassy or dirt, so they may be inaccessible in inclement weather. Some WMAs have boat launches, and we have noted that when appropriate.
Hunting, trapping and fishing are allowed in all WMAs during legal seasons, licenses are always required. It is imperative that all visitors to New Jersey’s WMAs familiarize themselves with the hunting, trapping and fishing seasons and all WMA regulations by visiting www.njfishandwildlife.com
. If visiting a WMA during hunting season, wear bright colors such as bright yellow or flame orange – or visit on Sundays when hunting is suspended.
Enjoy these often pristine native habitats. Just remember; if it’s a WMA, it’s WILD.