NJDFW Deer Project Leader Carol Kandoth describes the state’s 175,000 deer as “very healthy and at their reproductive maximum.” Hunters continue to increase the numbers of does taken, and buck harvests have not suffered. Kandoth recommends trying any location described as a “problem” area-zones with unlimited doe harvest potential-as good starting spots. Hunterdon County continues to be one of the highest participants in the annual deer take. Proposed new regulations allow for an earlier start to the fall bow season(early September) in zones with unlimited doe harvest, and the elimination of Zone 5 from the “Earn-a-Buck” program. Contact: New Jersey Department of Fish and Wildlife (609-292-6686; www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw).
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