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NJBF Youth Trappers
Championship Held 2008
by Jack R. Allen
by Forest R. Honeywell III
For the past 46 years the New
The New Jersey Bass Federation Jersey Trappers Association (NJTA) has
(NJBF) was fortunate again this year in hosted their annual Rendezvous at the
securing permission to hold the 2008 Space Farms Complex in Beemersville,
Junior State Championship on Lake N.J, and this past October 5th saw the
Denmark at Picatinny Arsenal. The tourna- 47th such gathering take place.
ment was held on October 4, 2008. Well before the scheduled starting
Lake Denmark is a private lake locat- hour of nine o’clock am, the Space
ed on property owned by the U.S. govern- grounds were alive with activity. More
ment. The lake is known to hold lunker trapper supply and related-item vendors
largemouth bass, as well as pickerel, crap- were on hand than in previous years. The
pie, perch and bluegill. The water is very crowd of trappers and aspiring trappers
clear, with depths averaging around 4-8 were busy stocking up on the many
feet. Besides lacking pressure by fisher- items needed to insure themselves a suc-
man, the lake offers a level playing field cessful season.
for the junior competitors since no one is In recent years, the Rendezvous
able to pre-fish. has become a family-oriented outing.
The 15 junior anglers that competed This one had many members, non-mem-
in the championship tournament had been bers, wives, and children enjoying the
pre-qualified to fish the event through day. It was encouraging to see many
tournaments held during the year by their teenagers in attendance, because the
respective junior chapters. The NJBF future of trapping, as we know it, is pass-
Two contestants and their captain brave some unseasonably cold October weather to ing on to these young people.
youth program currently has three active participate in the 2008 Junior State Championship tournament. Photo courtesy NJBF.
youth chapters: Millennium, Next By the noon hour, much of the buy-
Generation. and Riggin-N-Jiggin. ing and selling was completed and the
It was an unusually cold October ramp by 2:15 pm. results to be finalized and the awards cere- mid-day lunch of roast pork with all the
morning, with an air temperature in the Once the tournament was underway, mony to begin. Guest speakers at the event trimmings was served by association
low 40s. The weather report called for gen- preparation for the weigh-in, awards cere- included NJBF President Tony Going, members. Following the lunch break the
erally clear skies and a chance of a passing mony and refreshments began. Through NJBF Vice President Mike Hart, Captain business meeting got under way, called
shower. After a cold and cloudy start, the the efforts of the many volunteers, many of Don Kennedy from Picatinny Arsenal, to order by President Marty Scanlon.
air warmed up a bit and the skies turned whom arrived before the sun came up, Harvey Knight of North Jersey Marine, After reports from various officers and
sunny. everything was set up and organized well and Kristin Leary a Co-Marketing committees, the floor was turned over to
After registration and the pairing of in advance of the tournament’s conclusion. Manager at Mars, Inc. a number of guest speakers.
two competitors with a boat captain, the When the fishing ended, the boats were Captain Don Kennedy from The first presenter was Mr. Mike
anglers headed for their captain’s boat to loaded onto the trailers and returned to the Picatinny Arsenal arrived at the event in Valinte, a non-game biologist with the
stow their gear and prepare for launching. parking area. From there, the boat captains military style, driving a camouflage multi- N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife. He
A1 Purdy, the acting tournament director, and competitors headed for the weigh-in purpose assault vehicle (a Hummer). He spoke on the expanding population of
gave an overview of the rules before the site. FLW Tour professional angler Pete also brought National Guard merchandise bobcats and the numerous fisher sight-
boats headed to the ramp. Lieutenant Gluszek greeted the competitors as they for the junior anglers. Harvey Knight ings in our northern counties. Next on
Colonel John M. Thane, the Rod and Gun came to the scale and served as the official donated Ranger Boats hats and other mer- the agenda was furbearer biologist Mr.
Association military advisory representa- weighmaster of the tournament. chandise for the junior anglers. Andy Burnett. He alluded to the severe
tive for Picatinny, was on hand to watch Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, soda, Kristin Leary of Mars Snackfoods in decline in muskrat populations here in
the 7:15 am launch. The competitors and and more were available for everyone to Hackettstown, NJ donated M&Ms and N.J. and in a number of other states. In
boat captains were advised to return to the enjoy while waiting for the tournaments Snicker candy bars, as well as t-shirts, an years past, Garden State trappers har-
M&Ms Pro tournament shirt, and a vested more than 250,000 muskrats
Snickers Pro tournament shirt. The tourna- annually. This past season saw roughly
25,000 pelts marketed. For some reason,
Jersey Man ment shirts were presented to the first-
place junior angler in each age group dur- tidal water muskrats seem to be holding
up better than the fresh water population.
ing the awards ceremony.
Claims Gold Finally, it was time to announce the
tournament results and the presentation of
The causes still elude researchers. Fewer
mink were also taken, as muskrats are a
prime food source for this species: fewer
at ISSF World awards. It is worth noting that not every
junior chapter member qualifies each year muskrats, fewer mink.
Lastly, Mr. John Epler, noted
to compete in the state championship.
Cup Final Each youth chapter is only permitted to
send six junior anglers (three in the 11-14
author and fur trader from Orwigsburg,
PA, gave his educated guess as to the
age group and three in the 15-18 age prospects for the upcoming fur trapping
group) to the state championship. As such, season. Large raccoon, beaver, muskrats
Two-time Olympian Matt Emmons
every junior angler that competed in the and otter pelts will all be in demand, he
of Browns Mills, New Jersey won his
2008 Junior State Championship tourna- suggested, and most other furs will
second medal at the 2008 ISSF
ment is to be congratulated for their reflect last year’s averages.
Rifle/Pistol World Cup Final in
accomplishment by just qualifying in their His advice? “Sell your pelts at the
Bangkok, Thailand when he captured the
respective chapter to advance to the state early sale.”
gold medal in the Men’s 50-meter, 3-
championship event. The election of officers for 2009
Position Rifle event this past November.
In the 11-14 age group, the top followed the speakers. Those elected
This is the second consecutive year
anglers were Richard Pennacchio in first were: Marty Scanlon (President), Jim
Emmons has claimed the title in this
place, Lukasz Wnek in second, and Ryan DeStephano (Vice President), Bill Guiles
Orchard in third. The Big Bass lunker (Treasurer), Connie Henderson (Sec-
Photo courtesy award went to Pennacchio, who caught a retary), and Bob Conners (Field and
see Emmons, p. 5
Massimiliano Naldoni, ISSF 2.42-pound largemouth bass. Education Director). Following the
In the 15-18 age group, the top adjourned meeting, closing activities
Please inform the membership office see Rendezvous, p. 5
(see page 2) of any change of address. see NJBF Youth, p. 6
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Bergen Frank Dara 973-523-2640
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Burlington Bill Schultz 856-235-3344
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2nd Thursday of month, 7:30 PM Menantico Gun Club
Cumberland Bob Russell 856-327-2197
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Essex Carmine Minichini 908-964-5713
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2nd Tuesday of month, 7:45 PM Mullica Hill American Legion post 452
Gloucester Paul Dare 856-546-5376
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Northern District Office of Fish & Wildlife
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Mercer Rick Moore 609-882-2202
except July and August US Highway 130 N., Bordentown, NJ
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Middlesex John Messeroll 732-828-8543
except July and August 66 Adirondack Ave., Spotswood, NJ
4th Wednesday of month, 8:00 PM 4 F’s Gun Club
Monmouth Ken Ganson 732-566-0841
except July and August Burke Rd, Freehold, NJ
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Morris 1st Tuesday of month, 8:00 PM John Rogalo 973-691-9355
1 Legion Place, Mine Hill, NJ 07803
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Rt. 70, Lakehurst, NJ (2 miles east of Rt 539)
Last Monday of month, 7:30 PM The Wayne Civic Center, Room 3
Passaic Richard Weber 973-697-1814
except June and July 1006 Hamburg Tpk., Wayne, NJ
Tuesday after 3rd Friday of month, Salem County Sportsmen Clubs
Salem George Shivery 856-423-2421
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Somerset Joe Griglak 732-868-2563
except July and August 445 Milltown Rd., Branchburg, NJ 08807
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14 Sparta Ave., Sparta, NJ
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Union Marty Scanlon 908-245-2846
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4th Wednesday of month, 7:30 PM Pequest Trout Hatchery
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enjoy the unlikely combination of liver-
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR wurst sandwiches, followed up with rice
pudding. I also remember the man who
served in my wedding party and the surro-
gate ‘Uncle Buck’ to my sons.
When Keith was in the janitorial and
recycling business, I would receive a huge
box of plastic garbage bags or a package of
toilet paper when he paid us a visit or came
for dinner. Some friends might have
brought flowers or candy, but Keith knew
what a young married couple really need-
Eagle Deer Club 80th Anniversary My husband, Ken, went on several
hunting trips with Keith and his family.
