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49,402

October 29, 2013

The New Jersey deer population continues to grow, overrunning urban towns as well remote areas. No wonder the state has become an attractive place for deer hunting, since there were 49,402 deer killed by hunters in 2012-2013.

Breeding season for deers is just about now and runs through mid-December -- making it both dangerous for drivers and attractive for hunters. That’s because deer are on the move, looking for mates. The problem is particularly acute at dawn and dusk. State officials warn that drivers should slow down, stay alert, and avoid tailgating in order to stay safe.

Fall bow-hunters harvested the greatest number of deer last year, 15,409, followed by shotgun hunters with 10,267 deer bagged.

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