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The 2014 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Guide is now available!
To view the new guide, please download the pdf. Check back in the coming days as we work to put up the new 2014 website.

Below is content from the 2013 guide.

Wildlife Programs Outstanding Deer

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New Jersey’s Outstanding White-tailed Deer Program, initiated in 1964, includes categories for typical and non-typical antlered deer taken with bow, crossbow, shotgun and muzzleloading rifle, in addition to the weight categories listed below. A velvet category is added for early bow season deer.

In the Antlered Division, New Jersey’s Outstanding Deer Program uses the most common system in North America used for rating antlers as developed by the Boone and Crockett Club. This scoring system gives credit to antler length, spread, number of points, massiveness and symmetry. This measurement system also is used by the Pope & Young Club’s Bowhunting Big Game Records Program. Deer must have been taken under the Boone and Crockett-defined rules of fair chase. Deer taken from enclosed hunting lands are not eligible. Note: It is best to have the rack measured before it is mounted. Don’t wait!

In the Weight Division, the program recognizes exceptional body size as determined by the field dressed weight, including heart and liver removed. Two categories, one for bucks reaching or exceeding 200 pounds (proof of weight must be confirmed on a certified scale* for buck entries—no truck scales**—with the weighmaster’s signature on a letterhead receipt or on the entry form, available on our website) and one for field dressed does reaching or exceeding 135 pounds (either on a Fish and Wildlife regional office scale or at a certified scale).

Any properly licensed hunter, regardless of residency, is eligible to enter the Outstanding Deer Program. Deer must be taken in accordance with New Jersey wildlife laws and regulations. Applications are due Nov. 1NO EXCEPTIONS. Additional rules are included on the official application form which consists of the original score sheet, hunter information form plus a clear photo of the hunter with the deer. These forms with instructions are available on Fish and Wildlife’s website NJFishandWildlife.com/outdeer.htm or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, Outstanding Deer Program, MC 501-03, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420. State the type of form (Antlered Division, typical or non-typical; Weight Division, 200 Pound Buck or 135 Pound Doe). There is no entry fee.

All qualified entries will be added to New Jersey’s All Time List. For questions, call Cindy Kuenstner at (609) 633-7598.

Qualifying entries for deer taken during the previous hunting seasons are displayed and recognized at the annual Garden State Deer Classic. Join Fish and Wildlife in celebrating New Jersey’s outstanding white-tailed deer at the Deer Classic in January at the Garden State Outdoor Sportsmen’s Show.

The table above lists the top-scoring deer and the hunters who participated in the 2014 Garden State Deer Classic which showcased outstanding deer taken during the 2012–13 deer hunting seasons, not the most recent 2013–14 hunting seasons. These deer will be honored at the January 2015 Deer Classic.

* See entry form. A certified scale might be available at the following businesses:

  • Warehouse with shipping department
  • Concrete, sand and gravel company
  • Junk yard or scrap metal recycler
  • Marina with party and charter boat fishing

Visit our website for a partial list of certified scales or contact your county weights and measures office. Be sure to locate a scale before the hunting season begins!

** A truck scale is not acceptable as the increments are too large.

Category

Minimum score

Typical Firearm

125

Non-typical Firearm

135

Typical Archery

125

Non-typical Archery

135

Typical Muzzleloader

125

Non-typical Muzzleloader

135

2014 Garden State Deer Classic Winners*

Rank

Name

Score / Weight

County Harvested

DM Zone

135 Pound Doe—Shotgun

1st

Nicholas Casella

146

Gloucester

35

200 Pound Archery

1st

Glen K. Homan

226.25

Gloucester

49

2nd

Nicholas A. Bergamo

213

Cumberland

47

200 Pound Buck—Crossbow

1st

Dennis R. Butler

222

Salem

27

Non-typical Archery

1st

Drew Hoglen, III

157 7/8

Salem

27

2nd

Dakota Hetman

147 5/8

Monmouth

17

3rd

Thomas Gerard

144 4/8

Gloucester

25

Non-typical Crossbow

1st

David Tomlinson

145 4/8

Burlington

23

Non-typical Muzzleloader

1st

Robert Staudt

157 3/8

Somerset

14

2nd

Paul Bouchard

149 3/8

Monmouth

16

3rd

Dana F. Wiberg

140 5/8

Gloucester

35

Non-typical Shotgun

1st

Alvin M. Matlack, Jr.

148 1/8

Gloucester

49

2nd

John A. Foster

141 3/8

Hunterdon

8

3rd

Troy Lail

136 5/8

Gloucester

35

Typical Archery

1st

David Delfa

158 7/8

Middlesex

14

2nd

William J. Luke

157 5/8

Sussex

2

3rd

Nicholas Bockbrader

151 1/8

Warren

5

Typical Crossbow

1st

Michael J. Lacken

149 1/8

Sussex

5

2nd

Michael J. Esposito, Jr.

147 1/8

Camden

49

3rd

Eddie Price

144 6/8

Salem

35

Typical Muzzleloader

1st

Jason Hoffman

149 3/8

Camden

25

2nd

Jamie McQuaid

135 6/8

Morris

13

3rd

Zachary S. Hitchner

129 0/8

Salem

28

Typical Shotgun

1st

William Sigle

138 2/8

Hunterdon

11

2nd

Brian LaGrave

133 4/8

Sussex

6

3rd

Christopher S. Chamberlain

127 2/8

Sussex

1

Velvet—Non-typical Archery

1st

Matthew C. Bergamo

150 0/8

Gloucester

35

Velvet—Typical Archery

1st

Peter Paradise

128 4/8

Morris

9

* For deer harvested during the 2012–13 hunting seasons.

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