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October 20, 2000

For more information contact:
Deer Permit Hotline at 609-292-9192

According to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, although the mail-in lottery system for issuing special deer hunting permits was extremely successful this year, there are bow permits available for over-the-counter sales on Saturday, October 28.

"Nearly every applicant was successful in getting a bow permit for their first choice in the first lottery," said Division Director Bob McDowell.

Deer hunters who wish to obtain unclaimed bow permits may do so on Saturday, October 28 at the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Oxford (Warren County), the Northern Region Office in Hampton (Hunterdon County), the Central Region Office in Robbinsville (Monmouth County), the Southern Region Office in Sicklerville (Camden County) and the Nacote Creek Research Station in Port Republic (Atlantic County).

The Division of Fish and Wildlife will sell the remaining bow permits on a first come, first served basis. Bow permits are available for the following zones: 1 - 19, 21 - 31, 33 - 37, 39 - 43, 45 - 55, 57, 58, 61, 63, 65 and 66.

Please note that there are less than 40 bow permits available in zones 31, 37, 39, 52, 57, 58 and 66. Zones 53, 54 and 61 have less than 20 permits each. Zones 57 and 58 will be sold only at the Nacote Creek Research Station only on October 28. Zones 61 and 66 will be sold only at the Nacote Creek Office. Zone 54 will be sold only at the Pequest Office. Zones 37 and 52 will be sold only at the Central Region Office.

Permits will be sold between 9 a.m. and 12 noon on Saturday, October 28, at the following Division offices:

Pequest Trout Hatchery & Natural Resource Education Center
Seven miles west of Hackettstown on Rt. 46 in Oxford, Warren County.

Northern Region Office
Exit 13 off Rt. 78 west, on Rt. 173 in Hampton, Hunterdon County.

Central Region Office (Assunpink Wildlife Management Area)
Exit 11 off Rt. 195 (east or west), head north, make right at second stop sign and follow road to Assunpink WMA in Robbinsville, Monmouth County.

Southern Region Office (Winslow Wildlife Management Area)
One mile south of Rt. 73 on New Brooklyn-Blue Anchor Road, in Sicklerville, Camden County.

Nacote Creek Research Station
Two miles north of Smithville on Route 9, in Port Republic, Atlantic County.

All of the above offices will sell permits Monday through Friday beginning Monday, October 30 between 9 a.m. and 12 noon and between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. In addition, unclaimed permits will also be sold on weekdays only between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Division's Trenton Office located at 501 East State Street in Trenton. The Trenton Office is not open on Saturday, October 28.

Individuals with valid 2000 archery licenses may purchase unclaimed bow permits for $28 each; youth permits are $12 for those under 16 prior to September 10, 2000. Veterans with a service-connected disability are entitled to one free permit upon presentation of appropriate documentation. Cash or checks are acceptable. It is not necessary for a hunter to appear in person, however, the individual buying the permit must have the hunter's license and the necessary fee. Photocopies will NOT be accepted.

For more information, please call the 24-hour computerized Permit Hotline at (609) 292-9192.