Black Bear Permits On Sale Monday, November 21 in New Jersey

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The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is reminding hunters that over-the-counter sale of leftover and unclaimed black bear hunting permits will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 21. Hunters can possess two permits each for a different zone - but the bag limit is still one bear.

A total of 10,000 black bear hunting permits, allocated by black bear hunting areas, were initially available to properly licensed hunters and farmer hunters. The numbers of permits which will be available when the OTC sale begins are as follows:


Bear Hunting Area 1:    328
Bear Hunting Area 2: 1,729
Bear Hunting Area 3: 1,817
Bear Hunting Area 4: 1,286

The permit availability chart will be updated continually in real time after Monday's sale opening. The chart can be viewed at

A current, valid NJ Firearm or All-around Hunting License is required to purchase a permit. Sales will continue until the season ends or the permit quota is reached. There is a non-refundable processing fee of $2.00 per permit.

Permits can be purchased online at or at license agents. If a hunter wishes to purchase two permits they must be purchased in two separate transactions - we apologize for this inconvenience. Those purchasing permits online need to allow sufficient time for the mailed permits to arrive (up to 7-10 business days) or pay for expedited shipping.

NOTE: It is the customer's responsibility to ensure that their purchase is for the correct area(s). All permit sales are final, with no exceptions.

More information on the black bear hunting season, including the Black Bear Hunting Areas Map and Descriptions, is available on the division's website at Hunters should also refer to pages 13, 29, 60 and elsewhere in the 2011 Hunting and Trapping Digest for additional information and regulations.


hunter25's picture

Well it looks like they have

Well it looks like they have a much bigger black bear populaltion than I would have thought they did. Having 10,000 permits in such a small state and being allowed to have 2 of them is pretty impressive. What surprised me the most though is that nearly half of them are still available for purchase. Maybe the success isn't that great so many guys just don't care to get the tag but it would sure be nice to have it if you got lucky and saw one. I would cry if I had to watch one walk away because I didn't think I needed to get that license.