Deer hunting season started this week, and permits went on sale to the general public yesterday. Last season, which ran from September 12 to February 20, 2010, hunters took 52,783 deer in New Jersey. That was the second-lowest deer harvest in 14 years, with 33,300 antlerless deer killed (down 4 percent), while antlered deer kills were up 3.5 percent.
Fall bow hunters were responsible for the largest portion of the deer harvest (28 percent), with deer killed by shotgun running right behind (25 percent). Other types of bow hunters were responsible for another 17 percent of the harvest.
The largest number of deer killed was in Hunterdon County (8,519), followed by Sussex (5,680) and Warren (5,206). The smallest cull of the deer herd was in Union County (24), followed by Bergen (85) and Essex (132).