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2016 Black Bear Season Harvest Information

 

The 2016 Black Bear Season was held during two segments: a new archery/muzzleloader segment October 10-15 and a firearm segment December 5-10, 2016. A total of 636 bears were harvested. Summaries of the harvest by Bear Hunting Zone and county are provided below. Sex, age and class data will be posted when available.

Hunters were required to check all harvested bears at check stations staffed by Division of Fish and Wildlife personnel. Data, including sex, weight and size were collected, and a tooth is extracted for aging by Matson's Lab, a wildlife laboratory offering cementum (tooth) aging.

For more information on the black bear hunting season in New Jersey, visit the Black Bear Season Information page; for information on black bears in the state, visit the Know the Bear Facts page.

Summaries of the harvest by Bear Hunting Zone and county are provided below.

Data is as of 8:30 p.m. Saturday, December 10.
All data is preliminary and subject to revision.

Black Bear Harvest by Bear Hunting Zone
Bear Hunting Zone Bears Harvested in Segment A Segment A Total Bears Harvested in Segment B Segment B Total Season Total
10/10 10/11 10/12 10/13 10/14 10/15 12/5 12/6 12/7 12/8 12/9 12/10
Zone 1 46 20 7 17 16 15 121 10 3 6 2 1 1 23 144
Zone 2 64 37 24 25 14 35 199 13 8 2 0 3 2 28 227
Zone 3 74 32 22 19 19 17 183 4 6 0 1 1 2 14 197
Zone 4 21 10 9 3 6 8 57 0 1 5 0 1 2 9 66
Zone 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Total 206 100 62 64 55 75 562 27 18 13 3 6 7 74 636
Harvested Bears
Tagged This Year
17 7 1 5 9 7 46 0 2 1 0 2 0 5 51
Cumulative Harvest Rate*
8.6% 12.2% 12.7% 15.2% 19.8% 23.4% 23.4% 23.4% 24.4% 24.9% 24.9% 25.9% 25.9% 25.9% 25.9%
*Based On 197 Tagged Bears Available for Harvest

Black Bear Harvest by County
County Bears Harvested in Segment A Segment A Total Bears Harvested in Segment B Segment B Total Season Total
10/10 10/11 10/12 10/13 10/14 10/15 12/5 12/6 12/7 12/8 12/9 12/10
Sussex 104 49 28 39 29 47 296 23 9 7 3 4 2 48 344
Warren 36 22 15 7 6 10 96 1 3 3 0 1 2 10 106
Passaic 19 11 12 8 2 4 56 1 4 0 0 1 2 8 64
Morris 41 15 6 7 16 13 98 2 2 2 0 0 0 6 104
Bergen 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Hunterdon 5 2 1 3 2 0 13 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 15
Somerset 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mercer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 206 100 62 64 55 75 562 27 18 13 3 6 7 74 636

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Last Updated: December 28, 2016