The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is reminding hunters that December 5 marks the start of the Six-day Firearm Deer Season. The Six-day, or traditional “buck” season, runs through December 10.

A significant regulation change for this year is the addition of Deer Management Zones 28, 30, 31, 34 and 47 to the zones where harvest of an antlered deer is restricted to deer with at least one antler having a minimum of three antler points. The other Antler Point Restriction DMZs include Zones 3, 9, 13, 27, 29, 35, 37, 40, 63 and 67.

The season bag limit is two antlered deer, but the first buck must be brought to a check station before a second buck is taken. 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.

Bowhunters may also harvest a buck during the Six-day Firearm Season with a bow, as long as they have a current Archery License and a Firearm License, or an All-around License. The buck should be tagged with the transportation tag for the Six-day Firearm Season from the Firearm or All-around license.

For more on the season, including information about baiting, check stations, hunter orange and places to hunt, see http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2011/sixday11.htm on the division’s web site.

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