Leftover Spring Turkey Hunting Permits Available
March 17, 2006
Donít Stand In Line Ė Go Online!
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife will offer leftover wild turkey hunting permits on the Internet beginning Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. Thereafter, leftover permits will be available 24 hours a day at www.njfishandwildlife.com through the new Integrated Electronic Licensing System.
Permits purchased over the Internet will be mailed to buyers in 7-10 days in plenty of time for the season. A shipping and handling charge of $2.06 for the first permit and $0.56 for each additional permit will be charged by Automated License Systems (ALS), the contractor handling electronic license sales for the Division of Fish and Wildlife. For youth permits, the additional fee will be $1.84 for the first permit and $.34 for each additional permit.
A valid 2006 hunting license number must be provided to purchase a permit via the Internet. You may use Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or E-Check to pay for your permit(s) purchase.
Hunters will have the option of purchasing permits via the Internet or they may choose to stand in line at a Division office. Leftover spring season permits will be sold on Saturday, April 1, at three Division field offices.
Hunters considering purchasing leftover permit(s) at a field office are advised that Internet buyers will likely get all of the relatively few leftover permits for high demand zones and hunting periods several minutes after the sales begin.
It is highly unlikely these high demand permits will be available at the over the counter locations on April 1. Getting to an over the counter sales location "extra early" is no guarantee that Internet buyers will not purchase all of the available leftovers for high demand areas/periods before you reach the front of the line.
Persons interested in purchasing an unclaimed permit over the counter must bring their 2006 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 sale if they have the absent hunterís valid hunting license and social security number. However, a hunter in line is limited to purchasing permits for a maximum of three individuals. Photocopies of licenses are not acceptable.
For the Saturday, April 1 sale, permits will be sold between 9 a.m. and 12 noon at the following three offices: Pequest, Central Region (Assunpink WMA) and Southern Region. Beginning Monday, April 3, 2006 and as long as the supply lasts, leftover permits will sold Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the same three Division field offices.
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
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
Southern Region Office, one mile south of Rt. 73 on Blue Anchor Rd. in Sicklerville, Camden County
Information regarding the availability of permits for certain zones and hunting periods will be posted on the division's website the week of March 20. The information will also be available on 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.