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New Reporting System for All 2012-2013 Deer Seasons

August 9, 2012

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is informing deer hunters that the Automated Harvest Report System (AHRS), first used during the 2012 Winter Bow Deer Season, is now in effect for reporting deer during ALL deer hunting seasons. The system replaces the deer check system, used since the 1970s, which required hunters to bring their deer to an official check station to legally possess the deer they harvested.

Under the new system, hunters must still report every deer harvested either by calling the toll-free number 855-I-HUNT-NJ (855-448-6865), or via the division's license sales/harvest reporting website ( The phone number and website are printed on every hunting license and deer permit. Upon completing the reporting process a "Confirmation Number" is assigned for each deer being reported. That number is used to label deer brought to a butcher or taxidermist.

The information a hunter must provide is the same as with the old system. County and Deer Management Zone information, as well as other information is required. Township and Deer Management Unit (DMU) data is also requested but not required.

An online "Deer Hunting Location Viewer" (available by September 1) will enable hunters to pinpoint their hunting location, providing them with zone, county, township and unit information. Hunters are being urged to have this information available before going to their hunting location to speed the reporting process when they access the AHRS, whether by phone or online.

Detailed information about the system and how to use it is available on the division's website. Hunters should familiarize themselves with the system and its requirements, as well as this year's deer regulations which now include making the head of a harvested deer available to division law enforcement staff (if requested) within 48 hours of reporting a deer.

For information on the AHRS visit; a Frequently Asked Questions page is also online at For information on deer hunting visit

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