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NJ Bear Hunt

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The Annual Bear Hunt in Sussex County is set to start on December 9, 2013 with Pequest Wildlife Management, an area which spans about 5,000 acres.

Angi Metler, Executive Director of B.E.A.R. an educational and resource program is against this bear hunting season. “Bear hunters are nothing more than throat killers,” Metler said.

B.E.A.R members plan to protest the hunt this year and feel like its being held for the wrong reasons. “The trophy hunters want rugs, wall mounts, and floor mounts. That’s all this is about. It’s a simple trophy hunt,” Metler said.

John Kelly of New Jersey Adventure Tours disagrees. “We’re not doing this to be sportsman and to kill animals and to let them suffer, every hunter that I know that is a bear hunter, they’re hunting for meat. They’re hunting to feed their family,” he said.

In New Jersey, the record set for last year’s biggest bear size was about 800 pounds. In order to ‘properly’ kill a bear, you are required to use a shot gun with a slug-round, instead of bird shot barrels.

In 2012 there were 6,400 hunters that participated in the Bear Hunt. 285 black bears were killed out of a population of about 3000.
The hunt will run until December 14, 2013.

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