NEW JERSEY – New Jersey’s fall black bear hunting season Segment A starts today, October 8 through Saturday, October 13. This segment allows archery-only hunting on Monday, October 8 through Wednesday, October 10. This is followed by a combination of archery and muzzleloader rifle hunting on Thursday, October 11 through Saturday, October 13.
Bear hunting is prohibited on all state wildlife management areas, parks, forests and recreation areas as per Governor Murphy’s Executive Order and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe’s Administrative Order.
Bears may be hunted on municipal, county or federal land open to bear hunting and any private property for which you have permission. If in doubt about a property’s availability, please call the managing agency for that specific property.
If a hunter shoots a bear that runs onto state land, call Fish and Wildlife at (908) 735-8240 before proceeding to pursue or retrieve the bear. If the office is closed, leave a message with your name, CID number, contact telephone number and the location where you will be attempting to recover the bear.
For more information on the 2018 bear hunting season visit njfishandwildlife.com/bearseason_info.htm, Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 34 and DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe’s Administrative Order 2018-24.
Segment B, Firearm begins December 3 through December 8; and December 12 through December 15 (if extended).