Governor Phil Murphy made waves in the hunting community when he banned bear hunting on state property. One of the after effects is that New Jersey bear hunting permits have decreased 39% compared to last year, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.
Sussex County has been directly affected by the ban with more than 21,000 acres of wildlife management areas and 22,000 acres of state forest and parklands closed off to hunters. According to the New Jersey Herald, many hunters are postponing trips to Sussex County and are opting to go to black bear hunting other states instead.
Read the NJHerald.com story here.