October 21, 1997

For more information contact:
Paulette Nelson at 609-292-9173

According to the New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife, the mail-in lottery system for issuing special deer hunting permits was extremely successful this year. As a result, there are very few bow permits available for over the counter sales on Saturday, November 1.

Nearly every applicant was fortunate in obtaining a bow permit for their first choice in the first lottery. Since there were more than 1,500 more applicants for bow permits than last year and modifications in some permit quotas to better distribute the antlered deer harvest between users, most of the left-over permits were issued during the second lottery resulting in fewer permits available for sale over-the-counter.

Due to the limited number of bow permits available and that all of the zones with permits are located south of Trenton, the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Oxford, Warren County and the Northern Region Office in Hampton, Hunterdon County will NOT be selling bow permits. However, these offices will have shotgun and muzzleloader permits for sale starting November 15.

The Division will sell the remaining bow permits on a first come, first served basis. Bow permits are available for the following zones: 20, 21, 22, 33, 39, 40, 45, 46, 57, 58 and 61. Please note that there are less than 25 bow permits available in zones 22, 33, 39, 45 and 61. Zones 57, 58 and 61 will be sold only at the Nacote Creek Research Station in Galloway Township, Atlantic County. Zones 39 and 40 will be sold only at the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area Office in Robbinsville, Monmouth County. There are less than 10 permits available for Zones 33 and 45. These two zones will be sold only at the Nacote Creek office.

Permits will be sold between 9 a.m. and 12 noon on Saturday, November 1, at the following Division offices:

Southern Region Office, one mile south of Route 73 on Blue Anchor Road in Sicklerville, Camden County.

Assunpink Wildlife Management Area Office, exit 11 off Route 195 (east or west), then follow the signs, in Robbinsville, Monmouth 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 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Monday, November 3, between 9 a.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 E. State Street in Trenton. The Trenton office is not open on Saturday, November 1.

Anyone interested in purchasing an unclaimed bow permit must bring their 1997 archery hunting license and cash or check for $21.75. 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 Permit Hotline (609) 292-9192.

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