New Jersey Hunting News

Leftover Fall Turkey Permit Sales
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife will offer leftover fall turkey permits at selected Division offices throughout the state beginning Monday, September 27, 2004. 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.
Spring Turkey Hunting Season Results
According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife, spring wild turkey hunters harvested an estimated 2,944 gobblers during the six-week season that ended on May 28. This was the fourth largest harvest since the spring turkey season was established in 1981, but is below the recent average.
Deer Herd Tests Negative for CWD
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced that DEP found no evidence of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in white-tailed deer tested for CWD during the 2003 - 2004 hunting season.
2003 Black Bear Hunting Season Results
Sussex County led the harvest with a total of 233 bears, followed by 48 bears in Warren County, 26 bears in Passaic County, 20 in Morris County, and one bear in Bergen County.
Game Code Meeting Re-Scheduled for March 9
The Fish and Game Council's Annual Game Code meeting originally scheduled for February 24, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 9 at the DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife Central Region Office in Robbinsville, Monmouth County.
Spring Turkey Season Prospects
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that the 2004 Spring Gobbler Season is scheduled to begin, Monday, April 19 and will continue for six weeks (note that a special youth day is scheduled for Saturday, April 17). Again this year, New Jersey will host one of the longest spring gobbler seasons in the Northeast.
Hunters Invited to Garden State Deer Classic
Fifty-one of New Jersey’s most outstanding white-tailed deer from the 2002-03 hunting season will be on display at the Garden State Deer Classic to be held during the Garden State Outdoor Sportsmen’s Show, January 8-11 in Raritan Center, Edison. The Deer Classic is jointly sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and the United Bowhunters of New Jersey.
Hunter Summoned for Illegally Claimed Road Kill
Concluding an investigation, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that Steven Meyer of Highland Lakes was issued a summons by the Division of Fish and Wildlife for illegally claiming a bear that was killed by a motor vehicle Tuesday, December 9, 2003 on Route 23, West Milford Township.
Initial Buck Season Harvest Up 4.5%
An estimated 5,092 antlered bucks were harvested by approximately 60,000 New Jersey sportsmen and women on Monday, December 8, 2003 – the first day of the traditional, Six-day Firearm “Buck” season. This year’s estimate represents a 4.5 percent increase over the 2002 opening day harvest of 4,865 bucks.
Court Rules on Bear Hunt
The Superior Court of New Jersey ruled that hunting will be permitted on state land, but in a second ruling has barred young hunters from participating in the hunt.