submitted by Bill Schemel
The 2010 Take A Kid Hunting Pheasant Hunt sponsored by the Federation and the Division will take place this Saturday, October 30, at the following Wildlife Management Areas: Whittingham, Black River, Flatbrook, Clinton, Assunpink, Colliers Mills, Glassboro, Millville, Peaslee and Winslow Wildlife Management areas.
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The hunt is limited to youth who hold a valid youth hunting license. They can be accompanied by family. All hunts will be mentored except for those in Flatbrook and Glassboro. Dog handlers in the guided hunts will give the youngsters an opportunity to have a quality hunt.
This year will be the first hunt in Winslow. The Camden County Federation will sponsor the hunt for 25 youth hunters. A breakfast will be served courtesy of the Camden County before the hunt. Ocean and Monmouth counties are sponsoring the hunts in the Assunpink and Colliers Mills areas. Thanks to all of those involved and good luck to the young hunters in search of the Rockport Rockets.Also this Saturday will be the Youth Waterfowl Day for those young hunters in the Coastal Zone. Members of the New Jersey Waterfowlers will be involved in the hunt. Southern Zone Youth Waterfowl Day will be November 5 and 6. The Northern Zone was October 2.
Warren County Federation and TU hold joint Warriors event
On Sunday, the Warren County Federation and the Ridge and Valley Trout Unlimited chapter of New Jersey held a joint fishing outing for wounded veterans at the Pequest Fish Hatchery. Warren County president Bill Englehardt said that 25-30 veterans showed up for the event and had a great time. It is the first time for such an event and Englehardt said he is already looking forward to next year.
―We had a great time. The people who showed up had fun and were most appreciative,‖ said Englehardt. ―We had falconer Bill Ponder give a demonstration with his birds and every one enjoyed that. Bill is an exceptional falconer who really puts a lot of time and effort into what he does.‖
Trout Unlimited to have a riparian buffer planting project on Beatty Farm
This release is from the New Jersey Trout Unlimited:
Come on out and join forces with members of the Musky Trout Fishing Club this Saturday, October 30 and a group of fly angling buddies from around NJ that have volunteered to help finish riparian buffer plantings on the Beatty dairy farm in Asbury. Saturday’s planting project is to finish a buffer along West Portal Brook and buffer that stream from a nearby agricultural field, the 4th such planting project on this diary farm. Sunday’s planting will be to increase a current 25′ wide buffer along nearly 1/3 mile of the main Musconetcong River to a full 50′, offering maximum runoff protection from fertilizers and pesticides that might be in use on this working dairy farm. Tools will be provided, so come as you are and lend a hand! Address is: BSB Holsteins, 244 Asbury-West Portal Road, Asbury, NJ 08802. We are in need of volunteers on both days with work beginning at 9 a.m. Drive down to the barn and park far enough away from the milk barn and water tower for the tractor trailers to get in and out. TU’s Eastern staff member, Brian Cowden, will be on hand to drive volunteers to and from the site in a hay wagon behind one of the farm tractors so that you will not have to walk down to the river.
Hunters Helping the Hungry
The following is a release from Hunters Helping the Hungry:
Only six weeks into the current deer hunting seasons, Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) has already processed over 8,200 pounds of venison! For the entire deer season in September 2009 through February 2010, HHH processed 15,000 pounds! Hunters are helping but we have many hungry people out there!
―Recently I had a conversation with a church volunteer in Hackettstown,‖ said Les Giese of HHH. ―His church helps local families in needs and obtains food supplies from NORWESCAP
in Phillipsburg. His church helps over 400 families a month! I was shocked to hear his story. I had no idea that there were that many people in need. The volunteer told me that families actually prefer venison over other meat products. So, unfortunately, there are plenty of needy people who want venison. I just need to do our part now!‖
Hunters can participate in the program by donating deer though an approved butcher to the NORWESCAP of Phillipsburg or Ocean-Monmouth Food Banks or Food Bank of South Jersey. Processing fees are paid to the butcher by HHH from a fund consisting of donations and grants. Approved butchers are inspected by the State of New Jersey Health Department. Hunters not only spend time hunting and money for licenses and permits but they also donate $10 to $65 of the professional meat processing fee when they drop a deer off for processing.
