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    A few of us were looking for this act which limits liability to landowners

    State of New Jersey Landowner Liability Act
    2A:42A-2. Definitions
    1. As used in this act "sport and recreational activities" means and includes: hunting,
    fishing, trapping, horseback riding, training of dogs, hiking, camping, picnicking, swimming,
    skating, skiing, sledding, tobogganing, operating or riding snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles or
    dirt bikes, and any other outdoor sport, game and recreational activity including practice and
    instruction in any thereof. For purposes of P.L.1968, c.73 (C.2A:42A-2 et seq.) "all-terrain
    vehicle" means a motor vehicle, designed to travel over any terrain, of a type possessing between
    three and six rubber tires and powered by a gasoline engine not exceeding 600 cubic centimeters,
    but shall not include golf carts; "snowmobile" means any motor vehicle, designed primarily to
    travel over ice or snow, of a type which uses sled type runners, skis, an endless belt tread,
    cleats or any combination of these or other similar means of contact with the surface upon which
    it is operated, but does not include any farm tractor, highway or other construction equipment, or
    any military vehicle; "dirt bike" means a motor powered vehicle possessing two or more tires,
    designed to travel over any terrain and capable of travelling off of paved roads, whether or not
    such vehicle is subject to registration with the Division of Motor Vehicles.
    L.1968,c.73,s.1; amended 1991,c.496,s.1.
    2A:42A-3. No duty to keep premises safe
    2. Except as provided in section 3 of this act:
    a. An owner, lessee or occupant of premises, whether or not posted as provided in section
    23:7-7 of the Revised Statutes, and whether or not improved or maintained in a natural condition,
    or used as part of a commercial enterprise, owes no duty to keep the premises safe for entry or
    use by others for sport and recreational activities, or to give warning of any hazardous condition
    of the land or in connection with the use of any structure or by reason of any activity on such
    premises to persons entering for such purposes;
    b. An owner, lessee or occupant of premises who gives permission to another to enter upon
    such premises for a sport or recreational activity or purpose does not thereby (1) extend any
    assurance that the premises are safe for such purpose, or (2) constitute the person to whom
    permission is granted an invitee to whom a duty of care is owed, or (3) assume responsibility for
    or incur liability for any injury to person or property caused by any act of persons to whom the
    permission is granted.
    L.1968,c.73,s.2; amended 1991,c.496,s.2.
    2A:42A-4. Liability towards persons injured on premises
    This act shall not limit the liability which would otherwise exist:
    a. For willful or malicious failure to guard, or to warn against, a dangerous condition, use,
    structure or activity; or
    b. For injury suffered in any case where permission to engage in sport or recreational
    activity on the premises was granted for a consideration other than the consideration, if any,
    paid to said landowner by the State; or
    c. For injury caused, by acts of persons to whom permission to engage in sport or
    recreational activity was granted, to other persons as to whom the person granting permission, or
    the owner, lessee or occupant of the premises, owes a duty to keep the premises safe or to warn of
    danger.
    L.1968, c. 73, s. 3, eff. July 1, 1968.
    2A:42A-5. Damages for death or injury to person or property
    Nothing in this act shall create a duty of care or ground of liability for damages for the
    death or injury to person or property.
    L.1968, c. 73, s. 5, eff. July 1, 1968.
    2A:42A-5.1. Liberal construction
    3. The provisions of P.L.1968, c.73 (C.2A:42A-2 et seq.) shall be liberally construed to
    serve as an inducement to the owners, lessees and occupants of property, that might otherwise be
    reluctant to do so for fear of liability, to permit persons to come onto their property for sport
    and recreational activities.
    L.1991,c.496,s.3.
    2A:42A-6. Limitation of liability
    1. An owner, lessee or occupant of agricultural or horticultural lands as defined in
    P.L.1983, c.522 (C.2C:18-4 et seq.) who grants permission to operate a motorized vehicle,
    snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle or dirt bike or to ride horseback thereon pursuant to subsection
    a. of section 2 of that act does not thereby: a. extend any assurance that the premises, including
    any natural or man-made conditions, are safe for the purposes set forth in that subsection; b.
    constitute the person to whom permission is granted an invitee or licensee to whom a duty of care
    is owed; or c. assume responsibility for, or incur liability for, an injury to person or property
    caused by the act of a person to whom the permission is granted.
    L.1985,c.431,s.1; amended 1991,c.496,s.4.
    2A:42A-6.1. Definitions
    5. For purposes of P.L.1985, c.431 (C.2A:42A-6 et seq.) "all-terrain vehicle" means a motor
    vehicle, designed to travel over any terrain, of a type possessing between three and six rubber
    tires and powered by a gasoline engine not exceeding 600 cubic centimeters, but shall not include
    golf carts; "snowmobile" means any motor vehicle, designed primarily to travel over ice or snow,
    of a type which uses sled type runners, skis, an endless belt tread, cleats or any combination of
    these or other similar means of contact with the surface upon which it is operated, but does not
    include any farm tractor, highway or other construction equipment, or any military vehicle; "dirt
    bike" means a motor powered vehicle possessing two or more tires, designed to travel over any
