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First Year of Automated Report System


The 2012–13 deer season was the inaugural year of Fish and Wildilfe’s Automated Harvest Report System (AHRS), which opened with great anticipation and some apprehension on the part of New Jersey’s deer hunters. The new system replaced the mandatory deer check station — in place since 1972 — where hunters were required to present their deer carcass at one in the network of check stations throughout the state. The new system replaces that with the hunter’s choice of registration of his or her harvest either by telephone or through the Internet.

  • Hunter compliance was excellent! The 2012–13 total harvest was only 167 deer short of the 2011–12 harvest, showing that hunters understood, used and were successful in registering their deer with the new system.
  • Law Enforcement’s efforts were enhanced by the data availability afforded by the new system: some hunters were inspected at their home to prove the validity of their harvest report; summonses were written if violations were revealed.
  • The majority of hunters submitted Deer Management Unit (DMU) data. Sixty-seven percent of hunters included DMU data with their harvest registration. While this is a great response for the first year, it falls short of the 91 percent of hunters who submitted DMUs in 2011–12.

Please make every effort to submit DMU data for each harvest, using the instructions below! This data is extremely valuable to Fish and Wildlife, enabling biologists to monitor the harvest at local levels, estimate losses from diseases such as epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) or others and to assess if there is a need to change zone boundaries.

A strong effort is being made to further improve the Automated Harvest Report System. Fish and Wildlife appreciates the cooperation of our deer hunters. Thank you!


Regulations in red are new this year.

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