More Than 300 Bears Killed In First 2 Days Of 6-Day NJ Bear Hunting Season

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hunters have killed 306 bears during New Jersey’s expanded black bear hunt.

There were 100 killed by arrows on Tuesday and 206 were killed on Monday. Most were in Sussex County.

The first three days are reserved for bow hunting, while hunting with bows and muzzle-loading guns will be allowed during the last three days.

There were 510 bears killed during last year’s hunt, which was the second-highest number since the hunt re-started in 2010.

State officials say the extended hunt was added because of increased human and bear interaction.

New Jersey resumed state-regulated bear hunting in 2003 after a ban that lasted more than 30 years. Another hunt was held in 2005, and in 2010 the state instituted an annual hunt.

The firearm-only season for bear hunting this year will take place from Dec. 5-10. Officials have the option to extend the bear hunt if the harvest objectives are not met.

New Jersey officials extended the 2015 hunt by four days after not reaching their target number during the regular season.

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