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September 24, 2001


For more information contact:
Al Ivany at 609-292-2084


The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that the 2001 New Jersey small game season for pheasant, bobwhite quail, cottontail rabbit, red fox and coyote will open November 10. Hunters should review current regulations and season exceptions in the August issue of the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Digest.

"This year, New Jersey's 50,000 small game hunters will enjoy 750,000 days of recreation," said Division Director Bob McDowell. "Hunting opportunities for the above species are excellent."


Approximately, 55,000 birds will be stocked on 25 wildlife management areas (WMAs) throughout the state. Stocking will begin in early November prior to the opening day of the pheasant season, November 10, and continue until December 29.

Hunters must have a pheasant/quail stamp in possession in addition to the regular firearm hunting license to hunt for pheasants on stocked wildlife management areas. The cost for the stamp is $40 which provides more than six weeks of hunting birds that are stocked three days each week on most of the 25 WMAs. This stocking regimen amounts to 16 stocking days at a cost of $2.50 per stocking day to the individual hunter. For a mere $2.50 per day the stamp buyer gets a place to hunt that has been stocked with one of America's finest strains of game farm pheasants. In addition to this, the pheasant/quail stamp provides the opportunity to pursue 11,000 quail that are purchased and stocked on 17 days spread over two months. The quail are stocked on two South Jersey WMAs, Peaslee and Greenwood Forest, where portions of the areas are managed specifically for quail.

New this year, pheasant hunters should pay special attention to zone boundaries that have been adjusted to account for new highways, name changes, etc. In addition, pheasants of either sex may now be taken in Pheasant Zone 3.


Coyotes have been sighted in all of New Jersey's 21 counties. Individuals are encouraged to report coyote sightings by completing the form found on the Division's website at

Last year, 35 coyotes were harvested during the various hunting seasons, which included hunting with bow and arrow, shotgun and muzzleloaders. New this year and necessary for research and monitoring purposes, a permit is once again required to hunt the traditional special segment in February. In addition, this special segment has been modified to include hunting at night.

To request a permit an individual must send a 3-inch by 5-inch index card containing the applicant's name, mailing address, date of birth and evening telephone number to: NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, P.O. Box 400, Trenton, NJ 08625-0400, between Oct. 15 and Nov. 15. Applicants should write "Special Coyote Season" at the bottom of the card and include a $2 processing fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.


Sportsmen and women should note that hunting hours for the above species are sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset except on opening day, November 10, when legal hours begin at 8 a.m. and continue to 1/2 hour past sunset.


The New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Digest, August hunting season issue is available at license agents statewide and on the Division's website.