151 bears killed in first 4 days of hunt with protests planned for Saturday

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ROB JENNINGS / NJ.COM – The N.J. bear hunt is entering a fifth day after another 28 were killed on Thursday, bringing the four-day total to 151.

The first stage of the 2017 hunt will conclude Saturday. A second, six-day season begins Dec. 4.

This year’s pace remains well behind last year, when 432 bears were killed in the first four days en route to a record high of 636.

Hunters were allowed to use muzzleloader rifles starting Thursday, while the first three days were restricted to archery — identical to the rules that governed the 2016 hunt …

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