The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is reminding hunters that  New Jersey’s Six-day Firearm Deer Season opens on Monday, December 3. The Six-day or traditional “buck” season runs  through December 8, and will provide great memories and countless hours of excitement for sportsmen and sportswomen throughout New Jersey.

The season bag limit is two antlered deer, but the first buck must be reported before a second buck can be pursued. Hunters who do not harvest a buck or only harvest one buck during the Six-day Season have the opportunity to take one antlered deer during the Permit Shotgun season if they purchase an Antlered Buck Shotgun Permit. However, if a hunter harvests two antlered deer, he/she forfeits the opportunity to harvest an antlered deer during the Permit Shotgun Season.

All deer harvested must be reported either online or by telephone using Fish and Wildlife’s Automated Harvest Report System (AHRS). This system is now in effect for all deer seasons, and replaces the previous deer check station system. Please see http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/ahrs.htm for information about the AHRS, including the new Deer Hunting Location Viewer.  The view will help you determine the township and Deer Management Unit (DMU) where you hunt prior to going into the field. Although you can report your deer without this information, every effort should be made to include it, as it is used to make improvements to deer hunting regulations.

Hunters reporting a deer will be assigned a Confirmation Number in place of the metal possession seal formerly provided at check stations. The Confirmation Number must be kept with the deer and its parts.

For more information regarding the Six-day Firearm Deer Season see http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2012/sixday12.htm on the division’s website.

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