Black Bear Applications Due September 30th

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An amendment to the 2003 Game Code has been adopted by the Fish and Game Council that will provide a six-day, black bear, special permit hunting season for the area of New Jersey north of Interstate Route 78 and west of Interstate Route 287 for December 8-13, 2003.

There is a bag limit of one bear of either sex and any age. Hunting hours will be ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset. Black bears may not be taken from dens or within 300 feet of a baited area. Black bears may be taken by stand hunting, still-hunting, or drive hunting with shotgun with rifled slugs or muzzleloader rifle. All black bears taken must be tagged and taken to a mandatory checking station for registration and issuance of a legal possession tag.

Permit Information

A total of 10,000 special black bear hunting permits will be available to properly licensed firearm hunters. A random lottery will be held if the number of applicants exceeds the special permit quota. Permit applications from interested hunters must be received no later than September 30, 2003.

The application forms provided by the Division are available at license agents and the Division's Trenton office as well as the following field offices: Northern Region (Clinton WMA), Central Region (Assunpink WMA), Southern Region (Winslow WMA), Pequest Trout Hatchery and Nacote Creek. See the Contact Us for office contact information.

Hunters must provide their 2003 Hunting License Number on the application and present their license at the seminar.

All successful permit applicants will be required to complete a black bear hunting seminar - there will be no exemptions or exceptions. Seminars will be conducted statewide on selected Saturdays, Sundays and weekday evenings from October 18 through November 16. Successful applicants will be notified (in early October) and assigned to a mandatory training seminar at a location and time selected from preferences chosen on their application. Permits will be mailed to hunters after they complete the training seminar.

No walk-ins will be permitted at the seminars - permit applications must be received by September 30.