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December 21, 1999

For more information contact:
Natalie Baratta-Verdi at (609) 777-4194

Effective immediately, the sale of all remaining deer permits available through "over-the-counter" sales will be sold at the new fee rate of $28. Children under the age of 16 may also purchase permits at the new rate of only $12 per permit. Additionally, all 2000 hunting and fishing licenses will be sold according to the new rate changes announced as follows.

On December 20, Governor Christine Todd Whitman signed into immediate effect Bill #S1378, the long awaited funding initiative proposed through cooperative efforts of the New Jersey (NJ) Fish and Game Council and several statewide sportsmen/conservation groups including the NJ State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, United Bowhunters of NJ, NJ Chapters of Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, New Jersey Audubon Society, Jersey Coast Anglers Association and the Recreational Fishing Alliance.

This funding initiative is the financial solution to help the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife maintain healthy operating levels. Due to the effects of normal inflation and cost of living increases, with no fee hikes in over five years, operating budgets of many bureaus in the Division have been reduced to levels so low programs and services were impacted. Some of the losses felt by the hunting and angling public included the loss of a fall trout stocking program and decreases in the pheasant and quail-stocking program. With fee hikes now in effect for the new millennium, the Division will be able to re-establish these and other services that may have been cut or impacted.

In addition to reestablishing programs and services, these funds will allow the Division to fill several critical positions left vacant due to funding deficits and will assist in the development, management and access of new lands acquired through the state's Open Space Initiative. Additional funds will also enable the Division to continue cooperative efforts with the agricultural community to alleviate deer damage to crops and maintain deer densities at tolerable levels.

The Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife will also change its name to the Division of Fish and Wildlife to better clarify its mission of managing ALL the wildlife of New Jersey. The phase-in process will begin January 1, 2000 and will appear gradually over time as signs, stationary and other materials are replaced and developed.

The license increase is expected to generate approximately $2.6 million in revenues for the newly renamed Division of Fish and Wildlife. Monies generated will assist the Division with the continued development of new and innovative programs increasing productivity, management and services to the public and wildlife of the state. In addition, New Jersey's economy will benefit tremendously from the license increase. Currently, residents and non-residents spend more than $1.9 billion on wildlife-related activities in New Jersey, generating $3.8 billion to the state's economy.

Some of the many benefits gained from increased fees include:

2000 Schedule of Fees for Hunting & Fishing Licenses

License or Stamp - Total Cost License or Stamp - Total Cost
Resident Fishing - $22.50 Non-Res. Youth Firearm Hunting - Free*
Senior Fishing (Ages 65-69) - $12.50 Resident Bow & Arrow Hunting - $31.50
Resident Youth Fishing - Free* Sr. Bow & Arrow Hunting (Age 65+) - $16.50
Resident Trout Stamp - $10.50 Res. Youth Bow & Arrow Hunting - Free*
Non-Resident Fishing - $34.00 Non-Res. Bow & Arrow Hunting - $135.50
Non-Res. Youth Fishing - Free* Non-Res. Youth Bow & Arrow Hunt - Free*
Non-Res. 7-Day Vac. Fishing - $19.50 Pheasant & Quail Stamp - $40.00
Non-Res. 2-Day Fishing - $9.00 Youth Pheasant & Quail Stamp - Free*
Non-Res. Trout Stamp - $20.00 Resident Waterfowl Stamp - $5.00
All-Around Sportsman - $72.25 Non-Res. Waterfowl Stamp - $10.00
Resident Firearm Hunting - $27.50 Resident Trapping - $32.50
Senior Firearm Hunting (Age 65+) - $15.50 Resident Youth Trapping - Free*
Resident Youth Firearm Hunting - Free* Turkey Permits - $21.00
Non-Res. Firearm Hunting - $135.50 Deer Permits - $28.00
Non-Res. 2-day Small Game Hunting - $36.50 Youth Deer & Turkey Permits - $12.00

*NOTE: Free youth hunting licenses (under age 16) will be issued by the Division only. Youth fishing licenses are not required.