The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that the black bear hunting permit lottery application period ends 11:59 p.m on October 15. Application for permits can be made online at or at license agents. A total of 10,000 black bear hunting permits, allocated by black bear hunting areas, will be available to properly licensed hunters and farmer hunters. Only hunters with a current, valid NJ firearm license may apply. There is a non-refundable application fee of $2.00 per lottery.

There will be two lotteries this year; an initial permit lottery and a secondary/leftover permit lottery. Black bear hunters have the option of applying for a second permit in the secondary/leftover permit lottery, however the second application can not be for the same black bear hunting area. Only two applications may be submitted per individual: one application for the initial permit lottery and if desired, one application for a different bear management area for the secondary/leftover permit lottery. Only one bear may be taken, regardless of the number of permits one possesses.

More information on black bear hunting permits is provided at

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