Lottery application periods are as follows:
Spring Turkey Season: January 25-February 22
Lotteries are conducted to allocate spring turkey, beaver, and otter permits prior to over-the-counter sales. (The is no lottery for deer, bear or fall turkey permits.) To enter a lottery an application must be submitted at a license agent or online. 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).
Online Lottery Applications - Before You Start:
Applying at License Agents - Know Before You Go
Confirm your application! Applicants may review their application prior to the application period deadline by logging in at www.nj.wildlifelicense.com and selecting "Check on the status of any Lottery Application or Edit your Lottery Application Choices." An application can be reviewed and edited regardless of where or how you applied. License agents and Fish and Wildlife staff DO NOT have the ability to change your application once submitted. Only you can make changes.
Applications may be edited only during the actual application period. Once the application period is closed it is impossible to change your application. 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) 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.
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 notification is 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 and Trapping Digest should check their application status online.
Successful lottery applicants may claim their permit(s) at any license agent or via the license website (shipping fees apply). See the corresponding lottery permit "pick up" dates listed in the Hunting and Trapping Digest for turkey and beaver/otter permits.
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.
Note that at the time of application, only the non-refundable $2.00 application fee was paid; the balance of 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 may take 7-10 business days to arrive.
Leftover (unclaimed) lottery permits and non-lottery permits are available "over-the-counter" (OTC) at license agents and www.nj.wildlifelicense.com. Internet purchases CANNOT be printed at home. Plan ahead as it may take 7-10 business days for permits to arrive.
OTC permits go on sale as follows:
Black Bear:Permit sales begin at 10:00 a.m.
Availability of leftover/unclaimed lottery permits (spring turkey and beaver/otter) for subsequent OTC sales can be viewed on the Zone/Period Availability Report when active.
Note that an Antlered Buck Permit is required for antlered deer during permit deer seasons (bow, shotgun and muzzleloader). There are deadlines associated for the purchase of each type of buck permit.
October 26 for Permit BowThese deadlines apply UNLESS purchasing the first zone-specific antlerless permit AND an Antlered Buck Permit at the same time after these dates.
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.