HHH is a non-profit 501 c-3 organization. A small group of volunteers sit on the board of HHH and receive no compensation for their efforts. All administrative duties are supplied by volunteer board members. Butcher processing fees are also discounted from normal retail fees by the approved butchers.
Donations to HHH can be mailed to Hunters Helping the Hungry, P.O. Box 587, Lebanon, New Jersey, 08833 or through PayPal on our website: www.HuntersHelpingtheHungry.org.
Maryland Young of the Year survey for stripers
Here is a release from Stripers Forever’s Brad Burns from last Tuesday, October 19:
Stripers Forever members – here is an excerpt from yesterday’s press release by the Maryland DNR that reveals that the production of young striped bass in Chesapeake Bay has experienced another poor year:
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the 2010 Young of the Year Striped Bass Survey is 5.6, below the long-term average of 11.6. While this is the third consecutive year of below average striped bass production in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay, the population remains above the management action trigger set by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Likewise, the number of adults in the Atlantic coast population and levels of fishing are well within healthy limits as set by the ASMFC management framework.Frankly we don’t much like the spin on this about how populations are at healthy limits and above ASMFC targets. These are very subjective targets. Sentiments of anglers we talk to as well as our own fishing experiences show a continued strong downward trend. Location after location that enjoyed great striped bass fishing in the 90s are now reporting poor fishing. No one can say with certainty if this is mycobacteriosis at work or if we are just killing too many of the large fish. But, with angling success falling off dramatically and the incredibly valuable recreational fishing industry for striped bass being impacted, we think it is time to pull out the stops and really cut back on striped bass harvest. Yes, the recreational community will need to reduce its catch, but with less than one fish per year being harvested for each recreational angler, the first thing to go should be the commercial quota.
Now more than ever it is time to finally make striped bass a game fish.
This and That
The Ray Neirle Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its monthly meeting this Wednesday at Square Circle Sportsmen’s Club in Gibbsboro, Camden County. The meeting at 7 p.m. For more details, contact Bob Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fall Classic for 28 gauge will be held this Saturday at the Florham Park Sportsmen’s Club in Florham Park. For more information contact Ed Whitman at 908-688-4909.
The Federation’s Board of Directors will meet this Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Conservation Center at the Assunpink WMA.
Officers from the Federation met with four clubs and individuals last Monday to begin the opening of a county chapter in Cape May County. The gracious hosts of the South Millville Gun Club have agreed to let the Federation meet the representatives again on November 8 to set up officers and a bank account.
The JCAA will hold its Sportsperson of the Year award dinner on Sunday, November 14 at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant. The dinner is from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $65 each. For reservations, call Dan Miller 609-641-7821.
The Inskip Antlers Deer Club will hold its annual breakfast on Sunday, November 7 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the club on 729 Piney Hollow Road, Hammonton. Tickets for the breakfast are $8 for adults and $5 for children. Call Kevin Maffei at 609-876-3625 for information.
New Jersey Ducks Unlimited has several dinners coming up in November. They are:
Friday, November 5 in Tinton Falls, Monmouth County. Scot Patterson, 732-859-7184 is the contact person. Saturday, November 6 in Seaville, Cape May County is the first waterfowlers party. Dave Biling, 609-624-0905 is the contact person.
Thursday, November 18 in Beemerville, Sussex County is the waterfowlers party for the Walkill River Waterfowlers. Chuck Bergeron, 201-602-0141 is the contact person. Saturday, November 20 in Manahawkin, Ocean County is the Southern Ocean Chapter dinner. Rich Carpenter, 609-280-5840 is the contact person.
The New Jersey Fur Harvesters will hold their annual convention on Sunday, November 7 at the Atsion Recreation Area in Shamong Township, Burlington County. The event starts at 8 a.m.
Save the date: The Federation Convention, June 2, 3, 4, 2011 in Avalon, Cape May County.