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August 30, 2001


For more information contact:
Barbara Stoff at 609-292-9173

The Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds deer hunters that a new trial sale process for bow permits will be initiated on September 1, 2001. As part of this new procedure, bow permits for most zones will be available for over-the-counter sale at participating license agents throughout the state.

The Division also reminds hunters there is no need to stand in line or "camp out'" to get permits on September 1. In an attempt to curb a growing deer population, permit quotas in most zones have been greatly increased. The permit quota for the zones involved is much greater than last year's permit demand and the Division does not anticipate that these zones will sell out.

Permits will be available on a continuing basis throughout the season. Should locations temporarily run out of their initial supply of materials, permits will be restocked within 48 business hours. A list of license agents selling deer permits, zone descriptions, season dates and bag limits for zones available at license agents is available in the August issue of the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Digest and on the Division's website at

To purchase a permit at a license agent, a hunter must present his/her valid 2001 hunting license and $28 for each permit. Youth hunters must present their valid youth hunting license and $12 for each permit. Hunters do not need to fill out applications for permits, nor do they need to submit stubs from their licenses.

A hunter may purchase as many permits as he/she would like and must purchase his/her permits in person. The only exception is that an adult may purchase a permit for a youth or out-of-state hunter who is not present at the time of purchase. The adult will need to present the youth's valid youth hunting license or a valid non-resident hunting license.

Shotgun and muzzleloader permit sales will begin on Saturday, October 13. All permit sales at license agents will end on December 31, 2001. If a hunter wishes to purchase a permit from January 1, 2002 through the end of the deer season, he or she will be able to do so at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and the Division office in Trenton ONLY.