The New Jersey black bear season has kicked off with a bang, seeing great harvest numbers.
The first day of the hunt that began Monday 10 October has seen over 200 black bears taken by hunters.
On Monday, 206 bears were harvested and 60 more were brought to check stations later that day.
The extended 6-day hunting week has started off very well with newly expanded hunting zones, all part of a more robust bear management program introduced this year. There has been a marked increase in negative bear and human interaction in the last couple of years due to a burgeoning bear population and hunting is the most practical method to ensure sound management.
The New Jersey black bear fall hunting season reserves the first three days for bow hunting only, with both bow and muzzle-loaders allowed for the final three days of the six day hunt. The next bear hunting window is December 5-10 for firearms use only.
The New Jersey black bear hunt was re-introduced in 2010 and continues to be an important management tool to sustain healthy bear populations and reduce potentially dangerous encounters between bears and residents.