Some were up to Maine for deer and some
Dear Oliver, were more exotic such as to Quebec for
caribou, Florida for wild boar, and
The Eagle Deer Club of Ewing cele- Wyoming for antelope. Keith was also a
brated its 80th anniversary in 2008, and frequent fishing buddy and whether it was
has been hunting out of its camp in for fluke, shark or tuna, Keith loved reel-
Milford, PA for some 38 years. generations ing them in.
of families have enjoyed the camaraderie We all knew Keith lived a solitary
of this organization and the highlight of the “man’s” life with sparse living quarters
traditional Pennsylvania deer hunting and casual clothing. He was a bachelor
experience. The club also has been acci- who found his niche in life through his
dent-free for those 80 years. The photo love of hunting and the outdoors, with
shows the way they were in 1933 with a German shorthair pointers as his compan-
heavy deer pole, and last season with some ion of choice.
fine-looking bucks. At his memorial last night
In 1928 a group of men from Ewing, (November 18, which would have been his
NJ started to hunt in Milford, PA. This was 51st birthday), we recalled how ironic it
the beginning of the Eagle Deer Club. As was for an avid hunter to have fostered and
the years passed, sons started to join their bottle-fed an orphan newborn deer (he
fathers in this traditional hunt. The sons, named him Skippy), and put the word out
nephews, and friends soon turned into a to other hunters in the area that Skippy was
25-member hunting club that is celebrating not to be touched. He claimed that even
their 80th anniversary. after he returned Skippy to the woods near
Eighty years is a long time, and of his home, if he called his name, he still
course the original members are now hunt- appeared at the edge of his property.
ing the woods in heaven. The club today Eagle Deer Club Turns 80. Members of the Eagle Deer Club, as seen after a successful We accepted Keith as he was. He did-
still enjoys hunting with family and autumn hunt, in 1933 (top) and in 2007 (bottom). Photos courtesy Bill Hall. n’t need to be a gifted speaker, writer,
friends. The club is also proud of the fact snappy dresser or fastidious housekeeper,
that they have hunted 80 years without as the article written by Jan McDowell
accident. Sportsmen’s Clubs meets on the second committee reports. Following old and new pointed out. I have to say, it stung seeing
Thursday of each month, with the excep- Business, the guest speaker or speakers (if that in writing. It wasn’t a necessary part of
Bill Hall tion of July and August, in the Bloomfield any) are then introduced. a tribute to a man we loved and will dear-
Ewing, NJ Civic Center. The present slate of officers This past meeting our very able and ly miss.
include President Carmine Minichini, dedicated Conservation Officer, Mr. Joe
Essex County Federation Activity Secretary John McCormick, and Treasurer Kuechler, gave an in-depth run down on a Tina Book
Bob Armstrong. The meeting is called to number of informative topics, including Towaco, NJ
Dear Oliver, order by Carmine at 8:15 pm with the cus- the ever-present black bear problem which
tomary flag salute. The business meeting increases every year. The much-debated Jan McDowell responds: I am writ-
The Essex County Federation of then takes place with the treasurer and saltwater fishing license issue was also ing in response to your beautiful story of
discussed; as usual some in attendance your long friendship with Keith Griffiths,
were for the license and some were showing a side of him we hunters and
State Meeting Attendance against.
After a question-and-answer segment
was concluded, Officer Kuechler noted
anglers didn’t know and enjoyed reading.
But if you felt hurt by some of my
words about Keith in the November
The table below indicates attendance at recent NJ State Federation of that Verona Park Lake would receive a Sportsmen News, allow me to explain.
Sportsmen’s Clubs statewide meetings; attendance by a delegate is winter stocking of good-size trout prior to To mention Keith’s not-so-faulty
December 1. “faults” was the only way to show his
indicated by a shaded region. The Essex County Federation is complexities and make us appreciate the
seeking both organized clubs and individ- level of his accomplishments even more.
Jun-08 Jul-08 Aug-08 Sep-08 Oct-08 Nov-08 ual members. Joining gives members a Minor troubles with public speaking or
voice in the many proposed bills that writing might have stopped others. Not
impacts hunting, fishing, and trapping in Keith. He got involved and made a differ-
Bergen County our state. For more information becoming ence – a big difference.
Burlington County a member, contact Mr. Carmine Minichini I, and others, might shy away from
Camden County (editor’s note: see table on page 2). getting into “public life” if my clothes and
Cumberland County speaking ability weren’t just so. Thank
Jack Allen goodness Keith didn’t shy away, and that I
Essex County Bloomfield, NJ can at least write.
Gloucester County These “faults” were, in fact, part of
Hunterdon County the reason we liked and respected Keith so
Mercer County Remembering Keith Griffiths much.
The point is, if Keith could do such a
Middlesex County Dear Oliver, phenomenal job, so can others, even if they
Monmouth County aren’t 100 percent at every task. And we
Morris County I am writing as a friend of Keith need the “others” to stand up and get
Ocean County Griffiths who passed away on September started during this time of big trouble for
19, 2008. Along with his other friends, wildlife in New Jersey.
Passaic County family, co-workers, and acquaintances we I miss him. I’m sure huge numbers of
Salem County were deeply saddened by his untimely other hunters, anglers, and shooters do
Somerset County passing. also. He was a very special man.
Sussex County When I think of Keith, I remember We have, as indicated in the
the 20-year friend old who kept me compa- November issue, established a fund for a
Union County ny when my new boyfriend (now my hus- scholarship or grant in Keith’s name.
Warren County band of 28 years) went off to college. Just Make checks out to: Sussex County
Jersey Coast Anglers so I wouldn’t be lonely, Keith would take Conservation Foundation, In Memory of
NJ Trappers me, along with one of my girlfriends, to Keith, and send to P.O. Box 462,
another friend’s deli where we would Stockholm, NJ 07460.
United Bow Hunters
NJ Bass Federation
RICHARD CULP, 1929-2008
Beach Buggy Assoc.
NJ Ducks Unlimited
The NJ State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, as well as all the sportsmen and women
NJ Trout Unlimited
of NJ, were saddened by the passing of Dick Culp on Saturday, December 13. He was
best-known by the Garden State’s sporting community for his activism in outdoors
Field Trail Clubs concerns, serving in a variety of roles including a position on the Fish and Game
Council, and President of the Sussex County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs.
The next meeting will be held on January 16, at the Assunpink Wildlife Friends and family have reported that Dick’s wish was that contributions be made to
Center, at 8:00 pm. the Courtney Fund, c/o 6 Solar Road, Milton, NJ 07438.
January 2009 NEW JERSEY FEDERATED SPORTSMEN NEWS Page 5
who knows Tera knows that not only is she
an accomplished trapper but is also a gift-
ed speaker on the subject. When the legis-
lature was presented with these two ladies,
a word from... who not only articulated the benefits of
trappers, but also were well dressed, they
were shocked that trapping is not the
Neanderthal activity that is the public per-
ception but a sport that is enjoyed by all.
Needless to say, the anti-trapping bill was
shot down and has not been challenged
Last winter I was involved with a
youth air rifle group. Our president was a
A recent article in Outdoor Life food on the table. young lady and most of the participants in
caught my eye. It was a short piece about Recently, Pat introduced me to the group were female, including my two
how women are taking up shooting as an Wendy Finnerty of the Second daughters. Both of my children have no
activity for a bachelorette party. After I got Amendment Sisters, an organization of they are really into the discipline will interest in hunting animals. But they are
over the chuckle factor of the piece, I seri- women gun owners who are just as staunch expose the children to not only the hunt but interested in the handling of firearms and
ously thought about the implications of the a defender of the second amendment as also all of the activities that go with it such the idea of competitive shooting. To
ever-expanding use of firearms by women. any National Rifle Association group. as outdoor shows and seminars. nobody’s surprise, so are a lot of their
We have a cliché about getting chil- Women like Pat and Wendy will be the Years ago when the trappers in friends.
dren involved in hunting, fishing and trap- variables in our defense of second amend- Maryland were fighting to keep trapping As we continue to fight for our right
ping. “Take a kid hunting or fishing” or ment rights. Typically, when the average, viable, they had to give testimony in front to hunt, fish and trap, it is understandable
“It’s important because they are our non-gun-toting person perceives a gun of the Maryland state legislature. The that the next generation is our best hope.
future.” While I don’t discount the wisdom owner, it is a male. I find women shooters National Trappers Association solicited the However, I would like to add that women
in these clichés or the actions behind them, to be as dedicated as any man and in a lot help of Tera Roach, who at the time was a are just as important to the viability of our
I think the future in hunting, fish and trap- of instances are more meticulous and prac- teenage girl, along with another woman outdoor sports, and perhaps more than
ping is the involvement of women. The ticed than most male shooters, myself trapper to give their point of view. Anyone most people think.
number of women who own guns has included.
reached almost 30 million, and still count- A recent survey by Southwick
ing. Most purchase firearms for safety con- Associates has shown that women make an from Emmons, p. 1 of 1269.
cerns, but a lot are starting to shoot com- impact when it comes to hunting as well. “There must be something with
petitively along with hunting. For example, if a man takes a child hunt- Emmons entered the final in first this shooting range,” said Emmons, who
The Federation’s recording secretary, ing, the chances are about 30-40 percent place with 1171 points and a five-point won the title in 2004 and 2007 at the
Pat Blazer of Salem County, is a staunch that the child will stick with the activity. lead on Ukraine’s Artur Aivazian, who same range in Bangkok. “This match
defender of women shooters and firearms But if a woman takes a child hunting, the had 1166 points. Emmons secured the closed a long season and now I am
in general. For Pat it was a matter of grow- retention rate percentage jumps to over 60 gold easily after shooting a 98 in the going to take time off from shooting.
ing up in the culture and it didn’t matter in percent. Why? Well, a lot of the males do final and finishing with an overall score Katerina, my wife, is pregnant. I am
her household whether you were a male or not put the time in that is necessary to keep going to become a
female, you learned to handle a gun so that that child interested or may not have the Emmons in action. father!”
you could defend yourself and also put time. But a female will take the time and if Photo courtesy Emmons is
Massimiliano Naldoni, coming off a 2008
ISSF Olympic silver medal
win in the men’s
prone event and
Emmons is the
Air Rifle Olympic
gold medalist and
silver medalist for the
New Jersey’s nearly 1,000,000 advance environmental concerns by pro- Czech Republic.
anglers, hunters and trappers are celebrat- moting healthy habitats for wildlife.” He
ing an historic day. They are referring to added, “Sportsmen of New Jersey should
the creation and first official meeting of have an outlet in the Legislature so they
the New Jersey Angling and Hunting can explain their concerns in their own
Conservation Caucus (NJAHCC), a bipar- terms.” from Rendezvous, p. 1
tisan assembly of political leaders and Anthony P. Mauro, Sr., Chairman of
recreational outdoorsmen and outdoor- the NJOA, said, “It is truly a historic day. occurred, much to the enjoyment of
swomen dedicated to advancing the state’s The Caucus will provide opportunities for all present.
conservation interests. legislators, outdoorsmen and outdoor- It should be noted that the offi-
The NJAHCC was initiated and swomen to share information and to edu- cers and members of NJTA work
organized by Senator Stephen M. Sweeney cate and inspire each other about the chal- very hard to put on the annual
(Democratic Majority Leader) at the sug- lenges and possibilities of New Jersey’s Rendezvous along with the winter
gestion, and with the cooperation, of the forest, marine, fish and wildlife resources. fur sales, and they are to be com-
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (NJOA), an We applaud the insight and initiative of mended.
organization representing anglers, hunters, Senator Sweeney and the member legisla- The early winter fur auction
trappers, foresters and other conservation- tors.” will take place January 10-11, 2009,
minded groups. The Caucus is comprised It was noted during the meeting that again at the Space Farms Complex.
of a total of 26 senators and assemblyper- anglers, hunters and trappers are a vital The late winter sale will be March 2
sons. economic benefit for the state. Their pur- -22, 2009 at the same location.
