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I posted about that issue long ago. No one seemed to care.  

It's hopeless!  The anti's participate in FW polls the hunters do not participate.  

NJ hunters don't do anything except whine after its to late.

When they are given an opportunity to participate they don't. 

The FW Council minutes make that perfectly clear.

For example...

-Add an early Fall Bow season to DMZ 37 - 8 in favor and 227 opposed.

-Add extended Winter Bow Season to DMZ 53 - 5 in favor and 226 opposed.

-Add future ML dates for DMZ 37 and 53

- 5 in favor and 223 opposed.

-Create a Regulation Set Permit for Reg Sets 7 and 8 - 8 in favor and 203 opposed.

-Add future SG dates for DMZs 37, 39, 53, and 66 - 3 in favor and 224 opposed.

-Increase SG permits for DMZ 66 - 6 in favor and 221 opposed.

-Incorporate Forsythe NWR into surrounding DMZs - 3 in favor and 212 opposed.

-Decrease bow permits for DMZ 66 - 208 in favor and 8 opposed.

-Incorporate Permit Bow dates for DMZs 37 and 53 into Reg Set 4 - 4 in favor and 77 opposed.

- Add future SG and ML dates for DMZ 38 - 5 in favor and 216 opposed.

Ostrich syndrome rules in NJ!

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Hello all,

 

This is a copy of a post I have put up on behalf of UBNJ....

 

[emoji599]Tomorrow there are multiple bills up for hearing in the agriculture committee tomorrow which bans hunting contests. This would mean the end of the NJ Deer Classic, the UBNJ Big Buck Contest, and could also hurt fishing tournaments as well. [emoji599] Please call the following legislators and tell them you are opposed to this bill. Space and Dancer are already on the Sportsmens side.

These are the committee members to call: Assemblyman Space ® 973-300-0200

Assemblyman Houghtaling (D) 732-695-3371

Assemblywoman Swain (D) 201-576-9199

Assemblyman Armato (D) 609-382-5421

Assemblyman Dancer ® 609-758-0205

Please help get the word out & Thank you for your assistance!

 

 

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Also, this is copied post from president of the federation:

My Fellow Sportsmen and Sportswomen,

I have found out that there is a meeting of the Assembly Agriculture Committee on Wednesday January 27, 2021 at 9 AM

They are taking written and oral testimony on several bills, one of them is A1365 (Prohibits harassing or taking of certain wildlife at competitive events).

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ?

Well,

THIS COULD END ALL THE DEER CLASSICS !

THIS COULD END ALL DISPLAYING OF MOUNTS AT ANY OUTDOOR SHOW !

THIS COULD END YOUR HUNTING !

THIS COULD END YOUR TRAPPING !

Enforceable by municipal police officers, the State Police, and law enforcement officers in the Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Division of Parks and Forestry in the Department of Environmental Protection.

Loss of license, fines and jail time.

What if a hunter is legally hunting and is not aware of a "contest" that is occurring elsewhere. Is he in violation of this "law" ?

What if a trapper is trapping and is not aware of a "contest" near him. Could that be considered "participating" ?

Even the proud photos that every hunters likes to take and show their family and friends the buck they harvested. Could that be considered a "contest"?
His "prize" is his harvest!

Thanks,

Wade Stein - NJSFSC President


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Merged topics, kept @Flyarcher.X's title.

Everyone should note the ban of hunting contests could have far reaching implications as the definition/scope of "contest" could be subjective and apply to a lot of things.  With that said, and specific to this site, our hunting contests would very likely have to end if this became an enforceable law.  This type of bill has been suggested and presented in legislature for years but has never been approved (with good reason!).  We hope the trend of voting these types of bills down continues as we enjoy hunting, sharing, and celebrating the success of our hunts.  And as long as hunters are hunting within the defined seasons and bag limits, the concept and practice of hosting a contest that coincides and aligns with those regulations makes the subject of the contest's legality irrelevant.  How can someone legally hunt and kill an animal but somehow that legal act suddenly becomes illegal because there is a contest that recognizes that legal act?  It is clear this bill does not make any logical sense and is a blatant attack on hunting aimed at encroaching on the bigger picture of hunting's legality.  Please make the calls and pass the word along to continue fighting these types of illogical bills!

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ASSEMBLY, No. 1365

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

219th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2020 SESSION

 

 

 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  DANIEL R. BENSON

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Assemblyman  ERIC HOUGHTALING

District 11 (Monmouth)

Assemblywoman  CAROL A. MURPHY

District 7 (Burlington)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblyman Clifton, Assemblywomen Vainieri Huttle, Jasey and Assemblyman Dancer

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Prohibits harassing or taking of certain wildlife at competitive event; establishes penalties.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel.

