Just wondering if a fox came into my stand would it be legal to harvest it with the bow? Also would that make is so I couldn't take a deer in te same day?
I do read the laws. Sorry I wasn't sure about one law in particul and decided to ask a question. And I did look through the regulations. I saw stuff about firearms but nothing about bow hunting. Next time I'll just shoot something and make sure I check the laws after...I'm not bashing, but in the amount of time it took to ask this question here, you could have read the laws from the compendium/digest for yourself. All hunters/anglers/trappers are required to follow the laws, so please read them so you don't wind up afoul of them and make other ethical hunters look bad. That said, here's the info:
NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife - 2014-15 NJ Hunting and Trapping Digest
Thanks!! That's all the info I was looking for!!Yes you can shoot a fox while bowhunting for deer, as long as you have a valid deer tag for that zone. It will not affect you as far as deer tags go, you can shoot the fox ,stay in your tree and shoot a deer if one comes by. This is for general DF&W regulations. There may be special rules to the property you are hunting. I hunt the Hunterdon County Parks, their rules state deer hunting only, so I can not shoot at fox, groundhogs , squirrels ect. I would not anyway as I would be afraid to spook the deer .
Yup. See page 62:
In addition to the general coyote and fox seasons described in the chart below, properly licensed turkey hunters may legally harvest coyotes if encountered incidental to legal turkey hunting. Turkey hunters shall not actively pursue coyotes or have coyote calls or decoys in possession. Also, properly licensed persons hunting deer during the Six-day Firearm, Permit Muzzleloader or Permit Shotgun deer seasons may kill coyote or fox if the coyote or fox is encountered before the hunter has taken the season bag limit of deer. However, after the hunter
has taken a daily bag limit of deer, they must cease hunting immediately. Incidental hunting of coyote or fox while deer hunting may resume the following day (provided the season remains open and the season bag limit of deer has not been reached.) Only applicable projectiles approved for deer hunting may be used to take coyote and fox incidental to deer hunting during the deer seasons described above. See Firearms, Bow and Ammunition chart, page 31.
That information was incomplete. You can only do that for certain seasons - e.g. you can't do this during the current Fall Bow season. See page 62 - what I quoted above - for the specifics. When in doubt, refer to the digest.Thanks!! That's all the info I was looking for!!
obviously you read nothing. go to jail.I do read the laws. Sorry I wasn't sure about one law in particul and decided to ask a question. And I did look through the regulations. I saw stuff about firearms but nothing about bow hunting. Next time I'll just shoot something and make sure I check the laws after...
Right. It says that in the Small Game Hunting Seasons chart on page 65 under the "coyote and fox, general" row. However, that's if you are for specifically hunting for fox, no?. The OP was asking "what if I'm deer hunting? Can I incidentally take a fox?" On that p. 65 chart, in the same row, reading the notes I see, "deer hunters may harvest coyote and fox during all open deer seasons with restrictions as specified under Small Game Hunting, Coyote and Fox, page 62."Look under the "small game seasons" chart. You may kill a fox or coyote with a bow from Sept.13- Nov.7 for regulation sets 4-8.
You should really email DFW and ask for clarification. Those two parts of the digest are in conflict. One specifically says "only during six-day, permit ML, permit shotgun" and one says "all open deer seasons." Its easy to send them a question - go here and fill in the form: NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife - E-mail the NJ Div. of Fish & WildlifeThat's exactly what I saw and was confused about....lol