Senator Sweeney, whose Third chase of outdoor-related equipment, Contact Jim DeStephano (contact
Legislative District includes Gloucester, licenses, tags, and incidentals such as gas, the editor of this paper for more
Cumberland, and Salem counties said, tolls, food, and lodging contribute $1 bil- information) for details.
“The Caucus will ensure maintenance of lion to New Jersey’s economy. These sales Next year’s Rendezvous will
the state’s critical natural resources, help directly support 16,000 jobs and generate be held on Sunday, October 4, 2009. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Space, enjoying the day
augment the economic boost provided by approximately $109,000,000 in state and Plan to attend. and the event. Jack Allen photo.
the hunting and fishing industries, and local taxes.
Official Federation apparel and merchandise are a perfect way
to show your affiliation or give a gift. Recommended items for
the coming winter months include the 3-Season Camo Hat,
Ladies Sportsmen Shirt, and Baseball Style Jacket... and
there’s plenty more to choose from!
Call A2ZSTITCHES at 877-800-0878 for more information,
or visit their website at www.a2zstitches.com (click on NJSFSC 3-Season Camo Hat (left) and Baseball-Style Jacket (right) are but two of the
Federation products that are available.
“Clothing Programs” on the left-hand blue menu, then select
Page 6 NEW JERSEY FEDERATED SPORTSMEN NEWS January 2009
Youth Pheasant Hunt At Colliers Mills
Continuing A Tradition
by Joe Matter and the Ocean County gang made another
success story. All told, out of 120 birds
While a lot of folks were counting stocked 45 were harvested. A total of 195
sheep in the pre dawn darkness of shots were fired and 61 boys and girls were
November 1st, alarm clocks were going all smiles at the end of the day.
off like crazy in a lot of other New Jersey After the hunt ended, everyone was
households. treated to a fine lunch of sausage, peppers
Why? Well, not to celebrate a Phillies and onions, hot dogs and hamburgers, and
World Series Championship; that’s already an assortment of beverages thanks to Big
been done. In this case, Saturday, Don Toenshoef, his lovely wife, and the
November the 1st was the Annual Youth volunteer crew from Central Jersey Rifle
Pheasant Hunt in N.J. While some were and Pistol Club. After lunch the successful
sleeping off a World Series Championship hunters were given instruction and assis-
celebration, many youngsters throughout tance as their harvested pheasants were
the state were awakening to visions of field-dressed and made ready to take
cock pheasants flushing, while pointing home, to be served up as first-class,
dogs and flushers performed in regal style. healthy table fare.
Anxious to take to the field, these kids A special guest and staunch support-
donned new brush pants, boots, vests, er of New Jersey’s outdoorsmen and
hunting jackets, and hats, then cased their women, Assemblyman Ron Dancer want-
favorite shotgun and loaded up into the ed to join everyone but due to a family
truck. medical emergency was unable to attend.
The scene at the Colliers Mills Ron was with all of us in spirit, however,
Wildlife Management Area was unforget- as he always is, and expects to be with us
table, as vehicle after vehicle arrived next year.
bright and early. Some were carrying Events like this don’t just happen;
youngsters, and others were loaded with they come only as a result of a lot of hard
gun dogs and handlers ready for the events Young Eric Herner was but one of the many successful participants in this outstanding work and effort from a passionate and
of the day. event. Billy Cooper photo. committed group of volunteers. These men
The Youth Pheasant Hunt has and women who give so generously to
become a tradition, as each year the NJ make days like this a success for so many
Division of Fish and Wildlife and the and were issued proper ammunition for behind the fine yellow lab Lobo, harvested do so in the rich traditions of NJ’s out-
Ocean County Chapter of the Federation their firearms. Looking across the group, it a beautiful cock bird. Kevin Monaghan of doorsmen and women.
of Sportsmen’s Club’s team up and put on seemed that the mass of brilliant fluores- Lakehurst (along with Rusty, another great Special thanks to Mike Haines, Brian
a first-class event for these young hunters cent orange bid fair to give the new day’s yellow lab, and his handler Ed Seaman) and Bill of the Division’s Land
who join the ranks of thousands and con- sunrise a run for its money. teamed up and put a rooster in his bag. Management Bureau for all they do, to Big
tinue our sporting legacy. Next, the bird dogs – eagerly search- Eleven-year-old Patricia Murphy of Don and his crew and Billy Cooper for
As the group assembled, breakfast ing the morning air for scent – were cast by Barnegat took a nice pheasant, and Sarah coordinating everything and putting it all
was being served: hot coffee, hot choco- their handlers with a group of boys and Loflander of West Creek did well also. together. And also thanks to the dog han-
late, and tea along with a full array of girls following behind. One could clearly Then there was Eric Hemer of Howell, car- dlers and their dogs, for their excellent per-
donuts in every flavor imaginable were see the excitement in these kids’ faces. rying his favorite 16-gauge Remington formances in the field. Lobo, Rusty, Jake,
provided by WaWa, clearly demonstrating Group after group moved out to their 1100 autoloader. Eric teamed with Ashley, Ashley, Patches and Abby put a smile on a
their support for NJ outdoorsmen and assigned hunting areas, for a total of 61 one fantastic brush-busting Brittany, and lot of faces, and the NJ Division of Fish
women. (Many thanks to the fine folks at young hunters accompanied by parents handler Lenny Bocock; he was able to and Wildlife and the NJ State Federation of
WaWa for all their generosity!) While and 28 gun dogs and handlers beginning drop a big cock bird following an exciting Sportsmen’s Clubs are to be commended
everyone enjoyed the breakfast hospitality, their fair-chase hunt through the flush. for making days like this, and the memo-
Ocean County Federation Chapter hedgerows and fields. Harvesting two fine roosters each ries these kids will cherish for a lifetime,
President Billy Cooper conducted a safety The fields had been freshly stocked were successful hunters Patricia Bevan of possible. Thanks to all for a job well done.
briefing and outlined to everyone how the by the Division, providing 120 ringneck Freehold and Jake Henderson of Browns The 2008 Youth Pheasant Hunt
events of the day would proceed. Billy, pheasants offering an opportunity for each Mills. Together with handler Rick Moore couldn’t have been better, with kids from
who also serves as the project coordinator, young hunter to experience first-hand the and his two outstanding German wirehair as far north as Bloomingdale and as far
delivered a thorough discussion on safety thrill of the fair-chase hunt, the work of the griffons Patches and Abby, along with Jeff south as Hammonton and Sicklerville and
to a most attentive audience, yet kept dogs, and the excitement of the cackling, Millerschoer and his first-class German Sicklerville coupled with a top-notch
things light enough to make the experience skyward-bound flush of a cock bird. shorthair pointer Jake, these kids scored experienced staff and a field of well-
fun. It was impossible to observe each big and filled their bag limit for the day. trained gun dogs and handlers on a beauti-
After this, all 61 youthful participants participant in action, but to highlight a With emphasis on safety, excitement ful day in Colliers Mills. We hope to see
were assigned to a gun dog and a handler, few… Alex Kloo of Manasquan, hunting filled the day and as always Billy Cooper you all next year.
from NJBF Youth, p. 1 Gluszek, whose career had a similar start,
autographed a copy of the 35th
anglers were Jeff Voss in first place, Anniversary Special Edition of The 2008
Jimmy Elton in second, and Frank Reel to Reel for each of the junior anglers.
Appaluccio in third. The Big Bass lunker The NJBF received a Youth
award went to Elton, who caught a 4.01- Merchandise Package from TBF, Inc. con-
pound largemouth bass. taining an assortment of fishing products
The first, second and third place to be used at youth events. The NJBF
anglers in each age group received a tro- received this package from submitting the
phy, rod, tackle box, Air National Guard 2008 youth rosters to the TBF on time. The
basketball, fishing cap autographed by NJBF was also able to obtain an assort-
numerous professional bass anglers, an ment of merchandise from some FLW
autographed photograph of pro angler and sponsors.
TV fishing show host Hank Parker, and First and foremost, the NJBF wishes
more. The first-place winners also to recognize and thank the Garrison
received a pair of Solar Bat sunglasses and Commander at Picatinny Arsenal,
a pro tournament shirt donated by Mars Lieutenant Colonel John P. Stack, who
Snackfoods. approved the Federation’s request to hold
NJBF President Tony Going and the the junior state championship tournament
other Board members donated an assort- on Lake Denmark. Chris Kunkel, a civilian
ment of fishing tackle, including Plano who is employed at Picatinny, is also
boxes filled with plastic baits. In addition, thanked for all the work he did in process-
NJBF Vice President Mike Hart donated ing the paperwork through the various
bags of Senko lures. The NJBF also pro- departments, for making sure we had
vided T-shirts designed specifically for this access to the site, and for coming by on
championship event. tournament day. Our appreciation is
Megastrike, Inc. of Jackson, New extended to Lieutenant Colonel John M.
Jersey donated an assortment of lures, fish Thane and Captain Don Kennedy, who
attractant and other products. Professional took time out of their busy schedules to
NJ bass angler Mike Iaconelli, who started stop by at the event. Dan Murphy, a civil-
his journey towards the top of the pro bass ian who is employed at Picatinny and a Pro bass angler Pete Gluszek (left) poses
the event. The support and assistance
fishing world by fishing the New Jersey member of the New Jersey Bass afforded to the NJBF by both the military with Jeff Voss, one of the winners in the
Bass Federation tournament circuit, gener- Federation, provided the Federation with and civilian personnel at Picatinny Arsenal NJBF Youth Championship tournament.
ously donated autographed photographs. the initial contact information for was outstanding. Photo courtesy NJBF.
FLW Tour Professional angler Pete Picatinny and provided additional help at Cont. next page
January 2009 NEW JERSEY FEDERATED SPORTSMEN NEWS Page 7
then allow themselves to be covered.
However they cover themselves, it makes
Wintertime Grousing for a heart-stopping rush of adrenaline
when a “pat” explodes out of snow cover
that offered absolutely no hint the bird was
When snow flies, grouse can also be
found roosting in conifers, but rarely will
by Robert Brunisholz they be seen due to their penchant of sit-
ting snuggled up to the trunk of the tree.
There is a sure way in which I will Most of the time upland gunners are busy
know for certain that I’ve grown old. looking ahead for tracks or some other tell-
When that time comes, I will no longer tale evidence of ol’ ruff, when a sudden
become excited, nervous and jerky when mini-explosion from above signals ol’ ruff
the grouse woods are snow covered. has once again fooled you.