  

 

An Act concerning the harassing or taking of certain wildlife at competitive events, and supplementing Title 23 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    As used in this act:

     "Competitive event" means any activity, competition, contest, derby, tournament, or other organized activity where participants are encouraged to take wildlife and are rewarded by the receipt of a prize or any kind of inducement or reward.

     "Covered wildlife" means all animal life existing in a wild state, or any part, product, egg, or offspring, or the dead body or parts, thereof, except for fish, shellfish, mollusks, or crustaceans. 

     "Division" means the Division of Fish and Wildlife in the Department of Environmental Protection.

     "Harass" means to annoy, attack, disrupt normal behavior patterns of, or otherwise disturb wildlife without taking it.

     "Person" means any individual, association, estate, firm, joint venture, limited liability corporation organization, partnership, receiver, syndicate, trust, or other legal entity.

     "Take" means to hunt, capture, kill, trap, catch, net, possess, or collect, or to attempt to hunt, capture, kill, trap, catch, net, possess, or collect, wildlife.

 

     2.    a.  It shall be unlawful to harass or take covered wildlife at a competitive event.  It shall be unlawful for any person to organize, sponsor, promote, conduct, or participate in a competitive event at which the participants harass or take covered wildlife.

     b.    A person who violates this section shall be guilty of a disorderly persons offense and, in addition to the applicable penalties pursuant to Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes, shall be subject to a five-year suspension of:

     (1)   any license or permit issued to the person by the Division of Fish and Wildlife; and

     (2)   all privileges to take or possess wildlife.

     c.     Any covered wildlife injured as a result of a competitive event held in violation of this section shall be transported to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator or State licensed veterinarian for proper treatment or, if necessary, the administration of humane euthanasia.  Euthanasia shall only be administered after the best efforts to rehabilitate and release the animal have failed.

     d.    The Division of Fish and Wildlife shall forfeit the remains of any covered wildlife killed at a competitive event held in violation of this section, or euthanized pursuant to subsection c. of this section, from the organizer, participant, or promotor in possession thereof, as applicable.  It shall become the property of the division.

     e.     The provisions of this section may be enforced by municipal police officers, the State Police, and law enforcement officers in the Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Division of Parks and Forestry in the Department of Environmental Protection.

 

     3.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill prohibits the harassing or taking of certain wildlife (defined as "covered wildlife" in the bill) at a competitive event, and any person from organizing, sponsoring, promoting, conducting, or participating in a competitive event at which the participants harass or take covered wildlife. "Covered wildlife" is defined in the bill as all animal life existing in a wild state, or any part, product, egg, or offspring, or the dead body or parts, thereof, except for fish, shellfish, mollusks, or crustaceans.

     The bill provides that a person who violates the prohibitions in the bill would be guilty of a disorderly persons offense and, in addition to the applicable penalties pursuant to Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes, would also have suspended for five years:

     1)    any license or permit issued to the person by the Division of Fish and Wildlife; and

     2)    all privileges to take or possess wildlife.

     A disorderly persons offense is subject to a penalty of up to six months of imprisonment, a fine up to $1,000, or both.

     This bill requires any covered wildlife injured as a result of a competitive event to be transported to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator or State licensed veterinarian for proper treatment or to be euthanized if necessary.  The bill authorizes the Division of Fish and Wildlife to forfeit the remains of any covered wildlife killed at a competitive event held in violation of this bill or euthanized as a result of the competitive event.  Forfeited remains would become property of the Division of Fish and Wildlife. The bill directs municipal police officers, the State Police, and law enforcement officers in the Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Division of Parks and Forestry in the Department of Environmental Protection to enforce the bill's provisions.

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4 hours ago, BowhunterNJ said:

Merged topics, kept @Flyarcher.X's title.

Everyone should note the ban of hunting contests could have far reaching implications as the definition/scope of "contest" could be subjective and apply to a lot of things.  With that said, and specific to this site, our hunting contests would very likely have to end if this became an enforceable law.  This type of bill has been suggested and presented in legislature for years but has never been approved (with good reason!).  We hope the trend of voting these types of bills down continues as we enjoy hunting, sharing, and celebrating the success of our hunts.  And as long as hunters are hunting within the defined seasons and bag limits, the concept and practice of hosting a contest that coincides and aligns with those regulations makes the subject of the contest's legality irrelevant.  How can someone legally hunt and kill an animal but somehow that legal act suddenly becomes illegal because there is a contest that recognizes that legal act?  It is clear this bill does not make any logical sense and is a blatant attack on hunting aimed at encroaching on the bigger picture of hunting's legality.  Please make the calls and pass the word along to continue fighting these types of illogical bills!

Thanks I'm busy right now.

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“In a civilized and cultivated country, wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen.” -Theodore Roosevelt

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