    terrain and capable of travelling off of paved roads, whether or not such vehicle is subject to
    registration with the Division of Motor Vehicles.
    L.1991,c.496,s.5.
    2A:42A-6.2. Liberal construction
    6. The provisions of P.L.1985, c.431 (C.2A:42A-6 et seq.) shall be liberally construed to
    serve as an inducement to the owners, lessees and occupants of property, that might otherwise be
    reluctant to do so for fear of liability, to permit persons to come onto their property for
    operating a motorized vehicle, snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle or dirt bike or to ride horseback.
    L.1991,c.496,s.6.
    2A:42A-7. Liability for dangerous condition
    This act shall not limit the liability which would otherwise exist for willful or malicious
    failure to guard, or to warn against, a dangerous condition, use, structure or activity.
    L. 1985, c. 431, s. 2, eff. Jan. 13, 1986.
    2A:42A-8. Limitation of liability of owners, lessees, occupants
    An owner, lessee or occupant of premises upon which public access has been required as a
    condition of a regulatory approval of, or by agreement with, the Department of Environmental
    Protection, regardless of whether public notice is provided, shall be liable only for:
    a. willful or malicious failure to guard, or to warn against, a dangerous condition, use,
    structure or activity; or
    b. injury caused by acts of negligence on the part of the owner, lessee or occupant of the
    premises to any person where permission to engage in sport or recreational activity on the
    premises was granted for a consideration other than the consideration, if any, paid to the
    landowner by the State; or
    c. injury caused by acts of gross negligence on the part of the owner, lessee, or occupant
    of the premises to any person entering or using the land for a use or purpose unrelated to public
    access purposes.
    L.1989,c.172,s.1.
    2A:42A-8.1 Liability of owners of certain premises which allow public access.
    1. a. An owner, lessee or occupant of premises on which a conservation restriction is held by the
    State, a local unit, or a charitable conservancy and upon which premises subject to the
    conservation restriction public access is allowed, or of premises upon which public access is
    allowed pursuant to a public pathway or trail easement held by the State, a local unit, or a
    charitable conservancy, and regardless of whether public notice is provided, shall be liable to a
    person injured on the premises only for:
    (1) willful or malicious failure to guard, or to warn against, a dangerous condition, use,
    structure or activity; or
    (2) injury caused by acts of negligence on the part of the owner, lessee or occupant of the
    premises to any person where permission to engage in sport or recreational activity on the
    premises was granted for a consideration other than the consideration, if any, paid to the
    landowner by the State, local unit, or charitable conservancy; or
    (3) injury caused by acts of gross negligence on the part of the owner, lessee, or occupant of
    the premises to any person entering or using the land for a use or purpose unrelated to public
    access purposes.
    b. For the purposes of this section:
    "Charitable conservancy" means the same as that term is defined pursuant to section 2 of
    P.L.1979, c.378 (C.13:8B-2), or a "qualifying tax exempt nonprofit organization" as defined
    pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1999, c.152 (C.13:8C-3);
    "Conservation restriction" means the same as that term is defined pursuant to section 2 of
    P.L.1979, c.378 (C.13:8B-2);
    "Local unit" means the same as that term is defined pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1979, c.378
    (C.13:8B-2), or a "local government unit" as defined pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1999, c.152
    (C.13:8C-3);
    "Premises" means any land in the State (1) regardless of location or characterization or
    classification of location including but not limited to land characterized or classified as being
    located in an urban, suburban, rural, semi-rural, populous, developed, undeveloped, unpopulous,
    residential, nonresidential, commercial, or industrial area, and (2) regardless of whether or not
    the land is improved or maintained in a natural condition, or used as part of a commercial
    enterprise; and
    "Sport or recreational activity" means a "sport and recreational activity" as defined pursuant to
    section 1 of P.L.1968, c.73 (C.2A:42A-2)(the first paragraph of this document).
    L.2001,c.265,s.1.
    2A:42A-9. "Agricultural or horticultural land" defined
    1. As used in this act, "agricultural or horticultural land" means orchards, nurseries or other
    land devoted to the production for sale of plants, crops, trees, forest products or other related
    commodities.
    L.1997,c.378,s.1.
    2A:42A-10. Farmers immunity for invitees-pickers
    2. Notwithstanding the provisions of any law to the contrary, an owner, lessee or occupant of
    agricultural or horticultural land shall not have a legal duty to protect a person who is invited
    onto the land for the purposes of picking or taking agricultural or horticultural products from
    the natural risks or hazards that are inherent characteristics of agricultural or horticultural
    land, and shall not be liable if such a person invited onto the land is injured because of any
    natural risks or hazards that are inherent characteristics of agricultural or horticultural land.
    L.1997,c.377,s.2.
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    I think I have to goto collage to read that

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    thanks for the info

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    just got premission to hunt on some land in white house station on some private property

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