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2019 Black Bear Season Harvest Information

 

The 2019 Black Bear Season was held during two segments: the archery/muzzleloader Segment A, October 14-19 and the firearm Segment B, December 9-14. Segment B was extended for four days the following week, December 16-21, when the harvest rate objective of 20% was not met. A total of 315 bears were harvested for a harvest rate of 15.3%. Summaries of the harvest by Bear Hunting Zone and county are provided below. Sex, age and class data will be posted when available.

Hunters were required to check all harvested bears at check stations staffed by Division of Fish and Wildlife personnel. Data, including sex, weight and size were collected, and a tooth was extracted for aging by Matson's Lab, a wildlife laboratory offering cementum (tooth) aging.

For more information on the black bear hunting season in New Jersey, visit the Black Bear Season Information page; for information on black bears in the state, visit the Know the Bear Facts page.

Summaries of the harvest by Bear Hunting Zone and county are provided below.

Black Bear Harvest by Bear Hunting Zone
Bear Hunting Zone Bears Harvested in Segment A, 2019 Segment A Total Bears Harvested in Segment B, 2019 Segment B Total Season Total
10/14 10/15 10/16 10/17 10/18 10/19 12/9 12/10 12/11 12/12 12/13 12/14 12/18 12/19 12/20 12/21
Zone 1 19 13 3 5 3 5 48 3 1 0 2 2 3 0 0 1 2 14 62
Zone 2 35 23 6 5 15 23 107 0 3 1 3 8 2 2 3 0 1 23 130
Zone 3 34 17 7 1 5 17 81 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 1 1 6 87
Zone 4 6 5 3 3 4 6 27 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 6 33
Zone 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3
Total 94 58 19 14 27 53 265 3 4 2 7 14 7 3 3 2 5 50 315
Harvested Bears
Tagged This Year
7 4 0 2 2 3 18 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 5 23
Cumulative
Harvest Rate*
4.7% 7.3% 7.3% 8.7% 10% 12.0% 12.0% 12.0% 12.0% 12.7% 13.3% 14.6% 14.6% 14.6% 15.3% 15.3% 15.3% 3.3% 15.3%
*Based On 150 Tagged Bears Available for Harvest

Black Bear Harvest by County
County Bears Harvested in Segment A, 2019 Segment A Total Bears Harvested in Segment B, 2019 Segment B Total Season Total
10/14 10/15 10/16 10/17 10/18 10/19 12/9 12/10 12/11 12/12 12/14 12/15 12/18 12/19 12/20 12/21
Sussex 45 29 11 8 10 26 129 2 4 0 4 10 4 2 3 0 1 30 159
Warren 19 15 3 4 11 9 61 1 0 1 2 2 1 0 0 1 2 10 71
Passaic 8 5 2 0 2 7 24 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 27
Morris 22 9 1 1 4 7 44 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 48
Bergen 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 4
Hunterdon 0 0 1 1 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6
Somerset 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mercer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 94 58 19 14 27 53 265 3 4 2 7 14 7 3 3 2 5 50 315

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Last Updated: December 26, 2019