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Archers Take Aim as New Jersey Bear Hunting Season Gets Underway

The number of bears hunted and killed in the Garden State has decreased in the last few years

What to Know

  • The first three days of New Jersey's bear hunt begins Monday for hunters armed with bows and arrows.
  • Garden State hunters killed 225 bears in 2018, the lowest amount since 2003.
  • Gov. Phil Murphy has again prohibited bear hunting on state lands.

New Jersey's black bear hunt is getting underway.

The first three days of the hunt beginning Monday are for hunters armed with bows and arrows. Archers and muzzleloading rifle hunters can participate on Thursday and Friday.

The hunt is restricted to five zones. Gov. Phil Murphy has again prohibited hunting on state lands.

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