New Jersey Hunting News

Hunters Ready for Start of Six-day Firearm Deer Season in New Jersey

Garden State hunters are finalizing plans and gearing up for the December 5 start of New Jersey's Six-day Firearm Season for deer. The Six-day or traditional "buck" season runs this year through December 10, and will provide great memories and countless hours of excitement for sportsmen and sportswomen throughout New Jersey.

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

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 Permit Award Pickup Period Extended in New Jersey

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is informing those awarded bear permits in the lottery who were unable to pick them up before the deadline that the Award Pickup Period has been extended until 11:59 pm on Wednesday, November 16. A computer error resulted in the pickup period closing earlier than the actual deadline.

Because of this issue, the Over the Counter Sales of leftover and unclaimed permits will now begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 21. The division apologizes for the inconvenience and any confusion.

Small Game Season Opens Saturday, November 12 in New Jersey

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that the 2011-12 small game firearm seasons for pheasant, chukar, bobwhite quail (see below), ruffed grouse (south of Route 70) and woodcock (south of Route 70) open at 8:00 AM on Saturday, November 12. Small game seasons for several other species have already opened.

Rockport, New Jersey Pheasant Farm Severely Damaged by October Snowstorm

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reports that the Rockport Pheasant Farm in Warren County sustained severe damage from the snow that blanketed the northern third of the state on October 29. The 35 acres of range pens where pheasants were being held were heavily damaged by the weight of the snow despite Game Farm staff efforts to prepare for the storm prior to October 29.

Wild Turkey in New Jersey

The Division's Turkey Restoration Project represents one of the greatest wildlife management success stories in the history of the state. By the mid-1800s, turkeys had disappeared in New Jersey due to habitat changes and killing for food. Division biologists, in cooperation with the NJ Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, reintroduced wild turkeys in 1977 with the release of 22 birds. In 1979 biologists and technicians began to live-trap and re-locate birds to establish populations throughout the state. By 1981 the population was able to support a spring hunting season, and in December, 1997, a limited fall season was initiated.

Residents in North Jersey 'Bear Country' Urged to Secure Trash

The DEP is advising residents and outdoor enthusiasts in North Jersey, especially in areas regularly frequented by black bears, to strictly adhere to guidelines for eliminating or securing potential black bear food sources during the fall period when bears feed extensively to build fat layers for hibernation.

New Jersey Black Bear Permit Lottery Information

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife black bear permit lottery application period will open on September 15 and remain open until 11:59 p.m on October 15.

New Jersey Fall Bow and Youth Bow Deer Hunt

It's hard to believe that summer is winding down and cooler temperatures will soon prevail. This may be a sad time for some, but for hunters it marks the beginning of another exciting season of great deer hunting in the Garden State!

New Jersey Antler Point Restriction Survey Results Available

Antler Point Restrictions (APR) are a tenet of quality deer management in which younger bucks with smaller antlers are restricted from harvest in the hope that older, larger-antlered bucks will be available for harvest in subsequent years. New Jersey's APR program restricts the harvest of bucks to those with at least three points on an antler; seven Deer Management Zones (DMZ) already have this regulation.