Obtaining Hunting and Trapping Permits
Lotteries are conducted to allocate turkey, bear, beaver, and otter permits prior to over-the-counter sales. (The is no lottery for 2012-2013 Special Area Deer Permits.) To enter a lottery an application must be submitted at a license agent or via the Internet (application periods are listed in the Hunting Digest). A non-refundable $2.00 application fee is charged for each lottery application.
Hunters and trappers have three choices in each lottery. If a permit is only acceptable to you for one particular zone (and/or period), only a first choice selection should be made. There is no requirement to select a second or third choice; these are optional. If an applicant's first choice cannot be filled, the computer will check for the second choice (if listed). If this selection is also sold out, the computer will check for a third choice.
Each lottery is completely random and awards only ONE permit - not three. The chance of being awarded a permit in the lottery depends on the number of applicants and the number of permits allocated (permit quota).
Lottery Application via the Internet - Before You Start:
Applying at License Agents - Know Before You Go
Regardless of where or how you applied for a lottery, applicants may review their application at any time from any computer with Internet access. Check your application status or edit your application if you discover a correction is necessary. Log in using your CID# (or SSN) and DOB at www.nj.wildlifelicense.com to access your profile and select "Check on the status of any Lottery Application or Edit your Lottery Application Choices."
Applications may be edited only during the actual application period. Once the application period is closed it is impossible to change your application. License agents and Fish and Wildlife offices DO NOT have the ability to change your application once submitted. Only you can make changes. Take care during the application process.
Application Status Check
Hunters and trappers may check their application status at any time. Log in at (www.nj.wildlifelicense.com)using your CID# (or SSN) and DOB and select "Check on the status of any Lottery Application or Edit your Lottery Application Choices". The system displays if the lottery has been run and if you were awarded a permit. During the application period the system displays your application as 'pending'. When the system shows 'pending,' the lottery has not been completed.
Notification of Lottery Results
Once the lottery is complete, applicants will be notified of their results via e-mail or postcard, depending on the method selected at the time the application was submitted. For those who choose e-mail, be sure to review any "junk" or spam e-mail settings on your system so the lottery results notification are not blocked. When applying at a license agent, applicants may or may not be asked to choose a notification method. Some license issuing machines must use the default method of mailing a postcard notification. Applicants who don't receive notification by the date posted in the Hunting Digest can check their application status online.
Claiming Your Permit
Successful lottery applicants may claim their permit(s) at any license agent or via the license website (mailing/handling fees apply). See the corresponding lottery permit "pick up" dates listed in the Hunting Digest for bear, beaver/otter and fall turkey permits. Spring turkey permit information is in the Turkey Hunting Information Booklet.
IMPORTANT PERMIT INFORMATION: Awarded permits must be claimed by a specific date. Any unclaimed permits will be made available for "over-the-counter" purchase. Additionally, if two permits are awarded in the lottery both must be claimed - you are obligated to purchase both. Successful applicants will not be able to claim only one of them.
Recall that at the time of application, applicants paid only the non-refundable $2 application fee; the actual permit fee must still be paid. At license agents, be sure to bring your CID#; tell the agent you're there to pick up your Fish and Wildlife awarded lottery permit. Permits claimed via the Internet are subject to additional fees and will take 7-10 business days for your permit to arrive.
Leftover (unclaimed) lottery permits and non-lottery permits are available at license agents and via www.nj.wildlifelicense.com. Internet purchases CANNOT be printed at home. Plan ahead, as it may take 7-10 business days for a permit(s) to arrive.
During every transaction, there are several opportunities to review information for accuracy. A complete review at each step will allow for corrections to be made, if necessary. Once a transaction is complete there will be NO refunds or exchanges. When purchasing permits at a license agent, speed transactions by presenting the agent a written note with your CID# and DOB, plus the season and zone of your permit choices.