Sunday, July 29, 2012


That 47-foot sculpture of a horsehoe crab that was supposed to be sunk last week as part of the NJ artificial reef program? Didn't happen. The drop was postponed and will be sunk at a future date according to Fish & Wildlife.

Archers are advised to start their backyard target practicing. Bowhunting opens in nearly 30 zones on Sept. 8.

Wednesday, Aug. 1 is the beginning of the application process for the fall turkey season and  tomorrow, July 30, is the first day non-residents can mail in their Pennsylvania antlerless permit applications.

Registration is now open for the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament Oct. 7 at Island Beach State Park.
Early registrants save $5 on the entry fee which is $15 for adults, 18 and up. It's $20 the day of the tourney.
Anglers 13-17 pay $5 and registration is free for ages 12 and under.

Go to for more info.

Sunday, July 22, 2012


Open wide - that's the best way to determine the age of a deer and the Division of Fish and Wildlife's White-tailed Deer Research Project with the help of the NJ State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs and other interested parties have helped collect 226 deer teeth for aging during the 2010-2011 seasons. A quick look at the tables shows deer from a half year old to 13 and a half. You can find the study results at


With fall deer seasons not far off it's a good time to whet your appetite for September's archery hunting, as well as fresh venison in the freezer.
From 7 - 9 p.m. Aug. 9 state wildlife biologist Carole Stanko will explain the new automated deer check system, the effects of EHD on deer, last season's tally as well as any major changes in the deer regs for 2012-13. The seminar will be held at the Sergeantsville Firehouse.

Sunday, July 15, 2012


An indoor/outdoor archery facility is being proposed and there are three potential locations:
The Black River Wildlife Management Area in Chester Township, the Berkshire Valley WMA in Roxbury Township or the South Branch WMA in Hunterdon County.
A public meeting on the proposal will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 7 at the Pequest Trout Hatchery.
You can make written suggestions on the project up to Sept. 7.
Write to:
Paul Ritter
NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife
26 Rt. 173 West
Hampton, NJ 08827

Sunday, July 8, 2012


A friend sent an e-mail with a photo of a 45-inch Northern pike recently caught out of the the Passaic River. The fish was released however and there was no info on weight, girth, etc.
The record Northern is 30 pounds 8!/2 ounces caught in 2009 from Pompton Lake.

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Some of the "animal rights" people are just plain loonies. a New Hampshire woman was mauled by a black bear with gouges and cuts on both of her arms requiring 25 stitches when attacked by a black bear while walking her dog.
The NH fish and game department wants to capture and kill (euthanize) the animal, but a local "bear rehabilitator" said, "it doesn't sound like a killer bear....rather than just shooting the bear it would be a good idea to take the time and make sure there's a good reason"
What, track down the sow and ask her what made her do it?
Fish and Game officials say they can't take the chance the bear will attack someone again.
That makes more sense.
Meanwhile there were bear sightings in Winslow Township, NJ, again, and in Vineland police, animal control and fish and wildlife are trying to capture as many as three bears.
On the feathered front, six wild turkey poults were rescued from a water drain in Millville.
They seemed to have gotten separated from the mother and confused, but all were fine when removed from the storm drain.