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New Jersey bear application period open until Oct. 30

From the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

-- New Jersey hunters are reminded that the black bear permit lottery application period closes on Oct. 30. Applicants must have a current, valid NJ firearm hunting license to apply. Hunters who have not yet completed a Bear Hunting Education Seminar can apply for a permit but must have completed a seminar in order to claim an awarded permit or purchase an over-the-counter leftover permit. For Bear Hunting Education Seminar information visit .

Application for permits can be made online at or at license agents. There is a $2 non-refundable permit application processing fee.  Applications for all permits can be reviewed, and edited if wanted, on the license website. Once the permit application period closes the application cannot be changed. It is the customer's responsibility to ensure the application was made for the correct area.

The award notification and permit pickup period for black bear permits begins the week of Nov. 15. Black bear permits awarded in the lottery will be held in reserve until the end of the season, Dec. 11. Over-the-counter issuance of leftover permits begins Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. and continues until the season ends or the permit quota is reached.

All permit issuances are final, with no exceptions.

For more information on the permit application and over-the-counter issuing process visit on the division's website. For information on the bear season, as well as a zone map and descriptions, visit

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