Outdoor Life Online Editor

New Jersey hunters, nervous last week that their bear season could be canceled after last year’s fiasco, were allowed into the woods for a six-day season, which began Monday. In 2004, the hunt was canceled at the last minute when a court appeal fell through.

No other state has seen such divided public opinion on the issue of black bear hunting. Anti-hunting residents vowed to disrupt the season by protesting. As of today, though, their threats have been left unfulfilled. Though, one group claimed to be planning a closing day protest in Sussex County.

Overall, the harvest numbers were on target. By Thursday evening, 246 bears had been checked. Early next year, state officials will evaluate data from the hunt and decide if another season should be held next year.