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Mandatory Black Bear Check Stations

 

After Harvesting a Bear ó Mandatory Bear Check Requirement

Properly licensed hunters who harvest a black bear shall immediately complete and affix to the bear the "Black Bear Transportation Tag" from their Black Bear Hunting Permit. Information included on the black bear transportation tag shall include: the hunterís name, address, Conservation ID Number (CID#); date and time of kill; nearest road(s), county and municipality of kill; and the sex of the black bear.

Successful hunters must take the black bear to a designated check station by 7 p.m. on the day of the kill. Hunters shall surrender the black bear transportation tag and will be issued a legal possession seal. In addition to field dressing the bear, it may be quartered provided that all of the parts are taken to the check station.

Any legally killed black bear recovered too late to be brought to a designated black bear check station by 7 p.m. on the date of the kill must be reported immediately by telephone to the Bureau of Law Enforcement, Northern Region Office at 908-735-8240. Hunters must provide their name, address and a telephone number where they can be reached on the telephone message recording device if a Division representative is not available. Said black bear must be brought to a designated black bear check station the next day to be registered and to receive a legal possession seal.

Hunters reporting bears to the law enforcement office after check stations close on Saturday will be contacted by a biologist on Sunday to legally check the bear and collect biological data on Sunday.

BEAR CHECK STATIONS
Hours: 12 noon - 7 p.m.
NOTE: Check station access is for hunters checking in bears only.

Only the three check stations listed below will be open for the 2015 season extension, Wednesday, December 16 - Saturday, December 19:

Sussex County
Whittingham Wildlife Management Area
148 Fredon-Springdale Road
Newton (Fredon Township)

Morris County
Green Pond Golf Course
765 Green Pond Rd./Rt. 513
Rockaway

Warren County
Pequest Trout Hatchery
605 Pequest Road (main entrance on Rt. 46)
Oxford

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Last Updated: December 14, 2015