TRENTON -- Sunrise marked the start of New Jersey's expanded black bear hunt.
Monday is the first of the six-day hunting season. 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.
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.
Officials say 510 bears were killed during the annual bear hunt held last December. null
New Jersey's expanded black bear hunt gets underway