The Garden State Deer Classic is presented each year to feature the outstanding white-tailed deer harvested during the previous year's hunting seasons and recognize the hunters who took them.
|In recent years it has been held at the Garden State Outdoor Sportsmen's Show at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison. The 2011 show and Deer Classic will be held Thursday, January 13 through Sunday, January 16 - an event ideal both for sportsmen and women and for exhibitors, drawing 40,000 sporting enthusiasts.
The Deer Classic is jointly sponsored by the Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, United Bowhunters of New Jersey, the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Conservation Foundation and the Garden State Outdoor Sportsmen's Show.
A highlight of the Classic each year is a stunning display featuring some of New Jersey's largest bucks. The event culminates in an awards ceremony on Sunday, January 16 at 2:30 p.m.
As part of the Deer Classic, division biologists are present the entire time to answer questions and discuss management strategies, goals and issues. Hunting equipment manufacturers' pro-staffers and division biologists also conduct seminars on various topics.
Display of record deer is a Deer Classic highlight.
For seminar information please visit the Garden State Outdoor Sportsmen's Show website.
Winners of the 2010 Deer Classic
Winners of the 2009 Deer Classic
Winners of the 2008 Deer Classic
Winners of the 2007 Deer Classic
Winners of the 2006 Deer Classic
Winners of the 2005 Deer Classic
Winners of the 2004 Deer Classic
The Deer Classic is sponsored by the Division of Fish and Wildlife, New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, United Bowhunters of New Jersey (UBNJ) and the Garden State Outdoor Sportsmen's Show.