The white-clad hardwoods, swamp There is, however, an effective
edges, and hedgerows offer perfect condi- method to hunt pats under such conditions,
tions for hunting grouse. Your footfall is but it will take a pair of hunters.
silent for the most part, and ol’ ruff holds Drive them. Yep, that’s correct.
tight… and if that doesn’t set my juices Drive, as in deer drive. By standing a gun-
flowing, then I will know I’ve truly grown ner at one end of a plot of pines, and the
old. other slowly and carefully weaving
I will have grown old when through the grove, grouse will nearly
approaching a blowdown no longer sets always fly straight away from the walking
my heart to thumping as I approach a like- gunner. When a grouse does blast off, the
ly-looking spot, and wait. I wait statue-still walker should shout, “grouse,” to his
because I’ve spent the better part of my buddy, and even that method isn’t fool-
young life, as well as all of my adult life, proof. Just be certain to stay in verbal con-
chasing the elusive grouse, and I know tact with your shooting buddy and discuss
from experience that if there’s a grouse in safe shooting lanes prior to any “drive.”
there, it will grow nervous and betray Nor should that old orchard be dis-
itself. counted, despite the snow. As often as not,
But nothing. Nothing moves. There is ancient orchards are usually found tucked
no rustle of leaves or movement of snow. away alongside fields or hardwoods.
Nothing. No grouse here, you say to your- Apples or pears that feed grouse are now
self, and prepare to move on and just about tart and have long ago fallen to the ground,
the time you take that first step, this aristo- shriveled. These areas are a grouse magnet
crat of the hardwoods will try to fly up the when forage is sparse.
right leg of your brush pants. Finally, remember that the pat will
Magnificent birds these grouse, but gravitate towards cover that offers both
alas, there remains in New Jersey hardly warmth as well as a decent food supply
any huntable numbers of grouse. When the like fox grapes, buds, and berries. Check
grouse was supposedly in a downward out the sunny side of hills and edges as
population cycle some three or four well as snow-covered swamps that offer
decades ago, it seemingly never recovered. grouse insulation and an ample supply of
You just don’t find them in numbers that Few sporting experiences can quite match that of hunting for Ol’ Ruff in a winter land- food.
are reminiscent of “the old days.” scape. Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Game Commission. The December-January grouse is an
I have my own theories as to why our entirely different bird than the grouse of
grouse population never rebounded, and I per. slowly starve or, at the least, become October and will hold much tighter. Try
blame it on a loss of habitat. There are The other option, of course, is to pur- weakened and thus easy prey. To grouse, any or all of these techniques when hunt-
other theories, of course, but theories are chase a non-resident license in however, winter conditions are a mere – ing grouse in the snow.
like noses: everyone has one. Still, the Pennsylvania where huntable numbers of albeit temporary – annoyance. But remember that the odds are
grouse is a proud bird that has no truck grouse remain to the extent that one can With winter also comes some subtle always with the grouse, and that’s as it
with buildings, houses, lawns or any of the often find five, six, or perhaps even seven changes in the way grouse forage and should be.
trappings of man. And attempts to raise or eight flushes for a half-day afield. behave, thus upland hunters must also
them in captivity have met with extremely Regardless of where one finds their adapt. Grouse often bury themselves in
limited success. So limited, that those who grouse hunting, winter translates into the heavy snow, especially when food is near- FISHING FLEA MARKET
try usually give up, saying the end result of occasional soft snow day afield. Such days by. Under these conditions, stealth and HOSTED BY
a mere few birds just isn’t worth the effort. are the reason avid grouse hunters live. patience is a prerequisite to success. When MERCER COUNTY ANGLERS
There are nevertheless pockets of Scientists tell us that there are about approaching likely grouse cover, stop and and
huntable grouse numbers here in the 11 separate subspecies of ruffed grouse, or remain still. Very still. Then wait. When
Garden State, but finding those so-called Bonasa umbellus, otherwise known as the you’re finished waiting, wait a little HIGHTSTOWN FIRE COMPANY
pockets is up to the individual uplander. If Monarch of the Hardwoods and one of our longer. If there’s a grouse there, it will Saturday, February 28, 2009
these areas are ever spoken of, their loca- country’s natural citizens. When the woods become nervous and eventually blast off.
tions are never revealed in public, but have thinned and snow covers skeletal There are tales of grouse actually div-
9 AM - 2 PM
mostly between old hunting partners seat- branches, some subtle changes in methods ing into snow banks to outwait a snow- Hightstown Fire House
ed in the rear of some diner, and even then, are mandated when it comes to bagging storm, but there is little real evidence of 148 North Main Street
the speaker of the words will surreptitious- this magnificent bird. this. Biologists say it is most likely that Hightstown, NJ
ly look around to check if anyone is eaves- Most would think that when berries grouse merely choose a spot with good
dropping before speaking in barely a whis- and buds are sheathed in ice, grouse would cover that is conveniently near food, and Over 100 tables of New, Used, Collectible and
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The NJBF also wishes to thank all the The NJBF congratulates the 2008 Booyah spinnerbait on the way to his first Seniors, $2
individual and corporate sponsors who NJBF Junior State Champions: Jeff Voss in spot “to make sure that there was no reac- Door Prizes and Refreshments
contributed to this event. Their generous the 15-18 age group and Richard tion bite on.”
support of the NJBF Youth Program is a Pennacchio in the 11 - 14 age group. When he reached his spot, he used For table rental and costs, call Bill
key factor in making events such as this Pennacchio told us something about Angler Select Krawlers and Senkos, “both Wilmer (609-439-8180).
one possible for today’s youth. himself and the day’s fishing. He became a of which had different sink rates.” He
We also wish to thank all the boat member of the youth chapter Next would throw the lure “into the weeds, let it For all other information, please visit
captains: Jim Bartolotto, Bob Gilbert, Guy Generation, after he learned about the club sink in a hole, and dead-stick it on the bot- www.mcaafishing.com
Giordano, Mike Hart, Doug Peabody, Eric at a casting event held at an outdoorsman tom.” He would then “pull slowly through
Perrson, Bob Orchard and Rich show. the weeds and let it fall into another hole
Schneidereit. Without people like you,
these events would not be possible. You
“Fishing is my favorite thing to do. I
have been fishing since I was two years
and dead-stick again.” He said he “fished
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today’s youth by having spent seven hours a great season this past year in his club and He had caught a limit by 11 am and
on your own boat and resisting the strong had “no trouble getting up early” for the started culling. Jeff said “I am just grateful
temptation to pick up a rod and start fish- state championship because he “was so for being able to do what I do. Fish with Call Ad Salesman Tony Wonsala
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who spent the entire day taking photo- Senko at the start of the tournament. He These two junior anglers are now
graphs both on and off the water. Thanks to fished the weed line and caught his three headed to the Allegheny River in
Jeff Stewart for the use of his boat as the keepers “by letting the Senko sit.” He went Pittsburgh, PA to represent the New Jersey
camera boat, and to Joe Appaluccio for on to say that “his last bass, which was the Bass Federation at the 2009 National
having his boat available in case of an lunker in my age group, took the Senko Guard Junior World Championship tourna-
Finally, thanks to the many people
and jumped into the boat when I was reel-
ing it in.” Richard also said that he had fun
ment. They will be competing against jun-
ior anglers in their age group from about Please Patronize
that volunteered and helped out at the with his boat captain and his fishing part- 39 other TBF State Federations. The tour-
event with set-up, clean-up, cooking on the
grill, launching boats, parking boat trailers,
ner Rob. Winning in his age group made
him “feel good” and made his “Mom and
nament will be held during the same week
as the $2 Million Forrest Wood Cup. We
emptying trash cans, and so much more. Dad cry.” wish them both good luck and good fishing
We could not have done it without you. Jeff Voss said that since he knew “the at the World Championship.
Because of all of you, the 2008 NJBF cold front was still hanging around” he
Page 8 NEW JERSEY FEDERATED SPORTSMEN NEWS January 2009
Opinion: Some Items To
Think About For 2009
by Milt Rosko combined weight score, which is ludi-
crous. The same is true with some anglers
I’ve long believed it important to be actually killing three breeding females
with our Jersey tag system. Is it necessary
For January, Think Boats And Stripers
positive and look forward to the future.
Towards that end I was delighted with the for an angler to keep three giant stripers?
great support of the opinion article I con- The last two spring runs and the huge num-
tributed that outlined a seven-point plan bers of big stripers killed is a testament of
relating to summer flounder and the regu- what not to do. I wouldn’t fish in the may-
lations that govern this fishery (see hem the boats caused, nor from the jetties
November, 2008 issue – ed.). I have since where mobs really went crazy.
included an eighth provision, as a result of In every single instance that I can
your input, to prohibit providing exemp- recall, the best available science that the
tions for tournaments, which enables their scientists provide is years late in arrival
participants to fish for summer flounder and often questionable, especially as
while the season is closed for recreational regards the quantity of fish caught. In my
anglers, which is discriminatory. fluke proposal I include mandatory elec-
It’s important that we identify those tronic (cell phone or computer) reporting
areas of concern that could adversely of catches by charter and party boatmen
impact our recreational fisheries, enabling for their clientele, and individual reporting
the fishing community to attempt to insti- by others. Much the same could be done
tute corrective measures before serious with striped bass, and regulations could be
problems develop. One area that immedi- adjusted accordingly. As I’ve also pro-
ately comes to mind is our coastal striped posed, funds for implementation of such a
bass fishery. Over the span of more than 60 plan could be made available via a New
years since I caught my first striped bass, I Jersey Recreational Saltwater Fishing
have observed drastic changes in the fish- License, with all proceeds dedicated and
ery. One might say from feast to famine, not in the general fund. My ears are
with famine again approaching (caused in already ringing and I can see the barbs
part by Mother Nature), but also by com- coming from those who want to wait three
mercial exploitation and by recreational more years to see what happens now that No need to stop for the winter just yet, especially if the weather cooperates... bundle up
and tournament anglers as well. the Federal Anglers Registry’s provisions and give it a go. Jim Freda photo.
