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October 12, 2001


For more information contact:
Larry Herrighty at 609-292-6685

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife informs hunters of recent changes to hunting procedures on military bases throughout the state as a result of heightened security status. The following information is current as of October 5, 2001, but could change. Any such changes will be posted on the Division's website at

Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center - Zone 66

All deer hunting at the facility has been cancelled until further notice.

Fort Dix Military Reservation Zone 37:

A large area of Zone 37 previously open will be closed to all hunting, fishing and all other wildlife-associated recreational activities. A total of 1,747 acres will remain open. Permit quotas have been adjusted in order to maintain a quality hunting experience (hunter densities of 1 hunter per 15 acres during bow seasons and 1 hunter per 20 acres during firearm seasons). Permits for zone 37 will not be issued via the lottery, but will be sold over-the counter at the Fort Dix Range 14 where hunters normally register upon hunting. Permit sale hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Call (609) 562-6667 or (609) 562-4676 for additional information.

Permit bow quota reduced from 190 to 116.
Permit muzzleloader quota reduced from 390 to 100.
Permit shotgun quota increased from 47 to 100. This involves transferring muzzleloader permits to shotgun permits in order to meet management objectives.

The pheasant stocking allocation of 770 pheasants has been reduced to 450 birds. The remaining 320 birds from the original allocation will be reallocated to nearby wildlife management areas normally stocked with pheasants.

Zone 52:

No changes to the deer hunting program.

Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station

Deer hunting has been closed to the general public. On-post personnel (people who have security clearance and work and/or live on base) are still permitted to hunt.

Earle Naval Weapons Station

No changes. The base is only open to people who have security clearance and work and/or live on base. Earle will be selling deer permits over-the-counter and will ensure that purchasers are properly authorized at the point of sale.

Picatinny Arsenal
There will be bow hunting on the base this season as usual. Firearm hunting has been eliminated.