C. 23:4-24.4

P.L. 1997, CHAPTER 424, approved January 19, 1998

Assembly Committee Substitute (First Reprint) for

Assembly, No. 1933






An Act concerning hunting with bait, and supplementing Title 23 of the Revised Statutes.


      Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:


      1. a. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 1 and section 2 of P.L.1970, c.180 (C.23:4-24.2 and C.23:4-24.3) 1[or any other law or regulation to the contrary]1, a person may: (1) use bait to attract, entice, or lure a deer; and (2) kill, destroy, injure, shoot, shoot at, take, wound, or attempt to take, kill, or wound, a deer, or have in possession or control any firearm or other weapon of any kind for such purposes, within any distance of a baited area. A person may be elevated in a standing tree or in a structure of any kind when using a baited area for hunting deer, and the baited area may be within any distance of the standing tree or structure.

      The provisions of this subsection shall not apply in counties of the first class except in such game management zones therein as may be designated therefor by the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife and approved by the Fish and Game Council. 1The provisions of this subsection shall expire within eighteen months from the effective date of this act.1

      b. For the purposes of this section, "baited area" means the presence of placed, exposed, deposited, distributed, or scattered agricultural products, salt, or other edible lure whatsoever capable of attracting, enticing, or luring deer.

      1[2. The Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife shall report to the Fish and Game Council, the Department of Agriculture and the Legislature no later than three years after the effective date of this act on the effects of the provisions of section 1 of this act on controlling the excess deer population.]1


      1[3.] 2.1 This act shall take effect immediately.





Expands conditions allowed for use of bait when hunting deer.