In recent years the fishery showed are coming into play.
remarkable recovery, but of late a pattern What may be most disturbing is that January is an interesting month, as Somerset Fly Fishing Show, Garden State
has developed that I first observed many while many individuals and groups sin- fishing opportunities for striped bass may Exhibit Center, Somerset.
years ago, when recreational anglers began cerely address these problems, there isn’t present themselves if water temperatures That final show of the month is
to take the fishery for granted. I still vivid- really a concerted effort to bring everyone remain in the 45- to 42-degree range. At always a big show for the saltwater fly
ly recall photos of charter boats returning together to spearhead any particular effort. this water temperature small striped bass fisher. This is the largest and best saltwater
to dock and putting a dozen or more huge Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could call a will still be present, along with bait in the and freshwater fly fishing show in the
breeding female stripers on the photo rack, summit of all the various groups who have form of sea herring and sand eels. northeast during the winter show season.
day after day. This didn’t happen just in an interest in recreational fishing in New The locations to find striped bass this “Fly fishing isn’t part of the show; it is the
New Jersey, but along the entire coast from Jersey? At the conclusion of a summit, one month are almost entirely boat locations. show,” says show director Chuck
the Chesapeake Bay north to New voice could speak objectively regarding a In my guiding area our top location is Furimsky.
England. This happened as the bass moved specific issue, be it summer flounder regu- between the Ambrose and Sandy Hook This show is jam-packed with over
north in spring and south during the fall. lations, striped bass regulations, licensing, Channels at the mouth of Sandy Hook Bay 250 exhibitors that will have everything
Suddenly, there were no more stripers. compulsory reporting of catches, and myr- where it meets the ocean. Here we find for your fly-fishing needs. And if you need
It required years and a moratorium iad other topics. plenty of striped bass that are staging to instruction there are plenty of pros that will
for this popular game fish to make a recov- There are many organizations that run into Raritan Bay and then up the be giving detailed casting lessons and
ery. But herein is a development that caus- might participate: Recreational Fishing Hudson for the winter. I have had days demonstrations throughout the day. There
es me much concern. Everywhere I look Alliance, New Jersey Federation of when the striped bass are stacked up under will also be many of the industry’s most
along the coast the carnage of big, breed- Sportsmen’s Clubs, Save the Summer the boat, and just about every drop of a jig talented fly tiers at the show, where you
ing female stripers continues unabated. Flounder Fishery Fund, Hudson River produced a fish. can sit and tie with them or just watch.
Read the columns: everybody’s Fisherman’s Association, Bergen County The surf, on the other hand, is nor- Another highlight of the show will be the
catching limits as the breeders migrate. At Saltwater Anglers Association, United mally void of any consistent action during many instructional seminars that will be
the current rate of exploitation, the end is Boatmen, Fishermen’s Conservation the day but can produce well around the presented throughout the three-day period.
again drawing near. Tournaments and Association, Stripers Forever, New Jersey mouths of inlets during the nighttime Check out www.flyfishingshow-
some recreational anglers with the catch- Outdoor Alliance, Jersey Coast Anglers hours. Casting in the surf during daylight .com/Somerset__NJ.html for more info.
and-kill-the-limit culture are beginning to Association, and more. (I apologize if I’ve hours may only produce a striped bass here Finally, I want to give you a heads-up
dominate the fishery. The regulations don’t forgotten an important group.) There’s also and there. For some reason these small on our big event next month so you can get
help because the size limits have the Coastal Conservation Association, striped bass seem to move more closely in on the early registration. We here at
increased; to keep a legal striper you have which has representation in every state on inshore and become active at night. Shore Catch Guide Service will again be
to kill a breeding female. all three coasts of the United States, except The offshore wreck fishing for jumbo presenting our “Ultimate Saltwater Fishing
Personally, for many years I’ve felt a New Jersey. sea bass and blackfish will also be good Workshop” Saturday, February 28 at 507
one-fish-per-day limit would be more than My most recent fluke plan has been this month on the days that the weather Main Restaurant in Belmar. This is a full
adequate, permitting a smaller fish to be criticized by some. But much can be done, cooperates and the big party boats can day of seminars and hands-on workshops
kept for the table. I’ve often thought that a like using cell phones and modern day make it out to these grounds. Dress warm- along with some industry vendors display-
regulation permitting but a single trophy- computer technology, instead of using out- ly and you should be okay, as many of ing some of the finest tackle and gear. Bob
size fish per year per angler might go a moded techniques that require us to wait a these boats have heated handrails and all Popovics will be our special guest and will
long way to stop the carnage. In Texas couple of years before date – sometimes have heated cabins. work with you one-on-one for tying any
you’re allowed a single trophy redfish per questionable – is made available. This If it is just too cold for you to venture saltwater flies or to do any saltwater knots
year, which must be tagged as soon as it’s year is one in which a fantastic opportuni- outside, or you are satisfied with calling it or rigging. This workshop is limited to 100
caught. Perhaps that’s what should be done ty presents itself, as the state’s chief exec- a season, then this is the month to hit the participants and was completely full last
with our stripers along the length of the utive and both houses of the legislature sportsmen’s shows. Plenty of saltwater year. The day also includes an ongoing all-
coast… every deer shot in New Jersey come up for election. A strong summit of fishing information, seminars, and enter- you-can-eat lunch buffet and plenty of
must be tagged, so why not every trophy sporting and conservation organizations, tainment can be found at these following door prizes. Register early by Paypal, $75
striper? providing a single voice, could make much shows: January 8-11, Garden State per person on line at http://shorecatch.-
I believe that the practice of targeting possible to ensure viable recreational fish- Outdoor Sportsmen’s Show, Raritan Expo com/workshop.xhtml to ensure a seat for
big breeding females as they migrate each ing in years to come and demand that Center, Edison; January 10, Saltwater yourself.
spring and fall and needlessly killing them elected officials respond to the needs of the Sportsman 2009 National Seminar Series, Capt. Jim Freda is co-owner and
is not recreational fishing. In fact, some electorate, something they are often prone Trump Hotel and Marina, Atlantic City; operator of Shore Catch Guide Service,
tournaments determine the winners by not to do in New Jersey. January 15-18, Reading Sport, Travel & Manasquan, NJ. For further information
weighing the two largest stripers for a Outdoor Show, Greater Reading Expo check out www.shorecatch.com, call 732-
Center, Reading, PA; January 15-18, 762-0870, or email jimfreda@opton-
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The Beagle Chronicles:
The Rain Game My brother
by Cathy Blumig David and
My husband Len hadn’t missed the launched our first run of the day. Jake, April
small game opener since 1959, but he had “Finally,” I said breathing a sigh of and Penny
to sit it out this year because he’d torn the relief, and cocking my ear to get a bead on (left to right)
meniscus in his left knee and needed sur- where I thought the run might go. at the finish
gery. This meant I’d be taking on the open- Our little beagle troop plowed down of a satisfy-
ing day by myself unless I could get some- the hedgerow, across a dirt road, and into a ing day of
one to go with me. I’ve done my share of swamp. They worked steadily, occasional- rabbit hunt-
solo beagling before, and to my amaze- ly missing a few checks, but picked the
ment things have gone pretty smoothly. line back up in short order. They were ing. The
But I’d be lying if I’d told you the possibil- doing great and I decided to set up in a 2008 small
ity of confronting some type of emergency field of small evergreen seedlings which game opener
in the field with a pack of beagles, even allowed me to shoot over the small trees was a wet
when they’ve worn remote trainer or e-col- and into a fallow field if that was where the one, and our
lars, hadn’t put an extra knot in my stom- rabbit would pass. shooting
ach. Having someone else along has I was either good, lucky, or both wasn’t the
always loosened the knot a few twists, if because to my delight I spied the rabbit as
for no other reason that it provided moral it emerged from the swamp and made its best, but at
support. But with whom would I be able to way towards the fallow field. The rabbit day’s end the
share all that opening-day beagle fun? I accelerated when it reached the field’s pleasures of
began to go through my mental list of pos- edge and ran flat-out like a grey hound. I being out-
sible victims, and then it came to me: my usually don’t bother to shoot at rabbits run- doors is
brother David. ning that fast, but on a lark I shouldered what made
The last time my brother went rabbit my shotgun, slipped the safety forward and the day pic-
hunting with me, the day featured a cross- fired a shot. To my surprise the rabbit tum-
country, beagle-chasing marathon that bled, further proof that blind squirrels do ture perfect.
stretched across 3½ hours and over two find acorns once in a while. Cathy
miles across Salem County when the little The hounds brought up the line, and Blumig
Satans decided it would be fun to run David and I praised them for a job well photo.
something besides rabbits. These were the done.
days before we used e-collars, and it was “Let’s see if we can start another one
that very hunt which sent me to the Tri- before it starts to rain,” I said. The sky had
Tronics web site almost as soon as I got turned a darker shade of gray, and rain
home. That day has remained one of the appeared imminent, but it seemed we
most harrowing rabbit excursions in my might be able to fit in one more run before
beagling life, and one I’ve sworn I would the clouds would burst.
never repeat. I wondered if the experience, Once again they had trouble finding when the pack followed the rabbit to an pack down, we’d need to end the run by
even as the hounds now wore e-collars, rabbits. For 45 minutes, we kicked brush immense and seemingly impenetrable pile putting this rabbit in our bag.
had scarred my brother from ever wanting piles, shook downed trees, and swept of deceased landscape trees and brush. You might think that after my
to go rabbit hunting over beagles again. thickets with our feet, but yielded nothing. Ordinarily I would have been bummed that Olympic-grade shooting which started the
It hadn’t. Then just as I was about to suggest that we the rabbit had run into such a pile since it’s day that I was on a roll, and to bag this rab-
The day was overcast and the weath- call it a day, a rabbit sprung from a nonde- usually too difficult for the hounds to make bit should have been no problem. But that
er called for rain, heavy at times. “We may script clump of brush. any headway to bring the rabbit out. But as has almost never happened with me. In
only be out for a little bit,” I said to my “Tally-ho! Tally-ho!” I cried. The the rain began to soak through my coat and fact, I’ve usually shot worse after starting
brother. pack zoomed over and confirmed the brush pants, the pile didn’t seem like such off well, which, if there’s any silver lining
The hounds didn’t care. Jake, April mark. Their howls boomed and off they a bad omen. If they couldn’t do anything, to that fact, is that at least I have raised
and Penny convulsed with excitement and went, and that’s when the raindrops began we’d be forced to pick them up and head countless dollars for the Pittman-
bounced all around the cab as we drove to fall. Hard. for drier climes. Robertson Fund.
down our driveway. At Greg’s we cast the “That figures,” I said. “Well, maybe “If they don’t do anything in ten min- During the next 30 minutes the rabbit
hounds into a hedgerow where it should they’ll have trouble holding the line in the utes, we should gather them up.” David ran past us twice, and David and I each
have been a slam dunk to kick up a rabbit. rain.” agreed. shot at it three times and missed. We were
But as the pack weaved in and out of the They didn’t. At nine minutes and thirty seconds, lucky our lives didn’t depend on this rabbit
brush, nothing happened at first. Then 25 April, Penny and Jake pounded the April sounded the alarm that the rabbit had for our next meal.
minutes on I jumped one. I tally-hoed the line, while the rain pounded David and me. made its way out of the pile and into the Finally, after having run the same
pack and they hungrily took up the line and I thought we might be given a reprieve field. The others chimed in and on they rabbit for 1½ hours in a steady rain, the
charged. pack finally lost the line. Even these never-
The rain fell harder and I looked at say-die beagles seemed a little relieved
my brother. when we leashed them up for the trip
“Builds character,” I said. He smiled home.
