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Bear Hunting Season Information
Bear Hunt Update

The black bear season is closed.

On June 21, 2021, New Jersey's Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (CBBMP) expired, and as such, there is no black bear hunt. In accordance with the Supreme Court ruling on September 27, 2007, no black bear hunt may occur without a properly-promulgated CBBMP proposed by the New Jersey Fish and Game Council and approved by the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
Black Bear Management
Fish and Wildlife’s overall integrated bear management strategy includes public education, black bear research and monitoring, trapping and aversive conditioning, and euthanizing bears that pose a public safety threat. Nonlethal bear management strategies are used to reduce the number of human interactions with bears.
Bear Harvest & Survey Data
View harvest data dating back to 2003.
Black Bear Research
NJDEP's Fish and Wildlife is responsible for protecting and managing New Jersey's wildlife. In fulfillment of this responsibility, the agency is studying and managing a growing black bear resource while minimizing interactions with people.