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Ralph Randolph Jr., of Gloucester City, former Gloucester City Fire Department Chief

Hunting and Fishing: Fall Bow, Docks at Frankford Arsenal, Dear Boat Owner


New Jersey's regular Fall Bow deer hunting season kicks off statewide on Saturday,
GameNews_Cover_November_Large October 2 and extends through October 29. This season, Garden State bow hunters will benefit from another important regulation change, which comes on the heels of two changes implemented last season that significantly expanded bow hunting opportunities in our state.  The expansion of bow hunting opportunities in New Jersey is gaining wide recognition through Whitetail Journal magazine, which recently chose the Garden State as one of the top five crossbow deer hunting states in the nation.

Last season, bow hunting regulations were changed to allow the use of crossbows and to permit Sunday bow deer hunting on Wildlife Management Areas and private property. This season, the bow hunting safety zone distance was reduced from 450 feet to 150 feet through the Bowhunting Safety Zone Perimeter Bill. The safety zone distance reduction does not apply to school playgrounds, which still require a 450 feet safety zone. Any portion of the school grounds (including fields used for sports) that could be used for play or recreation is considered to be part of a playground.

The owner or lessee of a building and persons specifically authorized by the owner or lessee in writing (written permission must be in possession while hunting) may hunt closer than 150 feet from their building. Hunters authorized to hunt within 150 feet of a building must hunt from an elevated position to shoot down toward the ground. Shooting into a safety zone is prohibited. 

Fall Bow season hunters who did not take an antlered deer during the early Fall Bow season have their choice of taking either an antlered or antlerless deer first, unlike the early season where hunters are required to first take an antlerless deer. 

The Fall Bow deer hunting season is immediately followed by the Permit Bow season, which opens on October 30 and runs through November 27 in some deer DMZs but extends through December 31 in most DMZs. Antlerless and Antlered Buck Permits for the Permit Bow season can be purchased online or at license agent locations beginning October 5. 

More than 750,000 acres of public lands are open to the New Jersey deer hunter looking for a place to hunt. A current listing of these lands can be found at . Online maps of Wildlife Management Areas are also available and can be viewed at 

Complete information and regulations for deer hunting in New Jersey can be found on the Fish and Wildlife Web site at: and in the 2010 Hunting and Trapping Issue of the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Digest available at license agent locations or online at . 

Philadelphia, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will conduct the annual removal of the floating docks and walkways at the Frankford Arsenal Access on the Delaware River in Philadelphia on October 18th, 2010.  The removal is two weeks earlier than normal which will enable PFBC construction crews additional time to refurbish the docks and walkways.  In addition, the piers are also going to be refurbished starting October 18th and there will be limited access to the launch ramps for approximately two weeks.  During this time boaters are advised to use the Tacony Access.  Tacony is located just north of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge on Milnor and Princeton Avenue and provides public access to the Delaware River.
The improved docks and walkways are expected to be re-installed during the spring of 2011.  Exact dates will be determined based on weather and site conditions next spring.
The PFBC manages some 300 state properties to provide boat launch and/or fishing opportunities on the waters of the Commonwealth.  The Frankford Arsenal Access is one of the most popular public recreational fishing and boating sites on the lower Delaware River.
The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website

Dear Boat Owners,

We need your help. If you believe in "science first," now is the time to urge President Obama to require the federal EPA to understand the effects of higher blends of ethanol before allowing it into our country's gasoline supply.

Time is critical. Last year, a record number of boaters asked EPA to test marine engines before allowing up to 15% (E15) ethanol in gasoline. This testing has not been completed. Now, in late September or early October, EPA is getting ready to announce their decision. We expect they will allow E15 for some engines and not others. This will create different fuels with different availability, prices, and a lot of consumer confusion.

BoatU.S. appreciates and embraces the need to diversify our country's fuel and energy sources. However, we are concerned that EPA may put the "cart before the horse" by granting increased ethanol before we know what it will do in our marine engines. Many boaters, having suffered through the last ethanol transition, agree that we should learn from this recent history, and completely understand what the new fuel will do before approving its use in boats. It may turn out to be harmless, but what if it's not? Shouldn't we wait for the facts before making the decision?

Please help today. Click here let President Obama know your concerns about ethanol and ask him to get the science first, before giving EPA the approval for more ethanol in your gasoline.

Many thanks,
Margaret Podlich 
Vice President, BoatU.S. Government Affairs 
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