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March 22, 2004


The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife will offer leftover wild turkey hunting permits at selected Division offices throughout the state beginning Saturday, April 3, 2004. This special over-the-counter sale will enable hunters who did not apply for a permit, were not selected in the lottery, or who wish to obtain an extra permit an opportunity to do so.

On April 3, the leftover spring season permits will be sold between 9 a.m. and 12 noon at five Division field offices. Additionally and as long as the supply lasts, leftover permits will be sold Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at five Division field offices and the Trenton office beginning Monday, April 5, 2004. Persons interested in purchasing an unclaimed permit must bring their 2004 hunting license and cash or check for $21 (for each adult permit) or $12 (for each youth permit).

Hunters need not be present to purchase permits over-the-counter. A person may purchase a permit for a hunter who is unable to attend the over-the-counter sale if they have the absent hunter’s valid hunting license. However, a hunter on line is limited to purchasing permits for a maximum of three individuals. Photocopies of licenses are not acceptable.

Beginning Saturday, April 3, the following zones are available over-the-counter at the Pequest, Northern Region, Central Region (Assunpink WMA), Southern Region and Nacote Creek offices (Note that any leftovers will continue to be available on Monday, April 5 and thereafter for as long as the supply lasts. They will also be available at the Trenton Office beginning Monday, April 5):

 1   A, B, C, D, E, G
 2   B, C, D, E
 3   A**, B, C, D, E, G
 4   B, C, D, E
 5   A, B, C, D, E
 6   A, B, C, D, E, G
 7   A, B, C, D, E, G
 8   B, C, D, E
 9   C, D, E
10  A*, B, C, D, E, G**
11  C, D, E
12  B**, C, D, E
14  B*, C, D, E
15  B*, C, D, E
16  A, B, C, D, E, G*
20  B, C, D, E
21  C, D, E
22  B*, C, D, E

* Less than 30 permits left
** Less than 15 permits left

Spring Season Hunting Periods:

A. Monday, April 19 – Friday, April 23, 2004
B. Monday, April 26 – Friday, April 30, 2004
C. Monday, May 3 – Friday, May 7, 2004
D. Monday, May 10 – Friday, May 14, 2004
E. Monday, May 17 – Friday, May 21, 2004 and also Monday, May 24 – Friday, May 28, 2004
G. Saturdays: April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15 and May 22, 2004

Youth Turkey Hunting Day is Saturday, April 17, 2004. Youths must have a 2004 Spring Turkey Season hunting permit in order to hunt. This date is considered a one-day early extension of the regular permit that the youth holds.

Over-the-Counter Sales Locations Are:

Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center, nine miles west of Hackettstown on Rt. 46 in Oxford, Warren County

Northern Region Office, westbound Rt. 78, take exit 13 to Rt.173; eastbound Rt.78, take exit 12 to Rt.173 in Hampton, Hunterdon County

Southern Region Office, one mile south of Rt. 73 on Blue Anchor Rd. in Sicklerville, Camden County

Central Region Office (Assunpink WMA), exit 11 off Rt. 195, head north, at second intersection turn right. The office is at the corner of East Branch and Eldridge Rds. Located in Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County

Nacote Creek Research Station, two miles north of Smithville on Rt.9 in Port Republic, Atlantic County

Main Office, 501 East State Street (3rd floor) in Trenton, Mercer County beginning Monday, April 5, 2004. There are no Saturday sales at the Trenton office.

For more information on over-the-counter turkey permit sales, please call the 24-hour computerized permit hotline at 609-292-9192.

The fall turkey permit lottery will be conducted in mid summer. Permits and non-selection notices will be mailed in early July. The Division does not anticipate having a large supply of leftover fall season permits after the mail-in lottery.

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