For more information contact:
Anthony McBride at (609) 292-1473
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife will offer unclaimed turkey permits at selected Division offices throughout the state beginning Saturday, April 4. 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.
Unclaimed permits will go on sale April 4, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and will also be sold as long as the supply lasts between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays following April 4. Please note that weekday sales vary by office (see hours below). All offices, except Trenton, will be closed during lunch hour, 12 noon to 1 p.m. Individuals interested in purchasing an unclaimed permit must bring their 1998 hunting license and cash or a check for $16.25 for each permit.
It is not necessary for a hunter to appear in person, but the individual buying the permit must have the hunter's 1998 hunting license and necessary fee. Note that an individual standing in line is limited to purchasing permits for a total of five people. Photocopies of licenses will NOT be accepted.
Additional permits can be purchased for any hunting area with permits still available. Hunters may buy as many permits as they wish, however, in the interest of fairness, hunters may only purchase one permit per license as long as there is a line.
Permits will be sold on a first come, first served basis at the following Division offices:
Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center, seven miles west of Hackettstown on Rt. 46, Oxford, in Warren County (Sat. Apr. 4, then Monday through Friday).
Northern Region Office, westbound Rt. 78, take exit 13 to Rt.173; eastbound Rt.78, take exit 12 to Rt.173, Hampton, in Hunterdon County (Sat. Apr. 4, then Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only).
Southern Region Office, one mile south of Rt. 73 on New Brooklyn-Blue Anchor Rd., in Sicklerville, Camden County (Sat. Apr. 4, then Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only).
Assunpink Wildlife Management Area Office, exit 11 off Rt. 195, head north, at second intersection turn right, follow road until it forms a T. The office is a white house directly ahead. Located in Robbinsville, Monmouth County (Sat. Apr. 4, then Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only).
Nacote Creek Research Station, two miles north of Smithville on Rt.9, in Atlantic County (Sat. Apr. 4, then Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only).
In addition, permits will be sold weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Trenton office, 501 East State St. (3rd floor), beginning Monday, April 6. There are no Saturday sales at the Trenton office.
Turkey permits are available for the following areas and weeks:
AREA: WEEK: 1 B*, C, D** 2 C** 5 B, C 6 B, C, D 7 B**, C, D 12 A*, B, C, D 14 A*, B*, C, D 15 B*, C, D* 16 A**, B, C, D, E* 22 B**, C, DPLEASE NOTE: (**) Designates that there are less than 30 permits available in that area and week.
The Fall Turkey Permit Lottery will be conducted in late May. Permits and non-selection notices will be mailed in June. Due to the limited number of permits available, over-the-counter sales are not expected.
For more information on over-the-counter turkey permit sales, please call the 24-hour computerized permit hotline at (609) 292-9192.