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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 the close of its operation 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 the close of its operation 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.

Hours of check station operation vary by season segment:

Segment A: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Segment B: noon to 7 p.m.
NOTE: Check station access is for hunters checking in bears only.

Days of operation vary by station:

Morris County
Black River Wildlife Management Area
275 North Road
Segment A: Open opening day and Saturday only
Segment B: Closed

Green Pond Golf Course
765 Green Pond Rd./Rt. 513
Segments A and B: Open all week

Sussex County
Flatbrook Roy Wildlife Management Area
Rt. 615 (Walpack Rd.)
Segment A: Open all week
Segment B: Open opening day and Saturday only

Whittingham Wildlife Management Area
148 Fredon-Springdale Road
Newton (Fredon Township)
Segments A and B: Open all week

Warren County
Pequest Trout Hatchery
605 Pequest Road (main entrance on Rt. 46)
Segments A and B: Open all week

In the event of a season extension, check station information will be announced via the permit hotline (609-292-9192), NJ Hunting E-mail List, news release, and on this page.

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Last Updated: August 4, 2017