From the N Division of Fish and Wildlife
-- New Jersey's 2009 Wild Turkey Fall Hunting Season begins Monday, Oct. 26 and continues through Saturday, Oct.31. Leftover fall turkey permits will be available beginning 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct.13 for the following Turkey Hunting Areas (THAs): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9 10, 11, 20, 21 and 22.
These leftover and unclaimed permits will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Permits can be purchased via the on-line licensing system or at a license agent. The Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center is the only Division facility that sells permits. Permits cost $21 for each adult permit and $12 for each youth permit.
The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife continually monitors the state's wild turkey population. This year's monitoring of productivity indicates production of young birds (poults) was fair to good, which bodes well for fall turkey hunters. Hunters should expect a decent density of juvenile birds in the forests and fields this fall.
For more information on over-the-counter turkey permit sales call the 24-hour computerized permit hotline at (609) 292-9192 or visit the Permit Information page at www.njfishandwildlife.com/permit_info.htm on the division's website.
For information on wild turkeys in New Jersey visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/turkey_info.htm , also on the division's site.