100 Best Public-Land Hunts: New Jersey

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, Six Mile Run Reservoir Site
Location
: central New Jersey
Size: 2,000 acres
ZIP: 07416

Six Mile Run is an "underutilized hotspot" in one of New Jersey's better counties for trophy deer, according to Tony Petrongolo, land management chief for the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. Archery-only hunting keeps the harvest "atypically small" for New Jersey public land, and food plots and surrounding farm fields in the fertile region are helping grow big deer. "It's a good productive area where deer are eating well," he adds, "so you should see some very nice deer." Habitat includes wetlands, crop fields, forests and old pastures reverting to forest.