2009 Native Fish Art and replied, “I’m just happy to be out
For hounds that hadn’t been run prior
David and I were soaked to the bone,
but it had been a good day. The feeling of
contentment and satisfaction we derived
and Writing Contest to the opener as frequently as they should
have been, they handled the conditions like
seasoned pros. An hour after I had first
from hunting in the driving rain and hear-
ing the musical chords of the hounds
caressed our souls like a psalm. It’s been
tally-hoed them, they drove the line said that a bad day of hunting is better than
through the rain as if they had started it a good day at work, and that seemed true
Students in grades 4-8 can learn only five minutes before. It became clear enough for the 2008 small game opener
about New Jersey’s native fish by partici- they had no intention of giving it up, and if even as we played the rain game, and per-
pating in the NJDEP Division of Fish and we wanted to get ourselves out of the rain haps even because of it.
Wildlife’s 2009 Native Fish Art and without the struggle of having to run the
Participants must research and write
a short story about a year in the life of any
native New Jersey fish (fresh or saltwater)
that they choose. The story must include
biological and ecological information such
as the fish’s habits and habitat, food, etc.
Then, using their artistic skills, students
must draw a scene from the short story. Budding artists and scribes are encour-
Participation can meet NJ Core aged to submit their entries for the 2009
Content Curriculum Standards Science
5.5: Grade 4 - A.1, C.1; Grade 6 - C.1; contest. Shown above is the 2008 winning
Science 5.10: Grade 6 - A.1. entry. Image courtesy NJ Division of Fish
First- and second-place winners from and Wildlife
each grade level from 4-8 will receive a
fishing rod and reel and a certificate. First March 9, 2009. Creative writing and origi-
place winners will also receive a youth nality are strongly encouraged. Entries
membership in Trout Unlimited. All win- must include the entrant’s name, home
ners will be invited to attend a special address, home telephone number, grade
luncheon and awards ceremony at the and school name. All entries become the
Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural property of the Division of Fish and
Resource Education Center on the Wildlife and will not be returned. Submit
Opening Day of Trout Season, Saturday, to: Native Fish Art and Writing Contest,
April 11, 2009. NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, 605
Prior to the luncheon, students will Pequest Rd., Oxford, NJ 07863.
also have the opportunity to fish in the The contest is sponsored by NJ State
Pequest Fishing Education Pond. Council of Trout Unlimited. For more
Entries for the Fish Art and Writing information, see www.njfishandwild-
contest must be received by Monday, life.com/fishart.htm.
Page 10 NEW JERSEY FEDERATED SPORTSMEN NEWS January 2009
Ten New Years’ Resolutions
That Will Put More Bass In Your Boat
by Pete Robbins you can also go to the other extreme when ting, the tools are avail-
pursuing pressured fish, especially if able, and you’ll be
The New Year is here and, like most you’re after numbers instead of lunkers. competing for a rela-
Americans, you’re probably being pres- Small plastics can be deadly and they can tively unpressured
sured into making a set of resolutions for be fished in a bunch of ways, some of them group of fish.
2009. The problem with most such prom- relatively new. If you’re not fishing a
ises is that they require you to give some- shakey head, a dropshot rig or a wacky jig- Become a Tech Wiz
thing up. Typical resolutions like losing head yet, incorporate one of these tech-
weight presume that you will make some niques into your arsenal for 2009. You’ll If all you do when
sort of sacrifice and give something up, catch a lot more fish and there will proba- you get in the boat is turn
like fried foods and dessert. bly be some big ones mixed in. your electronics on in the
But fishermen are in a position to “auto” mode, you’re missing
make resolutions that can show immediate Start Early, Stay Late out on their full capabilities.
positive results and thereby increase Spend an hour by the fire this winter
enjoyment. Face it, fishing is made a lot The old adage that “there’s no substi- reading the manual (you kept it, didn’t
more fun if you’re catching fish, not just tute for time on the water” may seem trite, you?) and then experiment with various New, Old Water
hauling water, so here are ten resolutions but it’s true. Especially when fishing is sensitivity, depth-range, and gray-line set-
that are likely to increase your catch. tough or conditions tings once you get out on the water. Then On every trip to your home lake, the
are less than spend time over structure you know well one you know best, resolve to fish a new
Learn to Flip optimal, it’s and you’ll likely learn things you area or a new technique. If you fish the
easy to stay in didn’t previously know. same way in the same places every time
Whether you live on a highly pres- bed another out, you’ll never improve and the rote rep-
sured stingy pond or a trophy factory, it’s a hour or put the Go Lighter etition will prevent you from recognizing
fact that the biggest fish tend to live in the boat on the and adapting to emerging conditions. It’s
heaviest, nastiest cover they can find. A trailer earlier While it’s nice to have tackle fun to find a new place and even more fun
flipping stick is the best way to tempt them than planned. for every situation with you in the to catch a big fish off of one. Not every trip
and the most efficient way to get them out. Instead, make boat, the fact is that you probably out will be a success, but if you find some-
You may think you know how to flip, but sure you’re out won’t use 90 percent of it in the coming thing good once in five or ten trips, that’s
you can always get better. Practice until there at first year. Take out anything you haven’t used still a new stop in the rotation.
you can put your bait in a coffee cup (with light, when fish in the past year and store it in your garage,
water in it) at 20 to 30 feet without making tend to be less wary, and stay out later than supplementing your staples on a trip-by- Quality Control
a ripple. normal. If you can find one extra spot, or trip basis. Your boat will be lighter and
catch one more fish, on each trip, it’ll be more fuel-efficient, you’ll stay more There’s no excuse for hitting the
Try a New Finesse Technique worth it. organized, and you’ll waste a lot less time water with your equipment in anything
searching for tackle or changing lures. other than top-notch shape. Every hook in
While flipping is great for big fish, Go Deep your boat should be razor-sharp. If they’re
New Water rusty beyond repair, throw them away. Do
Most of us are bank-beaters who like all of your crankbaits run true? If not, take
to fish visible cover. Make a concerted Plan to hit one new lake or river in some time and tune them in a swimming
Put This Space effort to fish outside of your comfort zone 2009. It can be the pond down the street or pool. Are all of your reels lubricated?
this year. If 10 feet is normally your maxi- a reservoir hours away from home. New Change line frequently and buy the good
To Work For You! mum depth, focus on the 10 to 20 foot water can be frustrating, but it can also stuff. If you get a jump-start on weeding
zone. If 20 feet is your outer limit, then open your eyes to new ways to fish your out the sub-par gear during the off-season,
Call Ad Manager Oliver Shapiro push it to 30. With improved technology home lake. And the challenge of unlocking it’ll make your tackle easier to maintain
at 973-533-1260 and techniques like football-head jigs, a new puzzle will keep the wheels in your during the busy months and you won’t
deeper-diving crankbaits, and dropshot- mind spinning. have to blame dull hooks, old line, or mal-
functioning reels for “the one that got
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January 2009 NEW JERSEY FEDERATED SPORTSMEN NEWS Page 11
Species of Native Plants and Animals
by Ed Cuneo Is hunting a viable alternative? Yes
and no. First, most hunters do not under-
The image of the lowly pig who does stand the behavior of feral hogs and cause
nothing but lay in mud and makes grunting disruption that does more harm than good.
noises is the stuff that is burned in the con- However, pork from a feral hog is just as
science of the public. Or maybe we imag- good as domesticated pork, and probably
ine Wilbur, from Charlotte’s Web, whose better since it is very lean. Pennsylvania is
naiveté and innocence seem charming. allowing its hunters to shoot feral hogs on
While the domestication of the hog sight anywhere in the Commonwealth. My
has provided man with a great food source, recommendation would be a balanced plan
many people know and understand little that would include training of hunters
about the culture of a hog. The physiology interested in thinning the herd, along with
of the hog is such that it is a very efficient some trapping by wildlife control special-
eating machine that does not have a dis- ists. A program in the West that uses what
cerning diet. So while this may make it a is known as a “Judas” hog, which leads
farmer’s dream (you can feed it anything other members of the herd into shooting or
and it will grow), in its native state this trapping range, has had some success.
makes for a very troublesome link in the Feral hogs are on the rise in New
ecosystem. Jersey but are currently at levels that make
“Feral hogs” is the term we give to them manageable if done right. However,
pigs that have been domesticated at one we should be diligent in our control of
point and then let go for whatever circum- these animals because of the amount of
stance. These circumstances include damage they can do to an area in a short
importation of various breeds that were amount of time.
used for hunting on preserves, to the This season, NJ hunters have the chance to help control an increasing population of feral
farmer who was careless and did not fence pig, in Deer Management Zone 25. Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Game Commission.
his stock in very well, thereby leading to
the hogs’ freedom. Once in the wild, the
hogs are prolific breeders (another plus, on POACHING
the domestic side, for breeders for food)
and if not kept in check can become a nui-
sance within a decade. The average hog lit-
this is very hard to do once a population
has become established. Eradication has
been tried, but the hogs are very smart and
hogs or not, we should all be concerned
with an increase in the number of these
animals. Not only are they destructive to
IS A CRIME
ter six to eight sounders (piglets), depend- can move to a new area once they feel they plant life, the feral hogs are also carriers of
ing on the health of the mother and the are threatened. Obviously that is not a pseudorabies and brucellosis, two diseases
amount of food available. This last circum- good strategy because then they start to that are harmful to domesticated hogs.
