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New Jersey State Big Game Records

Bears, the really big ones, live here and they they’re way tougher than the Sopranos


Get far from Atlantic City’s boardwalk, and you’ll find a place full of farms and woodland. It’s a great place to be a bear and grow really, really big. In the far northern tip of New Jersey in Sussex County, you’re sure to run into plenty of bears for the records. A little to the south in Morris County, hunter Jeffrey Melillo killed the state record in 2019. That bear was big enough to sit in the top five of All-time. There are whitetail deer, too, with a couple of whoppers entering the records in 2020. 

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