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New Jersey's Black Bear Hunting Season


Harvest Information

General Information

The New Jersey black bear hunting season is held concurrently with the Six-day Firearm Deer Season (in 2014 the dates are December 8 through December 13). Participants are required to have a Black Bear Hunting Area Permit for the area(s) they hunt in and a current Firearm or All-around Hunting License.

There are four bear hunting areas open to hunting in New Jersey; hunters are restricted to hunt only in the area(s) for which they possess a permit. Hunters may possess permits for two separate areas but are limited to one black bear for the season. Permits are awarded via a lottery; the lottery application period is September 15 to October 15 each year. Leftover and unclaimed permits are then sold at licence agents and online.

Detailed information about the 2014 season can be found on pages 60-61 in the 2014-15 Hunting and Trapping Digest. The Hunting and Trapping Digest is available in August each year.

Bear Season Frequently Asked Questions

Black Bear Hunting Areas Map and Descriptions

After Harvesting a Bear ó Mandatory Bear Check Requirement

Properly licensed hunters who harvest a black bear shall immediately complete and affix to the bear the "Black Bear Transportation Tag" from their Black Bear Hunting Permit. Information included on the black bear transportation tag shall include: the hunterís name, address, Conservation ID Number (CID#); date and time of kill; nearest road, county and municipality of kill; and the sex of the black bear.

Successful hunters must take the black bear to a designated check station by 7 p.m. on the day of the kill. Hunters shall surrender the black bear transportation tag and will be issued a legal possession seal.

Any legally killed black bear recovered too late to be brought to a designated black bear check station by 7 p.m. on the date of the kill must be reported immediately by telephone to the Northern Region Office of the Bureau of Law Enforcement (908-735-8240). Hunters must provide their name, address and a telephone number where they can be reached on the telephone message recording device (if a Division representative is not available). Said black bear must be brought to a designated black bear check station the next day to be registered and to receive a legal possession seal. Hunters reporting bears to the law enforcement office after check stations close on Saturday will be contacted by a biologist on Sunday to legally check the bear and collect biological data on Sunday.

2013 HARVEST INFORMATION

Data is preliminary and subject to revision.

Bear Hunting Area Bears Harvested in 2013
12/9 12/10 12/11 12/12 12/13 12/14 Total
Area 1 41 17 13 16 12 8 107
Area 2 21 10 8 8 11 4 62
Area 3 28 12 8 8 9 3 68
Area 4 3 0 4 5 1 1 14
Total 93 39 33 37 33 16 251

 
County Bears Harvested in 2013
12/9 12/10 12/11 12/12 12/13 12/14 Total
Sussex 58 21 21 23 22 10 155
Warren 18 6 6 6 3 3 42
Morris 11 6 2 5 3 1 28
Passaic 6 6 4 2 5 2 25
Hunterdon 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Total 93 39 33 37 33 16 251

2012 Bear Season Harvest Results
2012 Bear Season Harvest Data (Bear's sex, age and weight)

2011 Bear Season Harvest Results
2011 Bear Season Harvest Data (Bear's sex, age and weight)

2010 Bear Season Harvest Results
2010 Bear Season Harvest Data (Bear's sex, age and weight)

2005 Black Bear Hunting Season Results
2003 Black Bear Hunting Season Results

RELATED PAGES

Frequently Asked Questions
Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy
Bear Recipe Guide (pdf, 83kb)
NJ Hunting License Information
Non-Resident Hunting Information
Hunting DIGEST
Hunting in New Jersey

Bear Facts - Black Bears in New Jersey

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Last Updated: October 29, 2014