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  1. I mostly hunt solo so I try not to get in too deep having almost learned the hard way a couple times. I now carry a telescoping reach pole that has a maximum diameter of about 1.5 inches and will reach out about 18 feet. Without extension its about 6 feet. I use it as a pole for balance in muck soils and crossing ditches and to retrieve decoys and fallen birds.
  2. I'm sure you can find a guide service so long as you're licensed etc. Might also find some private property to hunt if you don't mind knocking on doors. New Jersey also has a lot of public salt marsh if you're willing to walk in. Key is to make sure you can retrieve what you shoot. Can be good puddle duck hunting.
  3. I'm a sneak box guy, but if your looking at the boat as transportation to a spot and not to hunt from then maybe go aluminum. Sneakboxes also don't make good family fishing/crabbing boats. Stuff will show up on marketplace, craigs list etc. My suggestion is to think it all through so you don't waste money. If you're handy and can repair fiberglass or wood boats then you might get something on the cheap.
  4. The Burlington County Soil Conservation District is looking for a full time Site Inspector. Please see the attachment for details. This is entry level, but advancement is possible. The Burlington County Soil Conservation District Full Time Job Opportunity Title: Site Inspector Annual Salary: $41,200.00 plus benefits Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM Position Summary: · Responsible for inspecting active construction sites to ensure regulatory compliance with the New Jersey Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act. · Con
  5. Great idea! As part of your choice consider how big a tree can fit in the location you want to plant it and whether it is full sun or will be below other trees. Choosing something native to the area will also be a better benefit to insects and birds. Dogwoods are attractive but don't always tolerate full sun. If you have a lot of room a Tulip Poplar is a very nice tree. Also try a Holly If there aren't many nearby.
  6. Confidence decoys are legal. Just don’t harvest anything out of season. Welcome to the obsession and good luck!
  7. It is 40 hours a week and does have health benefits.
  8. Good question and something I would want to know as an applicant. I will try to get hold of someone and ask.
  9. This isn't a position I'm hiring for, but I thought someone here could be interested. Read the document and good luck! NJ_FBB_job_announcement_draft.pdf
  10. Could always set out those decoys and see what comes in?
  11. Came across this young buck behind a shed in a residential subdivision off Rt 68 in Burlington County. When I saw him it took me me a minute to realize he was laying down. Not knowing if he was injured I just backed up.
  12. This guy was hanging out in the middle of the Mount Holly Gardens redevelopment. Never did move
  13. I've never gone looking for sheds, but thought I might try this year since I see bucks behind my office fairly often. The ground behind my office is a mix of meadow type grass and young trees with a couple mature oaks along hedge rows. Is it best to follow game trails or look for places where antlers would get caught up in vegetation? Thanks in advance. Bob
  14. That would be governor snowflake! Sent home due to not perfect weather!
  15. It looked like their was a lot of morning activity. I like to hunt the afternoon on the last day. Kind of a tradition to watch the sun set in the season. Had a good last day. Shot one black duck on the walk out and one over my decoys. Had another pair come in after I had my second black so I got to enjoy the splash down and watch them swim for a bit. Any other reports?
  16. Never really thought about it but I hunted an area yesterday that doesn’t see much pressure. Had 15 or so Bufflehead near, only 3 hens.
  17. That was me growing up Jerseyducker! My Dad would guard the decoys after the early flight and I’d take my chances on the marsh. Stealth versus survival. Some days it seems easy other days impossible! 4-5 mile marsh walks is a lot of work! Good luck with the rest of the season.
  18. Thanks! I guess its a little bit of a memoir because I can remember sitting in the brush as an 11 year 35 years ago watching ducks come in and getting nervous. If you haven't ever tried jump shooting ducks you should try some time. I love it, but that's because I can be a sneaky bastard!
  19. I enjoy true waterfowling as much as the next guy. I love knowing I've put out a good spread and I'm hidden enough enough to fool birds. Not just flying past, but wings cupped and feet down. But this has been a different season and I've never been patient in the blind, perhaps why I don't deer hunt. Owing to this and some time constraints I've been hunting more and waterfowling less. Saturday and yesterday I found myself with fair tides, winds and just enough time to run down to the marsh to jump shoot. I enjoy walking the marsh and it reminds me a lot of quail hunting ( wild quail). I
  20. Sounds like a good recipe to me, just remember to dial your expectations back from mallard or venison. I consider Diver to be an acquired taste, like cognac!
  21. I think adds are present on any site with free content. Having the adds is an adjustment, but for me is far outweighed by the quality of the content. Thanks for doing all the heavy lifting! Bob
  22. Congrats on the hunt, but do yourself a favor and don’t rush it to the plate. Most game needs thoughtful preparation. Brine it for a day, then soak in water for another day. In the meantime read up on some recipes.
  23. I checked on the applicability of Farm Bill programs to leased State lands yesterday. The answer I received was yes. I believe these programs would be good for WMA fields, but they are still only optional, not mandatory.
  24. I think I would have gained a lot from that conference. We flew about 400 acres on in Burlington County of which about 300 acres was soybeans. I believe the later harvest of soybean is the main conflict with the the seeding deadline of September 15th set by NRCS if cover crop planting is not performed until after harvest and if the mixture contains a brasica. Hopefully the Technical Committee can provide a little relief for that hard date. For these WMA fields it sure would be nice if they could be left as food plots. The photo above are a bean field in Medford Township, the first p
  25. No, strictly for cover crop, but NRCS has programs specifically for Quail habitat and also Black Duck Habitat. I believe these are also funded at a high percentage. For the Burlington/Camden/Ocean county office call the USDA Columbus Service Center at (609) 534-9477 with any questions. NRCS is not currently effected by the shutdown.
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