stance is important to remember because destroy a new area that may previously Consider that they will commingle with
hogs have a wide tolerance in their diet have had no hog activity. domestic swine if the opportunity presents
which allows them to eat many different This year the Division of Fish and itself – even to the point of breaking down
kinds of plants. Wildlife will allow feral hogs to be har- fencing or stockade to reach the domestic
So how does this affect those of us vested by deer hunters in Deer swine and breed with them. This presents a
who are concerned about the health of Management zone 25. The area of concen- real health concern, with the potential to
native plants and trees? Because the hog’s tration of feral hogs in this zone is in damage the pork industry if a pseudorabies
ability to uproot is so destructive that it Franklinville, Gloucester County. The or brucellosis outbreak is reported.
leaves very little in the way of regenera- White Oak Branch Wildlife Management So what do you do if feral hogs have
Area and the White Oaks Country Club invaded a territory? The first thing you
tion. Let’s look at the diet of the hog to see
what it will eat. with its golf course are “ground zero” for shouldn’t do is disturb them. Again, feral
Hogs are like people – they are
omnivorous, which means they eat both
vegetables and meat. Their diet includes
feral hog activity in this area. I have a
friend who owns land in this area, and he
has reported up to 30 feral hogs living on
hogs will move if they feel an area is
unsafe. You should contact the Department
of Agriculture and your local SPCA. Feral
seasonal plants and vegetables such as his property. The story of how these hogs hogs are not game animals, so do not con- YOU CAN HELP!
corn, wheat, soybeans, watermelons and came to be was that an elderly farmer tact the Division of Fish and Wildlife or a
other melons. In the wild, they are fond of allegedly let the pigs go, back in the 1990s, conservation officer. Chances are an agri-
mast (acorns), grasses, forbs, roots and because he could no longer take care of culture animal control officer will come If you have information on a
tubers, fruits, bulbs and mushrooms. As for them. out and try and trap as many feral hogs as poacher, PLEASE call today - you
animal matter, hogs eat insects, snails and Whether we have an interest in feral possible. could be helping to insure a good
other invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians,
future for our wildlife.
and carrion. They will feed on the young of
birds and other animals such as sheep,
deer, and goats. Hogs feed primarily at CALL: 1-800-222-0456
night and during twilight hours, but will
also feed during the daylight in cold or wet Club News Wanted! Calls are toll-free
Hogs are especially destructive in the
Contributions are welcome - make
bottomlands or near a water source.
During hot weather they tend to prefer this Is your club holding a special event? Celebrating a landmark your check out to:
type of environment to keep them cool. anniversary? Let the rest of the Federation know! Send your
As you can see, it is important to Operation Game Thief
keep a feral hog population in check. news to the Editor of this paper (contact information on Page 2). PO Box 523
Notice I did not say “eradicate” because Keansburg, NJ 07734
Page 12 NEW JERSEY FEDERATED SPORTSMEN NEWS January 2009
BLACK POWDER NOTES
by Joe Bilby
New Track of the Wolf Gear,
Cartridge Guns and Lead Bullets
Track of the Wolf retail for $1.75 each.
Track of the Wolf’s new catalog Original Model 1892 Winchester carbine and group fired with black powder load at 50
Traditional shooters, especially those number 17 is also available for $7 plus $3 yards offhand. Photo courtesy Jeff Williams.
interested in the historical background of shipping. For further information on these
the guns they shoot, may be interested in a and other Track of the Wolf offerings, con-
new book written by Jim Mullins and pub- tact the company at 18308 Joplin Street Jeff reports that the newspaper than that of the average American living
lished by Track of the Wolf, one of the NW, Elk River, MN 55330-1773, 763-633- primer hole covering method worked well elsewhere, which actually totally under-
country’s largest traditional muzzle-loader 2500, or visit the company’s website at with his larger cartridges, including 45-70s mines the HSUS claims of any health dan-
supply houses. Mullins’ book, Of Sorts for www.trackofthewolf.com. and 45-60s, so he thought it might also be ger of using traditional ammunition to har-
Provincials: American Weapons of the productive with pistol-caliber cartridges. vest game.
French and Indian War, is a complementa- Cartridge Rifles From the evidence, it certainly is. While portraying its call for a lead
ry work to author Ryan R. Gale’s A ammunition ban as not being “anti-hunt-
Soldier-Like Way, an exposition of British Black-powder cartridge rifle shooters Zealots After Lead Bullets ing,” HSUS’ track record makes clear that
infantry arms of the French and Indian War will be interested in the experiments of my its true goal is to outlaw all hunting, trap-
of 1754-1763. Of Sorts for Provincials Arizona correspondent, Jeff Williams. Jeff The United States Sportsmen’s ping and even fishing. One way to accom-
accomplishes the same task with the has been shooting original black powder Alliance (USSA) has advised that the plish this goal is to force sportsmen to use
firearms, swords, and accoutrements of the cartridge rifles for years and is constantly Humane Society of the United States higher-cost products that will limit the
American provincial soldiers during that experimenting in an effort to push the (HSUS) has called for banning lead amount of ammunition they purchase and
conflict. In his lavishly illustrated work, accuracy envelope back to what it really ammunition following the release of a the number of times they are able to go
Mullins uses photos of original surviving was over a century ago. report from the North Dakota Department afield. This campaign is particularly dan-
weapons, cartridge boxes, pouches, pow- His recent experiments with his .44- of Health (NDDoH) conducted by the gerous for traditional muzzle-loading and
der horns and measures, and ammunition, 40 Model 1892 Winchester carbine, manu- Centers for Disease Control and black powder cartridge hunters who exclu-
as well as dug archeological examples factured in 1898, provide additional testi- Prevention (CDC) to investigate possible sively use lead bullets, often home-cast, as
from public and private collections mony to the “what do you need a modern dangers of consuming wild game harvest- they do not have any real options. Any
throughout the country. The illustrations gun for” school of thought. Jeff tried his ed by lead ammunition. kind of lead ban is also a threat to tradi-
are high-resolution, full-color photographs new method of covering the primer hole The report found that while levels of tional black powder target shooters using
by Ryan Gale and include copies of paint- with a .40” single layer of newspaper wad, lead in the blood of frequent consumers of both muzzle-loading and cartridge arms.
ings, drawings, and maps of the period. thus not allowing the powder to fall into wild game taken with traditional lead For more information on the U.S.
The book is in soft cover and retails for the primer hole and primer, a loading trick ammunition appeared to be somewhat Sportsmen’s Alliance, a national associa-
$33.95. he picked up from an article in Black higher than those of North Dakotans who tion of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organi-
Track of the Wolf is also an excellent Powder Cartridge magazine. He followed do not consume wild game, none had lev- zations that protects the rights of hunters,
source for gunflints for the traditional the thin piece of newspaper with his stan- els approaching those that would be of any anglers and trappers in the courts, legisla-
shooter. Always well-stocked with English dard .44-40 black powder load of 33 grains concern to the CDC. In fact, in its own tures, at the ballot box, in Congress, and
black flints, the mail order supplier recent- of Swiss 1.5F powder and a CCI 300 press releases, NDDoH stated that food through public education programs, call
ly announced reception of a shipment of primer behind a .30 thick vegetable wad pantries could continue accepting venison, 614-888-4868 or visit its website,
amber French flints. These hard-to-get under a Lyman 210-grain bullet lubricated provided the meat was appropriately www.ussportsmen.org.
items are not always available, and usually with SPG. The target shown with the rifle processed. Don’t forget the Outdoor Show
not cataloged, but Track of the Wolf has in the accompanying photograph was fired Interestingly, the report notes that the January 8, 9, 10, and 11 at the New Jersey
some in stock. The 5/8” pistol and 3/4” from the offhand position, not from a average blood lead level of all the people Convention & Exposition Center (Raritan
rifle sizes are $1.65, and 1” musket flints bench rest. tested in North Dakota is actually lower Center) Edison, NJ. See you there!
Central Jersey Chapter Pheasants season grasses along with feed crops such
Forever recently conducted pheasant
releases at the Stickney Farm Museum
According to CJCPF president Rich The Sporting View
Property and at Stanton Ridge Golf and Toaldo, previous ringneck releases have
Country Club; both locations are in resulted in the establishment of a holdover by Marty Boa
Whitehouse Station, Hunterdon County. population of birds at Stickney, while a
Specific areas at the two land tracts have mother hen bird and her brood of pheasant
been designated as habitat management chicks have been observed at Stanton
areas where, with the cooperation of local Ridge. Habitat enhancement programs and
officials, CJCPF member/volunteers have bird releases were initiated by CJCPF at
instituted a program of habitat cultivation, both locations in 2006 and 2007.
plantings, bird releases, and other condi- The Central Jersey chapter is one of
tions favorable to the establishment and approximately 600 chapters of the national
continuance of resident ring-necked pheas- organization of Pheasants Forever, “The
ant populations. The Stickney Farm Habitat Organization.” All chapters are
Museum habitat project is currently part of dedicated to re-establishing and maintain-
the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program ing resident pheasant populations nation-
(WHIP), a federal program. wide through scientifically formulated & Exposition Center (Raritan Center), to expand its gamut of products, services
On May 8, 2008, CJCPF volunteers habitat establishment and cultivation. The Edison and run January 8-11, 2009. As in and attractions of interest to the entire fam-
and associates under the direction of pres- efforts and accomplishments of CJCPF the past, show attendees will have access ily, the show will feature many hands-on
ident Rich Toaldo, Seaside Park, and habi- represent substantial strides toward the to the latest in hunting and fishing equip- displays designed to hold the interest of the
tat committee co-chair Ken Sass, overall goal of bringing back “Mr. ment, boats, ATVs, RVs, marine electron- younger set and keep them busy.
