Hunters offer up licenses to spare bears for a price

Posted: Updated:
HARDYSTON TOWNSHIP -

(AP) - Three bear hunters in New Jersey want hunt opponents to put their money where their mouths are.

The hunters say they'll destroy their hunting licenses if opponents pay them $500 each. The proceeds will be donated to a food pantry and an animal shelter.

RELATED: New Jersey bear hunt being extended 4 days this week

Michael Bush of Mountain Mike's Sports Shop in Sussex County posted the challenge on Facebook. Bush tells NJ.com he wants to see how much people care about the bears.

State Sierra Club director Jeff Tittel says it sounds like they're trying to ransom the bears and are trying to discredit the people who oppose the hunt.

Officials are extending New Jersey's bear hunt because this year's harvest fell short with hunters bagging 382 black bears during both segments of the 12-day hunt, which ended Saturday.

  • New Jersey SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • 2018 MTV Video Music Awards

    2018 MTV Video Music Awards

    Sights and scenes from the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, held on Aug. 20, 2018 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

    Sights and scenes from the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, held on Aug. 20, 2018 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

  • Photos: Flooding around New Jersey

    Photos: Flooding around New Jersey

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 5:09 AM EDT2018-08-14 09:09:38 GMT
    Over 100 evacuated following flooding in Brick TownshipOver 100 evacuated following flooding in Brick Township

    Pictures of flooding around New Jersey

    Pictures of flooding around New Jersey

  • Guide: New Jersey Breweries

    Guide: New Jersey Breweries

    Wednesday, August 8 2018 8:48 AM EDT2018-08-08 12:48:05 GMT

    Looking to check out brewery this summer? There are many breweries across the state for beer-lovers to visit. Check out our list for breweries in your area. 

    Looking to check out brewery this summer? There are many breweries across the state for beer-lovers to visit. Check out our list for breweries in your area. 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."