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New Jersey black bear hunt is now open, fish & wildlife officials say

NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey Black Bear Hunt is open effective immediately Tuesday, December 6, according to the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife.

The New Jersey Appellate Court has found the Emergency Rule valid, officials said.

Hunters must check all bears harvested at a mandatory bear check station and the check stations will be open Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and will be open noon – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 7 through Saturday, December 10.

Hunters shall surrender the black bear transportation tag and will be issued a legal possession seal. Bear check is not available through the automated system.

When field dressing a black bear, leave the sex organs intact, attached to the body. A harvested black bear may be quartered and brought out of the field in sections.

Regulation Changes:

  • Hunters may not attempt to take or kill a black bear weighing less than 75 pounds (live weight), or less than 50 pounds dressed.
  • Hunters may not attempt to take or kill an adult black bear that is in the presence of cub(s) (bears weighing less than 75 pounds).
  • Hunters may not attempt to take or kill a black bear or have a loaded weapon within 300 ft. of a baited area when hunting bears.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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