From the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Six-day Firearm Deer Season Opens Monday, December 8

Happy and proud youth with his first buck - image from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection website Trenton, New Jersey - Garden State hunters are finalizing plans and gearing up for the December 8 start of New Jersey's Six-day Firearm Deer Season. The Six-day or traditional "buck" season runs this year through December 13, and will provide great memories and countless hours of excitement for sportsmen and sportswomen throughout New Jersey.

The season bag limit is two antlered deer, but the first buck must be reported via the Automated Harvest Report System before a second buck can be pursued. Hunters who do not harvest a buck or only harvest one buck during the six-day season have the opportunity to take one antlered deer during the Permit Shotgun season if they purchase an antlered buck shotgun permit in addition to the regular zone permit. However, if a hunter harvests two antlered deer, he/she forfeits the opportunity to harvest an antlered deer during the Permit Shotgun season.

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From the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - NJ Upland Bird Small Game Season Opens Saturday, November 8

Red Fox Photo by Gary Lehman on NJDEP website Trenton, New Jersey - The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that the 2014-15 small game seasons for pheasant, chukar and Hungarian partridge, bobwhite quail, ruffed grouse (south of Route 70) and woodcock (south of Route 70) will open at 8:00 AM this Saturday, November 8. Small game seasons for several other species have already opened. Hunters are reminded that quail hunting is limited to commercial and semi-wild shooting preserves and the Peaslee and Greenwood Forest Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), as the wild quail hunting season remains closed.

Hunters should review current regulations, season dates and bag limits in the 2014-15 issue of the 2014-15 Hunting and Trapping Digest (specifically page 65) for information regarding the specific season (s) they wish to hunt. A summary of small game hunting season information can also be accessed at www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/2014/smgame_summary14-15.pdf (pdf, 68kb).

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The Gray Lady tackles bear problem in New Jersey and New York

2013 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Category III Second Place recipient Liam Jeanette New York Times reporter Lisa Foderaro looks at the change in attitude when it comes to bear hunting in New York and New Jersey ...

Trying to Lure Hunters as Bears Get Too Close

Newton, New Jersey - State wildlife officials here are trying to get the word out: Bear tastes good.

Hunters who bring in a bear to be weighed when the season starts in December will even receive a cookbook with recipes like “bear satay on a stick” and “grilled bear loin with brown sugar paste.”

“It’s tasty,” Kelcey Burguess, the bear project leader and principal biologist for the state’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, said of the meat. “It tastes like beef. I like cooking the ribs slowly.”

The object is not really to get more people to cook bear; it is to get more people to shoot one.

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Funds to help pay for Girls, Guys and Guns Day and Junior Rifle Program

Franklin Revolver & Rifle Association members Don Richard, Charlotte Richard, Helen Swingle, Club President Chuck Hughes and Friends of NRA Chairperson Maria Alampi
Shown accepting the $500 Grant Check are Franklin Revolver & Rifle Association members Don Richard, Charlotte Richard, Helen Swingle, Club President Chuck Hughes and Friends of NRA Chairperson Maria Alampi. - Photo from The News Advertiser

Fairfax, Virginia - The National Rifle Association hands out millions of dollars in grants every year. Some, of course, are bigger than others. The purpose of each grant is the same - to promote the shooting sports. Whether for ammo or guns or travel or range improvements, each dollar helps at least one shooter out there get that much better as their craft.

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From the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Early Fall Bow Deer Season Opens in Certain Zones September 13

Statewide Season Kicks Off October 4

Bow hunting image from American Hunter magazine Trenton, New Jersey - The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds bow hunters the 2014 New Jersey Fall Bow Deer Season opens on Saturday, September 13 in certain zones. After the early opener, the statewide season kicks off on Saturday, October 4 and runs through October 31. Permit bow season then starts up on November 1; permits are now on sale online and at license agents.

Bow Season Reminders

The Automated Harvest Report System (AHRS) is to be used for reporting deer during all deer hunting seasons... more on bow hunting in New Jersey ...

NRA Instructors watch over the firing link at New Jersey's Camp Noble Cause

Community says thanks to active duty military with weekend getaway to Scout Reservation

Rockaway, New Jersey - For seven years, the Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America has been running Camp Noble Cause; a weekend of fun and outdoor adventure for active duty, Guard and Reserve military personnel in New Jersey. Held at the Winnebago Scout Reservation in Rockaway, the weekend is chopped full of activities including rocket building, wall climbing, rifle, shotgun, swimming and archery. More than 100 volunteers give up their weekend to make the camp possible. And they do it for a simple reason.

“It’s a way to say thank you to our military personnel,” explained NRA Training Counselor Paul Dunberg. “It’s the least we can do.”

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Second Amendment activist honored by NRA for unmatched impact on community

Carol Katona is presented with the NRA's 2014 Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award

Fairfax, Virginia - The National Rifle Association has selected Carol Katona of Trenton, New Jersey, to receive the 2014 Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award. This award recognizes exceptional contributions to the preservation of the Second Amendment and the shooting sports through education, advocacy, volunteerism, and legislative activism in support of the goals of the NRA.

“Carol’s passion for hunting, competitive shooting, conservation, legislative work, and the promotion of NRA’s programs made her truly deserving of this year’s Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award,” said Rosemary Herr, manager of NRA’s Women’s Awards. “She touched so many lives through her work to educate people on becoming safe, skilled marksmen and responsible, ethical hunters.”

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Outdoor writer Tammy Ballew looks back at the adventures and career of Renaissance Outdoorswoman Sheila Link

Sheila Link showing off her quail

I am honored to know Sheila Link and have had the opportunity to hunt with her. If we could turn back the clock, I would give anything to spend more time with her, listening to her adventures, struggles and quests ...

Jersey City, New Jersey, seems like an unlikely birthplace of a passionate outdoorswoman, but on July 25, 1923, an extraordinary individual was born there. When she was 6- 1/2, Sheila’s family moved to California. Many lengthy journeys were made back home to New Jersey and New York City to visit grandparents, which instilled a comfortable confidence in Sheila through the very different lifestyles of casual western to dressy, formal eastern.

At the age of 13, Sheila, without parental assistance or approval, purchased her first rifle. That little .22 instilled in her a lifetime love of the shooting and hunting sports. She has hunted throughout the U.S., in Canada, Argentina, Mexico, and Africa, and became an avid shooter in several shooting disciplines, along with learning the art of reloading for rifle, pistol and shotgun.

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From the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife - Deadline to Claim Awarded Turkey Permits is Monday, March 24

Joe Petty's Merriam Turkey

Trenton, New Jersey - The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that those who were awarded Spring Turkey Hunting Permits have until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 24 to claim their awarded permits. Those who applied for permits through the lottery should have received notification of their results in the lottery.

Applicants who did not receive an e-mail or postcard notification can check if they were successful in obtaining a permit through the online license and permit website.

Awarded permits that remain unclaimed after 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 24 will become available via over-the-counter sale. All leftover and unclaimed permits will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 31.

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