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Hunting Clubs in Ocean County

Ocean County has been the site of many hunting clubs from Sportsmen’s Hotels on the Barrier Islands to duck hunting shacks on the meadows of Barnegat Bay and various Deer Hunting Clubs in the Pinelands. The following list is a work in progress and we would appreciate input on names, dates, locations and notable guides associated with each club including clubs that we have left out at this point.

The basic research on the Barnegat Bay Duck Hunting Clubs is collected in Barnegat Bay Decoys and Hunting Clubs by Patricia H. Burke, 1993, Surf Printing, Manahawkin, New Jersey. Additional research has been conducted by Kathy Conrad in association with the Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum in Tuckerton, New Jersey. The staffs of the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission have also contributed to this list.

Club NameTypeYearsLocation
Bonnet Gunning ClubDuck Hunting Club1921Cedar Bonnet Island, Manahawkin, NJ
Hester Sedge Gun Club1926Hither Island, Ocean County, NJ
Italian American Sportsman Club now known as The American Sportsmen Club of New JerseyDeer Hunting1935200 Route 539, Whiting, NJ
Turtle Cove Gunning ClubDuck Hunting1942Turtle Cove, Manahawkin, NJ

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