|New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife|
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Fred Carlson at 609-292-6685
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife recently announced proposed changes to the 1999-2000 New Jersey Game Code. The code describes procedures, dates, locations and harvest limits on the hunting or possession of game birds, mammals, and fur-bearing animals in New Jersey.
The New Jersey Fish and Game Council will hold a public hearing regarding the code on June 1, at 7 p.m. in the National Guard Armory, 151 Eggerts Crossing Road, Lawrenceville, Mercer County.
"New Jerseyans are encouraged to review and comment on the proposed amendments and take an active role in shaping the future of wildlife management in the Garden State," said Fish and Game Council Chairman John Bradway. "Many of the current proposals focus on managing New Jersey's white-tailed deer population. Balancing the needs of deer with those of the agricultural community, landowners and the sporting public is of primary concern with success ultimately depending on the cooperation of all involved."
The New Jersey Fish and Game Council is responsible for approving seasons, bag limits and other regulations for hunted species each year and is comprised of representatives from various conservation sporting groups, the farm community, Endangered and Nongame Species Committee and the general public.
In those zones where significant agricultural damage continues, the Division will continue to apply a management strategy to reduce the antlerless deer population. In addition, the Division will continue to monitor complaints of deer damage to ensure a proper balance between deer and farming.
"The Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife's deer management objectives are to maintain a healthy herd, keep populations at levels that are compatible with agricultural practices and other land uses, and maximize the recreational benefits derived from the deer resource," said Division Director Bob McDowell. "In an effort to reduce agricultural damage and deer-human conflicts in developing areas of the state, deer populations are being reduced. However, lack of hunter access to land which harbors unnecessarily high deer populations continues to be a problem for both landowners and the Division."
Regarding management of the increasing black bear population in North Jersey, a hunting season has not been proposed at this time. Residents of this area are encouraged to continue "bear-proofing" their surroundings and use caution in the presence of these animals.
Highlights of game code amendments follow. If approved, revisions would:
For Zones 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 25, 36, 41 & 50:
- Adjust shotgun permit season quotas to meet additional second lottery and over-the-counter demand.
- Make deer tags valid on the day of issuance (statewide).
- Provide the option of taking two deer at a time during the shotgun permit season.
- Require that an antlerless deer be taken first during the entire fall bow, permit bow, muzzleloader, permit shotgun and winter bow seasons.
- Provide a 31-day permit shotgun season, including November 22-24; December 6-11, 15-17, 1999; and January 8-29, 2000.
The previous proposals and all amendments to the 1999-2000 Game Code will be published in the May 17 New Jersey Register, followed by a 30-day public comment period. Consult this publication for specific information on season dates, permit quotas, special area hunting regulations, zone boundary changes and other details.
Copies of the proposed 1999-2000 Game Code will be available for review at the Division's main and regional offices after May 17. In addition, interested individuals may obtain a copy of the proposed amendments by sending a business-sized, self-addressed, stamped envelope (for 66-cents) to:
Game CodeWritten comments may be submitted no later than June 16, to Director Bob McDowell at the above address.
NJ Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife
P.O. Box 400
Trenton, NJ 08625-0400
Muzzleloader Squirrel - Oct.2 - Nov. 12 and Jan.18 - Feb. 14, 2000
Pheasant - Nov. 13 - Dec. 4 and Dec.13 - Jan.8, 2000 (Dec. Shotgun either-sex season exceptions), and
Dec.13 - Feb. 14, 2000 (Within designated areas only)
Bobwhite, Quail, Chukar, Cottontail Rabbit - Nov.13 - Dec.4 and Dec.13 - Feb.14, 2000 (Dec. Shotgun either-sex season exceptions)
Woodchuck - March 4 - Sept. 27, 2000
Spring Wild Turkey
Segment A: Monday, April 24, 2000 - Friday, April 28, 2000Crow - August 2, 1999 - March 11, 2000 (MON.-THURS.-FRI.-SAT. ONLY) (Dec. shotgun either-sex season exceptions)
Segment B: Monday, May 1, 2000 - Friday, May 5, 2000
Segment C: Monday, May 8, 2000 - Friday, May 12, 2000
Segment D: Monday, May 15, 2000 - Friday, May 19, 2000 and Monday, May 22, 2000 - Friday, May 26, 2000
Segment E: Saturday, April 29; Saturday, May 6; Saturday, May 13; and Saturday, May 20, 2000
Fox - Bow only: Oct.2 - Nov.12; Shotgun/Bow: Nov.13 - Feb.14, 2000
Raccoon/Opossum - Oct. 1, 1999 - March 1, 2000
Coyote - Jan. 29, 2000 - Feb. 14, 2000
Most Zones - October 2 - 29, 1999Extended Bow
Zones 13, 36, 42, 49 - September 11 - October 29, 1999
Most Zones - October 30 - November 27, 1999Muzzleloader (Most Zones) November 29, 30; December 13, 14, 18, 20-24, 27-31, 1999; and January 1, 2000
Zones 13, 36, 42, 49 - October 30 - December 31, 1999
Six-day Firearm (Statewide) December 6 - 11, 1999
Permit Shotgun (By Zone)
1 day zones - December 15, 1999
3 day zones - December 15 - 17, 1999
7 day zones - December 15 - 17, 1999; and January 14, 15, 21, 22, 2000
22 day zones - December 15 - 17, 1999; and January 8 - 29, 2000
31 day zones - November 22 - 24; December 6 - 11, 15 - 17, 1999; and January 8 - 29, 2000
Winter Bow (Statewide) - January 1 - 29, 2000
* Season dates may vary for Special Management Areas