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New Jersey Small Game Hunting Season Dates

New Jersey Small Game Seasons

Squirrel Season

  • Gray Squirrel with Muzzleloading Rifle:
    • Start: Sept. 30, 2023 | End: Nov. 10, 2023
    • Start: Jan. 6, 2024 | End: Feb. 24, 2024
    • Bag Limit: Daily limit of 5, no season limit.
  • Gray Squirrel with Air Gun, Bow, Shotgun:
    • Start: Sept. 30, 2023 | End: Feb. 24, 2024
    • Bag Limit: 5 squirrels per day.

Rabbit Season

  • Rabbit/Hare with Air Gun, Bow, Shotgun:
    • Start: Sept. 30, 2023 | End: Feb. 24, 2024
    • Bag Limit: 1 hare or jackrabbit, and 4 cottontail, no season limit.

Raccoon Season (Night Hunting)

  • Raccoon with Air Gun, .22 cal. Rifle, Shotgun:
    • Start: Oct. 2, 2023 | End: Mar. 1, 2024
    • Bag Limit: Unlimited
    • Note: Season closed from Dec. 4-9 & 13, 2023.

Opossum Season (Night Hunting)

  • Opossum with Air Gun, .22 cal. Rifle, Shotgun:
    • Start: Oct. 2, 2023 | End: Mar. 1, 2024
    • Bag Limit: Unlimited
    • Note: Season closed from Dec. 4-9 & 13, 2023.

Woodchuck Season

  • Woodchuck with Bow or Shotgun:
    • Start: Nov. 11, 2023 | End: Open
    • Start: Mar. 1, 2023 | End: Feb. 24, 2024
    • Bag Limit: Unlimited
    • Note: Season closed from Dec. 4-9 & 13, 2023 for 2023 dates and Dec 2–7 & 11, 2024 for 2024 dates.
  • Woodchuck with Modern or Muzzleloading Rifle:
    • Start: Mar. 1, 2023 | End: Sept. 27, 2023
    • Start: Mar. 1, 2024 | End: Sept. 25, 2024
    • Bag Limit: Unlimited

For hunters, it's essential to verify all season dates and regulations with the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife before heading out, as well as obtain the necessary permits for the hunting season.

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