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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.

Trail-Cam_opt.jpgIn 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 (witnessed, non-certified scale at a Fish and Wildlife regional office 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. See the ad below for details.

The table above lists the top-scoring deer and the hunters who participated in the 2013 Garden State Deer Classic. The Classic showcased the outstanding deer taken during the 2011–12 deer hunting seasons, not the past 2012–13 hunting seasons. Those deer will be honored at the January 2014 Deer Classic. 36722.png

* 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.

2013 Garden State Deer Classic Winners*

Rank

Name

Score / Weight

County Harvested

DM Zone

135 Pound Doe—Archery

1st

Stephen J. Marton

141

Somerset

14

2nd

Courtney Erndl

138

Monmouth

50

135 Pound Doe—Shotgun

1st

Chad Watt

164

Salem

35

2nd

Christopher Hussey

144.5

Warren

7

200 Pound Buck—Archery

1st

Samuel Malespina

209

Mercer

14

200 Pound Buck—Crossbow

1st

Jeffrey Norton

202.25

Salem

35

Non-typical Archery

1st

Bryan Frye

151 1/8

Salem

35

2nd

Roger Austin, Jr.

148 7/8

Gloucester

25

3rd

Christopher Cornine

147 0/8

Morris

13

Non-typical Crossbow

1st

Jacob Morris

188 1/8

Monmouth

50

2nd

Clinton M. Hamilton

157 1/8

Monmouth

16

3rd

Joseph Feher

143 5/8

Warren

8

Non-typical Muzzleloader

1st

Robert L. Kish

156 7/8

Warren

5

2nd

Tobias J. Richman

149 4/8

Salem

27

Non-typical Shotgun

1st

Leslie Berry, Sr.

137 2/8

Cumberland

43

Typical Archery

1st

Joseph D. Rotola

158 0/8

Hunterdon

7

2nd

John Tietz

154 0/8

Mercer

41

3rd

John V. Miller

147 1/8

Cumberland

29

Typical Crossbow

1st

John Fieramosca

155 2/8

Monmouth

50

2nd

Anthony Margelis

147 2/8

Somerset

14

3rd

Edward Segreaves

145 6/8

Warren

7

Charles Kellogg

145 6/8

Sussex

6

Typical Muzzleloader

1st

Henry Corforte

139 4/8

Morris

6

2nd

Jerry Hackett

136 0/8

Salem

63

3rd

Paul G. Arrera, Jr.

128 7/8

Salem

27

Typical Shotgun

1st

Matt Venditti

144 7/8

Warren

7

2nd

James Puskas

144 6/8

Somerset

14

3rd

James B. Slomian

139 3/8

Middlesex

50

* For deer harvested during the 201112 hunting seasons.

Category

Minimum score

Typical Firearm

125

Non-typical Firearm

135

Typical Archery

125

Non-typical Archery

135

Typical Muzzleloader

125

Non-typical Muzzleloader

135

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