The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is reminding hunters that over-the-counter sale of leftover and unclaimed black bear hunting permits will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 21. Hunters can possess two permits each for a different zone – but the bag limit is still one bear.

The numbers of permits which will be available when the OTC sale begins are as follows:

  • Bear Hunting Area 1: 328
  • Bear Hunting Area 2: 1,729
  • Bear Hunting Area 3: 1,817
  • Bear Hunting Area 4: 1,286

The permit availability chart will be updated continually in real time after Monday’s sale opening. The chart can be viewed at http://www.nj.wildlifelicense.com/ALS/unit_report.php.

A current, valid NJ Firearm or All-around Hunting License is required to purchase a permit. Sales will continue until the season ends or the permit quota is reached. There is a non-refundable processing fee of $2.00 per permit.

Permits can be purchased online at http://www.nj.wildlifelicense.com or at license agents. If a hunter wishes to purchase two permits they must be purchased in two separate transactions – we apologize for this inconvenience. Those purchasing permits online need to allow sufficient time for the mailed permits to arrive (up to 7-10 business days) or pay for expedited shipping.

NOTE: It is the customer’s responsibility to ensure that their purchase is for the correct area(s). All permit sales are final, with no exceptions.

More information on the black bear hunting season, including the Black Bear Hunting Areas Map and Descriptions, is available on the division’s website at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/bearseason_info.htm. Hunters should also refer to pages 13, 29, 60 and elsewhere in the 2011 Hunting and Trapping Digest (http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/dighnt11.htm) for additional information and regulations.

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