Avoid the Capture of Bobcats while Trapping Other Furbearers
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is advising the state's trapping community that if a bobcat (alive or dead) is found in a set to call 877-WARNDEP (877-927-6337). The dispatcher will notify the appropriate Endangered and Nongame Species zoologist. Although bobcats are considered a game species, they are currently classified as "Endangered" in New Jersey and are managed by the division's Endangered and Nongame Species Program.
Information on how to avoid capturing a bobcat in the first place has been posted on the division's website at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2012/bobcat.htm . All trappers are encouraged to review the information and do their part to reduce mortalities and injury to this recovering species.
PENNSYLVANIA NASP STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE HELD ON MARCH 9
Registration open from Jan. 27 until Feb. 17
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are encouraging all schools participating in the National Archery in the Schools (NASP) to register for Pennsylvania’s 2012 NASP State Tournament, which will be held on Friday, March 9, at the Penn State Multi-Sport Facility in University Park, Centre County.
While there is no fee to register, registration opens on Friday, Jan. 27, and closes on Monday, Feb. 17. Registration can be done through the NASP link in the “Education” tab of on the Game Commission’s homepage (www.pgc.state.pa.us), or directly through the NASP Tournament website (http://nasptournaments.org).
NASP helps school districts in Pennsylvania meet physical education curriculum requirements of the state Department of Education, while at the same time introducing them to the world of competitive archery.
Last year, more than 350 students from a dozen school districts participated in the NASP state competition. This year, event organizers are expecting nearly 600 students from even more school districts.
“In addition to offering students a state archery championship for teams and individuals to compete for honors and trophies, the Game Commission is working with various partners to provide tournament participants and spectators the opportunity to visit a host of vendors, from archery equipment suppliers to wildlife exhibits from Shaver’s Creek,” said Samantha Pedder, who is the Game Commission outreach coordinator and state-level administrator for NASP.
Started in Kentucky, in 2002, NASP has spread throughout the United States, and is now reaching around the world, and includes nearly nine million participating students. There are 8,800 schools participating in NASP in 47 states, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Tournaments are held at the state, national and international levels. The 2011 national competition was held in Louisville, Kentucky; and the international event was held at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.
NASP came to Pennsylvania in 2005. In mid-2010, the Game Commission began coordinating the program and has grown the program by working with 40 different school districts to get NSAP up and running in their schools.
For more information on NASP, visit www.archeryintheschools.org. To get NASP started in a Pennsylvania school, contact Samantha Pedder, at the Game Commission headquarters, at 717-787-4250 (ext. 3327). Also, “PA NASP” can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennNASP.
Spring Turkey Permit Application Period on Wednesday, January 25
The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will open the Spring Turkey Permit Application Period on Wednesday, January 25. Applications can be made either on-line or at license agents.
The application period remains open until 11:59 pm on February 22, 2012, and applicants can review and edit their applications online until the application period closes.
The 2012 NJ Wild Turkey Hunting Season Information booklet is available at license agents and online.
For more information on the lottery, including important dates for claiming awarded permits and over-the-counter sales of leftover permits and links to the license website, license agents and the turkey hunting booklet and THA map, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2012/turkperm12_spring.htm on the division's website.