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November 9, 1998

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According to the New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife, the mail-in lottery system for issuing special deer hunting permits was extremely successful this year. As a result, there are a limited number of firearm permits available for over-the-counter sales on Sunday, November 15.

"Nearly every applicant was successful in getting a shotgun or muzzleloader permit for their first choice in the first lottery," said Division Director Bob McDowell. Also, this is the first year that over-the-counter sales will take place on Sunday, so that hunters will not lose any recreational opportunities on Saturday."

The Division of Fish, Game, and Wildlife will sell the remaining unclaimed permits on a first come, first served basis. Shotgun and muzzleloader permits are available for the following zones: 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 27, 29, 33, 35, 36, 41, 45, 46, 50, 57, 61, 63 and 66. Muzzleloader permits only are available for Zone 58. Shotgun permits only are available for zones: 37, 52, 53, 59, 60 and 64. Please note that there are less than 30 shotgun and muzzleloader permits available in Zone 33 and that there are less than 30 muzzleloader permits available for Zone 61.

There are less than 10 permits remaining in the following zones and they will be sold at the office closest to that zone. Zone 50 shotgun and muzzleloader permits, and zones 37, 52 and 53 shotgun permits will be sold only at the Assunpink WMA. Zone 66 muzzleloader and Zone 57 shotgun permits will be sold only at the Nacote Creek Research Station.

Permits will be sold from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 15, at the following Division offices:

All of the above offices will sell permits Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Monday, November 16, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. In addition, unclaimed permits will also be sold on weekdays only between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Division's main office at 501 E. State Street in Trenton. The Trenton office is not open on Sunday, November 15.

Anyone interested in purchasing a shotgun and/or muzzleloader permit must bring their 1998 firearm hunting license and cash or check for $21.75. It is not necessary for a hunter to appear in person, however, the individual buying the permit must have the hunter's license and the necessary fee. Photocopies will NOT be accepted.

For more information, please call the 24-hour computerized Permit Hotline at (609) 292-9192.

NOTE: The above wildlife management area tracts are not open until 5 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15 for individuals waiting to purchase permits.