New Jersey Hunting News

Spring Gobbler Season Preliminary Harvest Data
The 2005 spring wild turkey hunting season ran from Saturday, April 16 (Youth Turkey Hunting Day) through Friday, May 27 with a total harvest of 3,112 male wild turkeys. While this harvest is not a record (the highest harvest was 3,779 turkeys taken in 2002), it is the third-highest harvest in New Jersey since the first season in 1981.
Commissioner Issues Statement Regarding Black Bear Management
In accordance with the New Jersey Supreme Court's decision of December 2, 2004, the Fish and Game Council has submitted a proposed comprehensive black bear management plan for my review and consideration. The plan, which includes a number of management measures including a hunt, is currently under review and will be subject to a public hearing before any final decision is made.
No Presence of Chronic Wasting Disease
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced that the recent discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer from captive herds in New York does not pose an immediate threat to the deer herd in New Jersey. To date, there is no evidence that any deer originated from or were transported to New Jersey.
Spring Turkey Season Prospects
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that the 2005 Spring Gobbler Season is scheduled to begin, Monday, April 18 and will continue for six weeks. Additionally, the Special Youth Turkey Hunting Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 16.
Leftover Spring Turkey Hunting Permit Sales
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife will offer leftover wild turkey hunting permits at selected Division offices throughout the state beginning Saturday, April 2, 2005. This special over-the-counter sale will enable hunters who did not apply for a permit, were not selected in the lottery, or who wish to obtain an extra permit an opportunity to do so.
Coyote and Fox Permits
Coyote and Fox permits will be available January 18 - February 17. Sale of permits will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays ONLY! Permits will be available at the following DFW offices: Pequest, Northern Region, Central Region, Southern Region, Nacote Creek and Trenton. Hours are 9 a.m to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Court Cancels 2004 Black Bear Season
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife alerts bear hunters that the hunt scheduled for North Jersey on December 6-11, 2004 has been cancelled. In a decision late yesterday afternoon, the State Supreme Court ruled to cancel the hunt.
Permit Bow Deer Season Opens Oct. 30
The 2004 New Jersey Permit Bow Season for deer will open statewide on Saturday, Oct. 30. Bag limits and season lengths vary by zone, so hunters should always review current regulations in the Hunting Issue of the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Digest before going afield.
Deer Season Forecast
Sportsmen and women who hunt in New Jersey can anticipate an outstanding 2004-2005 deer season. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife continues to modify and improve its white-tailed deer management program.
Fish and Game Council Approves Changes to Game Code
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced the Council’s approved changes to the 2004-05 Game Code this week. The Fish and Game Council is responsible for adopting annual revisions to the Game Code including season dates, bag limits, permit quotas, hunting procedures and other hunting and trapping regulation changes.