From the N.J. Fish & Wildlife Digest, A Summary of Rules and Management Information
Vol. 20 No.1                                                                                                    August 2011

This information is NOT yet complete/corrected for 2010

WOODCHUCK  ~ All persons in possesion of a rifle (including a muzzleloading rifle) while hunting must have a current and valid rifle permit in addition to the current hunting license. Rifle hunting (of any kind) for woodchuck is prohibited on state WMAs, parks and forests or state recreation areas. Farmers and their agents may use shot not larger than #$ buckshot to control woodchucks causing damage. Houres of hunting are sunrise to one half hour after sunset.

Sporting Arms and Ammunition for Hunting Woodchuck
Weapon Type Gauge, Caliber or Weight Projectile(s)
Bow long, recurve or compound 35 pounds pull at archers draw length (long and recurve bows) or peak weight (compound bow) Arrows must be fitted with a well sharpened metal broadhead with a minimum width of 3/4"
Centerfire Rifle .25 caliber or less Hollow point, soft point or expanding lead core bullets of any weight.
Larger than .25 caliber Hollow point, soft point or expanding lead core bullets of any weight not exceeding 100 grains in weight.
Rim-Fire rifle .25 caliber or less Hollow point or soft point
Muzzleloading Rifle - single-shot, single barrel. Flintlock, percussion and in-line ignitions permitted. No Restriction Single projectile, either round ball or conical bullet.
Shotgun - single or double barrel, rifled bore or smoothbore Not larger than 10 gauge, capable of holding no more than 3 shells Shot - sizes not larger than #4 fine shot.

Woodchuck Hunting Season Dates/Bag Limits
Woodchuck -
Bow, Rifle or Shotgun
March 1 - Sept. 27, 2006
Mar. 1 to Sept. 26, 2007
sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset None Rifle permit required if hunting with rifle. Woodchuck rifle hunting prohibited on state properties.
Woodchuck -
Bow or Shotgun
Sept. 30 to Dec. 2** and Dec. 11, 12 and 14-30, 2006 to Feb. 19, 2007
(Closed** Nov. 10, 2006 on designated WMAs**)
sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset None 8:00 am start on Nov. 11, 2006
Woodchuck - Falconry See Falconry Page
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