Special Area Deer Season Permits Available
Due to a limited number of permits available, only 10 zones participated in a lottery system this year. Those zones included 37, 38, 56, 57, 58, 59, 61, 64, 66 and 67. Although the mail-in lottery system for issuing special deer hunting permits was successful, there are a limited number of left-over permits in zones 37, 56, 57, 58, 59 and 67 available for over-the-counter sales. 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.
Hunters are reminded that they are limited to purchasing one permit per season per zone. This means that a qualified hunter may possess one bow, one muzzleloader and one shotgun permit for a specific zone. Hunters may not have two of the same season permits for the same zone.
Anyone interested in purchasing a permit must bring their 2005 hunting license and cash or check for $28.00. Youth hunters must bring their youth license or hunter education certificate and cash or check for $12 per permit. Permits are available on a first come, first serve basis. Hunters need not be present to purchase a permit, however the individual purchasing the permit(s) must have the hunter's valid 2005 hunting license. Photocopies of licenses are not accepted.
Because the zones involved are all "special areas", and as such most have mandatory orientation sessions or registration periods, the sale dates and locations vary. Please check the a href="http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/dighnt05.htm" target="new">2005 Hunting Issue of the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Digest (p. 47-50) or the individual special areas for further information.
Fort Dix (Zones 37): Zone 37: Bow, Shotgun and Muzzleloader Permits are available. All permits for Fort Dix will be available at the Division's Central Region office, Located in the Assunpink WMA beginning on Monday, October 17, 2005. Permit Sales will be Monday through Fridays only from 9 am to 12 noon and again from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Persons hunting on base must also pay an annual fee and must sign in and out at Range 14 on a daily basis when hunting. Military training will take precedence over hunting. Please call Fort Dix at 609-562-4676 for further information and fee schedules.
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (Zones 56, 57 and 58): Zone 56: Less than 10 Shotgun Permits remain. Zone 57: Bow, Muzzleloader and Shotgun permits are still available. There are less than 10 permits remaining for the permit shotgun season and less than 25 permits available for the Muzzleloader season and the Bow Season. Zone 58: Less than 10 Bow permits remain. Permits for Forsythe NWR will be available only at the Brigantine Office of Forsythe NWR. Sales will begin on Friday October 14 and end on Friday October 21. For more information please refer to the 2005 Hunting Issue of the NJ Fish and Wildlife Digest or call Forsythe NWR at 609-652-1665.
Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (Zone 59): Bow, Shotgun and Muzzleloader permits are still available. There are less than 5 Bow Permits and less than 10 Muzzleloader Permits. Permits will be available for sale on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Refuge office, 197 Lighthouse Road, Pennsville. For directions and additional information hunters may call the refuge at 856-935-1487.
High Point State Park (Zone 67): Muzzleloader Permits are still available. Permits will be available for sale weekdays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. beginning Monday, October 17, 2005. Permits will be available only at two locations; the Division’s Northern Region Office and Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center.
There are NO permits available for:
The Great Swamp NWR (38), Atlantic County Park System (61), Monmouth Battlefield State Park (64) or Federal Aviation Administration Technical Center (66).
Directions to the Division Offices which are selling permits are as follows:
Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center (for High Point permits only) Nine miles west of Hackettstown on Rt. 46 in Oxford, Warren County.
Northern Region Office (for High Point permits only) Exit 13 off Rt. 78W, on Highway 173 West in Hampton, Hunterdon County.
Central Region Office (Assunpink WMA) (for Fort Dix permits only) Take exit 11 off Rt. 195, head north, at second intersection turn right. The office is at the corner of East Branch and Eldridge Rds. Located in Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County.
For more information, please call the 24-hour computerized Permit Hotline at 609-292-9192.