Bordentown, released 18 ringnecks at each Rooster.” ics, clothing, specialty foods, knives, tree Sportsmen and sportswomen should
location. The releases included both hen stands, gun safes, outfitters, guides and take note of an especially important and
and cock pheasants. At Stickney the Garden State Outdoor Sportsmen’s and lodges, tourism departments, clubs, publi- timely seminar, “The National Saltwater
release was witnessed by the “habitat Adventure Show Returns For 26th Year cations, and related organizations. Angler Registry-What It Means To You,”
team” including: Jamey Bohoni (Agway Purchases can be made, often at special presented by the New Jersey Division of
Dealer, New Egypt, NJ), Evan Madlinger The 26th Annual Garden State show prices, and bookings can be Fish and Wildlife. There will also be an
(Soil Conservationist, US Dept. of Outdoor Sportsmen’s and Adventure Show arranged. information/fundraising booth “It’s Not
Agriculture), Rich Toaldo (President will return to the New Jersey Convention In keeping with continued efforts About Guns, It’s About Freedom!” put on
CJCPF), Jim Horvath (overseer of by the Central Jersey Friends of NRA, a
Stickney Farm Museum), Amy Hollander local chapter of the NRA. The funds raised
(Curator of Stickney Museum Farm), Julia at the booth will enable the chapter to
Allen (former Mayor and Councilwoman, financially support local educational
Readington Twp.) and Ken Sass (CJCPF A ringneck cockbird, shooting programs including those that
Co-Chair for Habitat). Golf Course just released by promote youth, women, first-time shooters
Superintendent Fred Reidel observed the and instructor training courses. With funds
Central Jersey Chapter
release at Stanton Ridge. raised the organization also supports the
Hunting is not allowed at the Stanton Pheasants Forever vol- Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program offered
Ridge Golf and Country Club and will not unteers, takes flight in public schools, the Association of New
be allowed at Stickney Farm for at least ten toward a new home at Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, the Boy
years. Stickney Farm includes 60 acres, 37 Stickney Farm in Scouts, 4-H clubs, co-ed Venture Clubs,
of which are planted with pheasant-sup- Readington Township, ROTC, and Junior Police Explorers.
porting vegetation. At Stanton Ridge the Hunterdon County. For more information, see the ad on
course has several hundred acres of land in the back page of this issue, or go to the
Photo courtesy CJCPF.
and around the golfing area where show’s website at www.gsoss.com.
Superintendent Reidel has planted warm
January 2009 NEW JERSEY FEDERATED SPORTSMEN NEWS Page 13
the Assembly approves it, Governor not support the measure because it does
Corzine still has to sign it. And the chances not include firearms.
of that happening are about as good as Take a page out of the liberal play-
Tight Lines and finding a winning Powerball lottery ticket
placed under your vehicle’s windshield
book of the animal-rights advocates and
anti-hunters, folks. Incrementalism. Little-
wiper by a homeless person. To put it in by-little, fellow hunters. Lay the founda-
Straightaway Shots the street vernacular, “ain’t gonna’ hap-
tion now (if possible) then ask for more
later. Liberal politicians have been doing
But it should happen, and the reason this for decades and they’ve been using the
it won’t is because the antis have the ear of method quite successfully, thank you.
by Robert Brunisholz the Governor, whining about wanting “at Sportsmen should contact their
least one day in which they can be safe” in respective legislators, specifically their
the woods to walk, hike, bike, bird, or assemblyman or woman within their dis-
whatever it is they do on Sunday. trict, and politely ask them to pressure the
That, however, is merely a conven- assembly subcommittee to release the
ient excuse for the guv not to sign the bill. measure for a floor vote.
Sunday Bow Hunting: The manner in which the bill is word- Incidentally, for those who do not
ed would exclude Sunday bowhunting on know who their assemblymen or women
If Not Now, When? all lands with the exception of Wildlife
Management Areas and private property.
are, use your search engine to type in
either the NRA/ILA or the US Sportsmen’s
Ergo, the folks who claim they don’t want Alliance. Both have links to directing
It all began with the controversial Crescitelli said, “We just have no way of Sunday archery because they are con- sportsmen to their respective legislators.
bear hunt in New Jersey and the successes knowing when that will happen.” cerned about sharing the woods and fields When writing or emailing a legislator
the anti-hunting crowd had in Trenton by The problem, as most New Jersey with those big, bad nasty hunters shouldn’t (hint: snail mail letters are more effective
cajoling and arm-twisting many of the sportsmen and women know, is the com- be of much to concern them. simply because it’s extremely easy for an
state’s lawmakers. In the end, proposed or mittee that releases bills for a floor vote is In addition, should the Sunday aide to merely hit the delete button if he or
future bear hunts went the way of the dominantly filled with democrats, few of bowhunting bill pass muster by making its she doesn’t like what your letter is about),
buggy whip. which have much sympathy for Garden way out of the assembly subcommittee, and be certain to mention the facts: that
Those successes don’t bode well for a State hunters, or for that matter, firearms then meet with approval with the general this measure would aid directly in control-
measure proposed by the United Bow owners. Then, on the outside chance the assembly, it would be yet another method ling New Jersey’s deer herds and that it
Hunters of New Jersey in conjunction with bill manages to get out of committee, and of better deer control… and Lord luv us, will not hinder those who like to take
some other pro-hunting groups, requesting there certainly are enough whitetails that walks in parks or preserves, inasmuch as
the state approve a bill that would permit ended up as hood ornaments or are the bill calls for hunting on only WMAs
Sunday hunting for archers in New Jersey. chowing down on homeowners’ expen- and private property.
The good news, if indeed there is any sive landscaping as well as farmers’ But is it worth all that effort if the
good news on the regulatory front in the crops. This bill is not a nice-to-have, but Governor has no intention of signing the
Garden State as it pertains to hunting or a need-to-have. measure even if it makes it to a successful
shooting, is that the senate’s version of the Finally, there are plenty of floor vote?
measure (S-802) was approved in October. bowhunters in the Garden State who, as That’s easy. The answer in these sce-
It seems the State Senate didn’t have much the seasons stand now, have only one day narios is always a resounding YES.
of a problem with Sunday bow hunting. of the week in which to hunt, and that is Nothing ventured, nothing gained, and
After all, that august body approved the Saturday. Those archers with job or hourly besides, if the measure makes to the guv’s
measure by 32-6. But it seems the shift conflicts would at least have one desk and he doesn’t sign it, that’s merely
Assembly surely does have a problem with additional day in which to hunt. another round of ammunition that can be
the proposal. Undeniably, there is about as much put away for another day, preferably an
The assembly version (A-1669) has chance of this bill coming to a floor vote as election day.
been bottled up in sub-committee since the there is of President-elect Obama naming
measure was originally introduced nearly a Sarah Palin his media advisor. For questions or comments, Robert
year ago, and there doesn’t appear to be Nevertheless, there are also reports of Brunisholz may be contacted at robert-
any urgency on the part of the assembly to sportsmen (read: firearm hunters) who will email@example.com.
move it from committee to the floor for a
vote. In fact, Lou Crescitelli, chief of staff
for State Assemblywoman Alison Littell
McHose (R-Dist. 24, who is one of the
chief sponsors of the bill), said it’s difficult
to determine when the bill will be taken
NOW FOR THE
out of committee.
Reached at his Sussex County office,
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Governor David A. Paterson
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preparation of the farm’s closure.
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Paterson. “The closure of the Reynolds the Reynolds Game Farm annual costs
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Nugent To Appear at Photo of Ted Nugent
Greater Reading Sport Show Productions
American sporting legend Ted a family event which includes the NRA
Nugent will headline the 2009 Greater World Class Whitetail Display, Chainsaw
Reading Sport Travel & Outdoor Show, Wood Carving Show, whitetail scoring,
January 15 through 18, at the Reading jaw bone aging, and dog training demon-
Expo Center. He will present his “Spirit of strations (on Saturday and Sunday.) A
the Wild” seminar Friday, January 16 at wide range of seminars throughout the
6:00 pm and Saturday, January 17 at noon, four days of the show will cover Offshore
followed by a book signing. Copies of his Fishing, Coyote Hunting, Turkey Hunting,
most recent New York Times best-selling Whitetail Tactics, and more. Kids’ activi-
book Ted, White and Blue: The Nugent ties, including the trout pond, a kids’ cast-
Manifesto will be available. Ted Nugent is ing contest (on Sunday) and gemstone
an award-winning writer for over 40 publi- sluicing from the Cold River Mining
cations, and author of New York Times Company, will be available as well.
bestseller God, Guns and Rock ‘n’ Roll. This show is made possible by the
Mr. Nugent encourages participation, generous support of the local Dodge
so this year in conjunction with the PA Dealers Association, which is giving away
Bowhunters Association, they will conduct twenty $100-dollar gift certificates to
The Nugent Challenge. Attendees can spend at the show. Please note that on
bring their own bows to the show and Sunday the Hunters for the Hungry will be
shoot at the indoor 3D range. Four lucky collecting food donations during the show.
shooters will have their names drawn from Anyone bringing a non-perishable food
Thursday and Friday’s shooters. The item will receive $1.00 off an adult admis-
selected people will get to compete against sion.
Ted Nugent - personally - on Saturday For more information, visit
between 11:00 and 11:30 am. www.sportingexpos.com.
The Sport Travel & Outdoor Show is
Classified Ads Fly Fishing Show
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4 ea Higdon Full Body Feeders $65/4 Center in Somerset on January 23-25,
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show hours are 10-6, 9-5:30, and 9-4:30
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respectively. Adult admission is $15 for sights seen while hunting, fishing, trapping, or shooting. Digital images
1 doz. Higdon Sleeper Shells $95/doz.
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one day, $25 for a two-day pass, and $35 are preferred (email to firstname.lastname@example.org), or send prints to the edi-
for a three-day pass. Children under 5
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with bags $45/doz. Family Day Sunday: two adults and one discretion. Include your name, home town, contact information (in case
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All classified ads are limited to 6 For more information on some of these, visit www.njsfsc.org and click on “Calendar of Events”
lines; there are approximately 42
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spaces). No photos or graphics, Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
please. Only items that can legally
be sold are allowed. The Federation 2 3
and all personnel associated with
this publication assume no responsi-
bility for ad content or condition of
any goods, or quality of any servic-
es, offered for sale. Appearance of 4 5 6 7 8 - 11
an ad in this publication does not
indicate that the Federation endors- Garden State Outdoor Sportsmen’s Show, Edison, NJ
es, guarantees or approves of any
goods or services offered in the ad,
and is in no way responsible for 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
conditions of sale. All responsibili- Garden State Greater Reading Sport Show, Reading, PA
ties are those of the person advertis- Outdoor
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two-month insertion, payable in 18 19 20 21 22 23 - 25
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the NJ State Federation of Reading Sport Fly Fishing Show, Somerset, NJ
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e-mailed to email@example.com.
The entire editorial and advertising staff at the NJFSN, as well
as the officers and BOD of the Federation, wish a
Happy New Year!
to all members of the Federation, as well as all sportsmen
and women of New Jersey and surrounding areas.
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