New Jersey Bow Hunting Bill Signed Into Law

New Jersey Bow Hunting Bill Signed Into Law

New Jersey Bow Hunting Bill Signed Into Law
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance

TRENTON, NJ –-( Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Van Drew and Oroho, and Assemblypersons Burzichelli, McHose, Albano, Milam, Moriarity, Chiusano, Addiego, Rudder and Riley that modifies the perimeter for bow hunting around occupied buildings was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

The new law changes the area for bow hunting around an occupied building to 150 feet and will assist in providing a means of accessing deer populations for culling purposes.

“This bill will go a long way toward helping to reverse destruction of our forests and help restore balance to currently compromised ecosystems throughout New Jersey. These ecosystems are life sustaining habitats for a myriad of dependent wildlife,” said Anthony P Mauro, Sr, chairman of New Jersey Outdoor Alliance.

Restrictions for bow hunting within 450 of a school playground remain in effect. The law also stipulates that an arrow may only be released when the hunter is in an elevated position, which ensures the arrow has limited travel and a downward trajectory.

Mauro continued, “The law not only facilitates the reduction of deer and car collisions but will also help to diminish a source known for carrying the deer tick, which responsible for most of the cases of Lyme disease.”

Bow hunting has a proven track record of being a safe and effective means of controlling game populations.

Tom Connors, Legislative Liaison, New Jersey Outdoors Alliance stated, “There are many diverse conservation organizations that supported this bill, including United Bow Hunters, NJ Audubon, Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Trout Unlimited, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, NJ Farm Bureau and more. The law is good public policy.”

In 2006 Pennsylvania successfully changed its bow hunting limit from 450 feet to 150 feet without compromising public safety.

“I’m thrilled to see that both the legislature and Governor are providing the necessary leadership to ensure public safety and environmental stewardship,” said Mauro. “This law is but one of many changes that we need in New Jersey to assist us in the caretaking of our natural resources.”

The Governor also signed into law a measure that will authorize counties to develop community based deer management plans and apply for special deer management permits for county-owned lands.

Anthony P. Mauro, Sr.
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doreyn mesler

people don't understand,a lady was driving down the road a deer ran in the road she tryed to miss the deer rolled the car over a hit a tree in return killing her little boy in the back seat! Now if one of us bow hunters would of killed that deer that litle boy would be here to grow up and yes may be a hunter.

Barta Nugent

This law is awful, it should really be 15' from homes.

I love cute fuzzy deer, I love them on my plate with some garlic mashed potatoes.

Mark from NJ

Dear Trolls; I am legally killing deer only 150' from your home starting Sept 11th and there is nothing you can do to stop me.

I love sticking it to the anti's!

Grace Lacy

Sweduke you troll, you just don't get it, you are the minority, the bulk of NJ residents are for conservation therefor they are for hunting a vital component of conservation.

Mike is correct in that in the matter of politics it is voters that count, not the sheeple.

"those that are blindsighted cannot see it" – You best take your own advice.


Hey Mike – thanks so much for being astute enough to realize superior intellects!

When one counts the percentage of hunters, it isn't only from voters – it's from the NJ population, hence one comes up with 1.4%….your mathematics and general logic are sorely lacking!

The truth is out there…..but those that are blindsighted cannot see it.

Mike - NJ Bird Watch

Greer & Sweduke are just liberal trolls who deny themselves the truth and like we see time and again resort to name calling to prove their "superior intellect". People in favor of this bill included outdoorsmen/women, not just hunters, this group numbers more than 650,000, which is approximately 15% of all voters, way bigger than NJEA and massively larger than all the animal rights wackos, from NY . NJ & PA combined. Add in gun owners, who support most conservation causes and you have an number of NJ voters too large to track. It great to see NJOA organizing this… Read more »


Hey, Greer – aren't you getting a bit too familiar with Lady Conservation, or did you confuse her with Lady Conversation? I'd watch out for Sir Conservation on this one….don't forget, he's probably armed to the teeth……
I must, however, agree with you on the low percentage of hunters in NJ. Lady Conservation must have flunked math in school…..
BTW – I love sour grapes….frosted with sugar and served on ice.

Greer Ashton

My dear Lady Conservation: To be exact, 1.4% of the NJ population hunt!

And don't tell me about lies and half-truths, 'cause that's obviously your forte!!!

Perhaps you oughat to try placing the blame on too many deer where it really belongs, but that's exactly where those lies and so-famous half-truths of yours come in, eh, sweetie?

Lady Conservation

Greer, you facts are screwed up, the 1% is the ultra small animal rights minority that opposed this bill based on lies and half truths.

The majority who is the sportsmen, conservationists and home owners, whose property is being destroyed by uncontrolled wildlife, have spoken and the politicians have reacted with overwhelming bipartisan support to pass this bill.

How do those sour grapes taste?


AMEN to that, Greer! I guess it all depends on who's in the Governor's mansion, having been desperate for votes, and whom he panders to…..

Greer Ashton

What a shame that the general public hasn't been considered in favor of just over 1% of those who hunt….Legislating a lesser setback which should have remained as it was, proves that the squeaky wheel gets greased, no matter how few do the squeaking!