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Hey everyone, My name is Ryan. I grew up shooting bows but am new to hunting and only been out a few times. I have received a lot of help from a friend before moving to South Jersey so I have what I need and a good idea of how to start but need to learn the area. I live about 15 minutes from zone 65 Winslow WMA and about 25 minutes from Warton zone 23. I live in zone 25 

I have been trying to scout and get a few stands up but have read some horror stories about people stealing gear left in the woods (especially in Winslow) and getting hassled by other in crowded areas. After hunting the little bit I have in New England I know that I would prefer to have a hang on stand up for the morning hunts and maybe stick to the climber in the afternoons but I am afraid to leave gear out now. From what I can gather Warton is a safer bet for a hang on but it will be that little bit harder to hunt and get to in the AM. 

I am looking for advice or someone to hunt with in the area. Any help or suggestions are welcome. I am a 33-year-old lover of the outdoors, respectful, professional, fit and ready to help where I can too. I am here to learn and meet some other nice people that want to share their knowledge.  Thanks for reading and good luck to everyone for the season!

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 I live about 15 minutes from zone 65 Winslow WMA and about 25 minutes from Warton zone 23. I live in zone 25

 

You are living pretty much in my neighborhood - that's me (15 mins from 65, 25 mins from Wharton is roughly the same for me).  :) 

I do not put anything out in any woods now, unless it is something I'm willing to lose. I've had stands, cameras, etc. stolen off of private land in 25 (yes, private land - trespassers and thieves everywhere). A friend had his stand stolen from Winslow WMA/z65.

I did have a lock-on up last year in Wharton from August through November - that survived. But I did have a guy put up a stand 60 yards from mine in November - so I quickly took my stuff down. I've since sold that set up. I'm using climber only now (unless I hunt from the ground).

 

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Stick with zone 23. Gets a fraction of the pressure of the other zones because of regulations. It's one deer per season and guys want to kill everything. 

Next..  cross water....99% of guys ain't doing it. Nothing crazy. Just a small stream. Once it gets cold most guys become pussycats (sorry Todd) lol , and they ain't crossing, touching water. 

Look at maps. Look for swamps. When pressure hits, that's where they will be. They won't be in there too much right now so don't rely on cameras. 

I'm teaching/taking my kids f right now so all my time is devoted to them. Sorry. After the season if you want some company in 23 and or 19 I'll be glad to help. 

I use hang ons. Everything gets a cable lock. Some I leave up but take the climbing sticks with me. Or buy some Cranford steps. Use them for first 10 feet. Remove when you leave. 

I would love to tell you antis stealing your gear but it isn't , it's other hunters. We are our own worst enemy. 

Welcome to Jersey. Lol. 

 

Nick

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9 minutes ago, Swamprat said:

Stick with zone 23. Gets a fraction of the pressure of the other zones because of regulations

That's why I tried Wharton. But I put a stand up, and in November, some guy puts a ladder stand 60 yards from mine. This year, I scouted the same spot in z23 where I got my deer last year, and someone put up a ground blind there now :whatever:

Public land hunting does have its challenges :) But, hey, I did get a buck last year in z23! So all is not lost.

And I agree - crossing water would help. Or walk a long ways from the road. But even that isn't a guarantee. I can remember a couple years ago I scouted a spot close to z65 - a friend and I must have walked a half mile through a swamp - I was thinking, "I'm never hunting here, how do you ever drag a deer out of here?"... well, we hit a clearing, found a place where the deer were obviously bedding, we look up, and there's a tree stand 20 yards from the bedding area! This was a half mile in, all through swamp.

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Wow, thanks for the awesome replies mazzgolf and Swamprat. That is all really helpful. It looks like I am going to be using waders and trying to get in where others hopefully will not. Z23 is big so maybe I can be more creative and keep to myself in there. Sounds like the safe bet is to use sticks if I lock something up in a tree. I feel like I just keep making plans and buying gear only to have to go a different direction. But I am grateful to know the real deal from people in the area with experience. 

I am in Sicklerville and there are a few places within 10-15 mins I would love to hunt but I am sure I need permission from the landowner. Do you guys have any good resource for a GIS land map for the area? Otherwise, I am going to the town hall and I will have to try and find the owner and reach out.  Thanks again!! I really appreciate the responses. 

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1 hour ago, Redlined1 said:

Hey everyone, My name is Ryan. I grew up shooting bows but am new to hunting and only been out a few times. I have received a lot of help from a friend before moving to South Jersey so I have what I need and a good idea of how to start but need to learn the area. I live about 15 minutes from zone 65 Winslow WMA and about 25 minutes from Warton zone 23. I live in zone 25 

I have been trying to scout and get a few stands up but have read some horror stories about people stealing gear left in the woods (especially in Winslow) and getting hassled by other in crowded areas. After hunting the little bit I have in New England I know that I would prefer to have a hang on stand up for the morning hunts and maybe stick to the climber in the afternoons but I am afraid to leave gear out now. From what I can gather Warton is a safer bet for a hang on but it will be that little bit harder to hunt and get to in the AM. 

I am looking for advice or someone to hunt with in the area. Any help or suggestions are welcome. I am a 33-year-old lover of the outdoors, respectful, professional, fit and ready to help where I can too. I am here to learn and meet some other nice people that want to share their knowledge.  Thanks for reading and good luck to everyone for the season!

