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Black Bear Permit Lottery Information

September 6, 2011

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife black bear permit lottery application period will open on September 15 and remain open until 11:59 p.m on October 15. Application for permits can be made online atwww.nj.wildlifelicense.com or at license agents. A total of 10,000 black bear hunting permits, allocated by black bear hunting areas, will be available to properly licensed hunters and farmer hunters. Only hunters with a current, valid NJ firearm license may apply. There is a non-refundable application fee of $2.00 per lottery.

There will be two lotteries this year; an initial permit lottery and a secondary/leftover permit lottery. Black bear hunters have the option of applying for a second permit in the secondary/leftover permit lottery, however the second application can not be for the same black bear hunting area. Only two applications may be submitted per individual: one application for the initial permit lottery and if desired, one application for a different bear management area for the secondary/leftover permit lottery. Only one bear may be taken, regardless of the number of permits one possesses.

Award notifications and the permit pick-up period begin on October 24, 2011. Permits awarded in the lottery must be claimed prior to 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, November 13, 2011. Any leftover and unclaimed permits will be returned to the pool of available permits and sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. (Leftover permit availability will be posted on the online license website by the end of the day on Tuesday, November 15, 2011.) A current NJ Firearm or All-around Hunting License will be required to purchase a leftover permit. Sales will continue until the season ends or the permit quota is reached.

NOTE: It is the customer's responsibility to ensure that the application was made for the correct area and/or that the permit was purchased for the correct area. Please check all applications prior to leaving an agent location. Applications for all permits can be reviewed, and edited if wanted, on the license websiteOnce the permit application period closes the application cannot be changed. All permit sales are final, with no exceptions.

 

More information on the black bear hunting season, including the Black Bear Hunting Areas Map and Descriptions, is available on the division's website at www.njfishandwildlife.com/bearseason_info.htm. Hunters should also refer to pages 13, 29, 60 and elsewhere in the 2011 Hunting and Trapping Digest for additional information and regulations.

MAJORITY OF SHELLFISH BEDS ARE REOPENED IN NEW JERSEY 

(11/P109) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection today reopened the vast majority of shellfish beds in the state after tissue samples collected over the weekend met federal health standards. The beds were closed Aug. 27 as Hurricane Irene approached New Jersey.

Commissioner Bob Martin signed an order reopening shellfish beds in the ocean from Sandy Hook to Cape May Point and reopening estuarine shellfish beds from the Metedeconk River to Cape May Point. The order returns the beds to the harvest classification status that was in effect prior to passage of Hurricane Irene.

"The shellfish industry is very important to New Jersey's economy," Commissioner Martin said. "I want to thank all of the harvesters, distributors, retailers and countless small businesses that made sacrifices to protect public health under difficult circumstances. The DEP is continuing to monitor and test shellfish beds and expects remaining beds to be reopened soon."

As Irene approached, the DEP issued a statewide ban on the harvest of clams, oysters and mussels due to concerns about degradation of water quality from large volumes of stormwater. Clams, oysters and mussels are filter feeders that can accumulate harmful bacteria carried into waterways by stormwater. 

On Sunday, personnel with the DEP's Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring collected tissue samples. Several clam boat operators helped out by taking DEP staff out to many of the beds, enabling staff to conduct a comprehensive sampling of ocean and estuarine waters. These tissue samples met federal health standards for safe consumption.

The DEP today collected tissue samples from shellfish beds in the northern estuaries including Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook Bay and the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers. A decision on reopening these northern beds could be made as early as Wednesday, after the tissue results are analyzed.

Weather permitting the DEP will collect tissue samples from Delaware Bay on Wednesday, with a decision on reopening beds to be made after an analysis of the results.

The DEP works with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ensure that shellfish are safely harvested in state waters.

The DEP monitors, classifies and enforces shellfish regulations in 425,830 acres of estuarine beds and 295,857 acres of ocean beds.

The Department of Health and Senior Services' Food Safety Program regularly inspects shellfish processing plants to ensure they follow regulations that outline health and safety precautions. Shellfish samples are regularly collected from harvest areas, certified shellfish dealers and retailers for bacteriological examination. 

The program oversees a certification program which requires all wholesale shellfish dealers to handle, process, and ship shellfish under sanitary conditions and maintain records verifying that the shellfish were obtained from approved areas.

Harvesters and the public are advised that clams, oysters or mussels are not to be taken from waters in which they were restricted prior to storm.

Crabs, lobsters, scallops and other shellfish were not affected by the shellfish bed closures.

For more information, including a map of re-opened shellfish beds, visit: www.nj.gov/dep/bmw.
 

WILD Outdoor Expo
September 17 & 18, 2011

Wild Expo LogoThe New Jersey Wild Outdoor Expo celebrates the state's bountiful natural resources and rich outdoor heritage. The event will be held on September 17 and 18, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township, Ocean County. The Expo is free of charge and takes place rain or shine.

The Wild Outdoor Expo is hosted by the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife, Division of Parks and Forestry, the Green Acres Program and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. The event also has several sponsors, and exhibitors and vendors from the field of outdoor recreation will be on site. Food vendors will also participate; you are welcome to bring and enjoy your own in the picnic tent.

The Expo helps people connect with the natural world by providing a unique blend of conservation information, education and hands-on opportunities to learn outdoor skills and activities. Numerous environmental and conservation exhibits, demonstrations and seminars are planned for the weekend. Visitors can learn about, and try, a wide array of activities including fishing, hiking, shooting sports, kayaking, camping skills, rock climbing, wildlife watching and much more.

 

2011 Expo Flyer(pdf, 200kb) Directions Expo Activities FAQs Participating Organizations (pdf, 12kb) Volunteering Accommodations(pdf, 8kb)

Event Sponsor 
The Expo is partially funded through a grant from: 
Weatherby Foundation International - weatherbyfoundation.com Weatherby logo

Event Supporters 
Support for the Expo is provided by the following:

Freedom Fest State Fair, Inc. - www.freedomfeststatefair.com 
Monmouth County Park System - www.monmouthcountyparks.com 
Paddlerscove - www.paddlerscove.com 
People Papers - www.peoplepapers.com 
Six Flags Great Adventure - www.sixflags.com/greatAdventure/index.aspx 
Solar Mite Solutions - www.solarmitesolutions.com 
Traditional Archers of New Jersey - www.tradnj.com 
Union Green - www.union-green.com 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Wildlife Restoration Program - http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov

NJ Wild Outdoor Expo Sponsors, Supporters and Vendors

The inaugural Wild Outdoor Expo drew nearly 4,000 participants and received rave reviews. A comprehensive report on the outcome of the 2010 Expo is available. (Click to download report - pdf, 1.0mb.) The event hosts are striving to make this year’s event bigger and better and anticipate an even larger crowd, so we hope you can participate.

Sponsors and Supporters: Businesses and organizations are welcome to become sponsors and supporters of the Expo. Please call Liz Silvernail, Director of Development with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, at 609-292-3707 or e-mail her at [email protected] for information.

Vendors: To request an Exhibitor or Commercial Vendor registration form to participate in the New Jersey Wild Outdoor Expo, e-mail Michelle Smith at [email protected]. Note that event spaces are limited and will be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

 

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