Your not far from me either. Welcome to the site!  There’s a lot of land around here. I personally have never hunted Winslow or Wharton, but I’ve known a few people who’ve seen some monsters in both peices. I’d gladly show you around, even know a piece right by sicklerville that I’ve hardly seen anyone in, but I’ve never personally hunted it. Send me a pm if you want, won’t say too much info over here, give my spots away haha. But I can definitely point you in the right direction. 

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11 minutes ago, Zone35killer said:

Your not far from me either. Welcome to the site!  There’s a lot of land around here. I personally have never hunted Winslow or Wharton, but I’ve known a few people who’ve seen some monsters in both peices. I’d gladly show you around, even know a piece right by sicklerville that I’ve hardly seen anyone in, but I’ve never personally hunted it. Send me a pm if you want, won’t say too much info over here, give my spots away haha. But I can definitely point you in the right direction. 

PM sent! Thanks in advance. 

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Sicklerville - that's about where I am. And if you all are talking about the same particular piece of a couple dozen acres of undeveloped private land that I know about - I've got written permission to hunt that spot :) It is also the spot where I had a couple hundred dollars of stands/cameras/etc stolen because of the trespassers and thieves. We have a no-discharge ordinance, and I had a picture of a guy walking through that area with orange and a shotgun - so there are trespassers that are also hunters here. I actually stopped hunting it 2 years ago because it was too much of a bother - I was spending more time hanging (and re-hanging) no-trespass signs and trying to ward off trespassers than I was hunting. So I gave it up. The owners gave me written permission to bow hunt if I would help keep it clean and hang up the signs - then the trespassers and thieves just keep junking up the place and tearing down my signs. Not many trees to climb, and not big deer, but there was plenty of does there. It just wasn't worth it.

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1 minute ago, Rusty said:

Welcome to the site Redlined,  lots of very helpful people on here from down your way.  Best of luck out there this year.  Keep us posted on your progress.  

P.S.  We like pictures.  :D

Thanks Rusty. I am so glad I came on here. I tried Bowsite forum but it was dead over there for NJ. Its really nice to get all these responses so quick. You guys are on it. I will definitely keep everyone posted on progress and results. It looks like I found the right place with real sportsman! I am sure I will have lots of questions but some good friends back home to bug too. Hoping I can harvest and share this year. 

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4 minutes ago, mazzgolf said:

Sicklerville - that's about where I am. And if you all are talking about the same particular piece of a couple dozen acres of undeveloped private land that I know about - I've got written permission to hunt that spot :) It is also the spot where I had a couple hundred dollars of stands/cameras/etc stolen because of the trespassers and thieves. We have a no-discharge ordinance, and I had a picture of a guy walking through that area with orange and a shotgun - so there are trespassers that are also hunters here. I actually stopped hunting it 2 years ago because it was too much of a bother - I was spending more time hanging (and re-hanging) no-trespass signs and trying to ward off trespassers than I was hunting. So I gave it up. The owners gave me written permission to bow hunt if I would help keep it clean and hang up the signs - then the trespassers and thieves just keep junking up the place and tearing down my signs. Not many trees to climb, and not big deer, but there was plenty of does there. It just wasn't worth it.

That is a bummer. I know of a few places around and have found some really nice places real close by but they are public land owned by the county from what I can gather. I am not sure how willing they are to give permission. It sucks that we are trying to get away from the BS and be out and enjoy the woods and still have to deal with jerks taking advantage while your trying to do everything right. 

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I do not mind hunting the public land around here, especially if the alternative is these small parcels of private that are around with houses and highways all around you. We have so many acres of public land close by (Wharton, Winslow, even Glassboro can be good) that it is easy to "get away". I prefer to be away from people and houses and traffic, anyway - that private spot I mentioned is close to the AC Expressway and when I would go there, all I would hear all day would be cars and trucks roaring by the entire time I would be out there, not to mention the houses nearby, too. When I go in the woods, I want to be "in the woods" - it's hard to do that in NJ. But places like Wharton, you can get some pretty good peace and quiet if you go in deep.

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1 hour ago, Redlined1 said:

Wow, thanks for the awesome replies mazzgolf and Swamprat. That is all really helpful. It looks like I am going to be using waders and trying to get in where others hopefully will not. Z23 is big so maybe I can be more creative and keep to myself in there. Sounds like the safe bet is to use sticks if I lock something up in a tree. I feel like I just keep making plans and buying gear only to have to go a different direction. But I am grateful to know the real deal from people in the area with experience. 

I am in Sicklerville and there are a few places within 10-15 mins I would love to hunt but I am sure I need permission from the landowner. Do you guys have any good resource for a GIS land map for the area? Otherwise, I am going to the town hall and I will have to try and find the owner and reach out.  Thanks again!! I really appreciate the responses. 

You don't necessarily needs waders. Sometimes knee high boots is plenty. I'm not exaggerating when I tell you people have an absolute almost allergic reaction to any type of water. Lol. I've seen puddles scare people. Lol

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Welcome to NJ W&W.  Even if you do live in pork roll country.  I wish you all the best.  We have some great members here, and I'm sure you can hook up with one or more for some additional guidance.  I'm way up north in Taylor Ham land or would offer myself.  

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Pork Roll was new to me when I moved here and man do I love it. Haha. Thanks for good luck. I will be one happy hunter to just have a safe place to hang my stand without alot of BS. I am certainly willing to walk through some water or swamp to get there too. The swamps sound good since a lot of the scouting I did in Warton the brush was crazy thick. It at least opens up a little around the water. Some areas I went up in the climber I dont think I could have seen a deer unless it was directly below me. 

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