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Youth Division

New Jersey’s Outstanding White-tailed Deer Program has a Youth Division!

The Outstanding Deer Program is designed to showcase the fine quality deer produced in the Garden State and recognize the hunters who harvested them with a bow, crossbow, shotgun or muzzleloading rifle.

Joining the program’s regular Open Division is a Youth Division for hunters ages 10–16 with eased entry requirements reduced by 10 points (inches) for all Antler categories and a reduction in the Weight categories by 10 or 20 pounds for doe and buck, respectively. (See table below for minimum entry requirements.)

For the Antler Category, Youth Division deer may be unofficially scored by our trained volunteers who need not be an official measurer. All Open Division deer must be scored by an official measurer. Visit our website at NJFishandWildlife.com/outdeer.htm for the list of official measurers, program background, rules, score/entry forms and more.

Youth Division hunters must be prepared to submit a digital, high resolution, respectful photo of hunter and deer after their entry has been confirmed. (Day of harvest field photos must be Photoshopped or cropped to conceal any blood or the body cavity.) A family photo is encouraged! Only Youth Division hunters (not Open Division hunters who may email or call Cindy, below) may arrange for a measuring appointment by calling John Messeroll of the State Federation of Sportsmen’s Club at (732) 735-1672. Don’t wait for the deadline to approach before having your deer scored.

Applications are due Nov. 1 — NO EXCEPTIONS.

First place Youth Division hunters in each category may display a mounted deer at the Garden State Deer Classic, whether as a European skull mount or a taxidermy mount. All other Youth Division entrants’ photos will be digitally displayed at the event.

Open Division

Open Division hunters will be invited to display their deer mount, as always, at the Deer Classic.

The Outstanding Deer Program follows the measuring standards developed by the Boone and Crockett Club. This scoring system gives credit to antler length, spread, number of points, mass and symmetry. Legally harvested 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 categories, the program recognizes exceptional body size as determined by the field-dressed weight, all vitals removed. Minimum eligible weights are listed in the chart. Bucks must be weighed on a certified scale (no truck scales**) with the weighmaster’s signature on a letterhead receipt or on the entry form, available on our website; does must be weighed either on a Fish and Wildlife regional office scale or on a certified scale with proof as above.

Any properly licensed hunter, regardless of residency, is eligible to enter the Outstanding Deer Program with their deer from the previous year’s hunting seasons. Deer must be taken in accordance with New Jersey wildlife laws and regulations. Official entry form consists of the original score sheet, hunter information form plus a clear photo of the hunter with their deer. These forms with instructions are available on Fish and Wildlife’s website NJFishandWildlife.com/outdeer.htm. There is no entry fee.

Applications are due Nov. 1 — NO EXCEPTIONS.

For questions about the Open Division, email Cindy Kuenstner at Cindy.Kuenstner@dep.nj.gov or call (609) 633-7598.

Qualifying entries for deer harvested during the 2016–17 hunting seasons will be recognized at the 2019 Garden State Deer Classic. Join Fish and Wildlife in celebrating New Jersey’s outstanding white-tailed deer where this event takes place in January at the Garden State Outdoor Sportsmen’s Show, Edison.

The table at right lists the top-scoring deer and the hunters who participated in the 2019 Garden State Deer Classic which showcased outstanding deer taken during the 2017–18 deer hunting seasons, not the most recent 2018–19 hunting seasons. These deer will be honored at the January 2020 Deer Classic and printed in next year’s 2020 Hunting & Trapping Digest.

† See entry form. Visit our website (https://www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/scale_list.pdf) 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.

2019 Garden State Deer Classic Winners*

Rank

Name

Score/Weight

DMZ

Hometown

Youth Division

Youth – Typical Archery

1st

Nathan Van Wingerden

124 7/8

36

Lincoln Park

Youth – Typical Crossbow

1st

Shaelyn Summers

119 4/8

36

Branchville

2nd

Alexandra Margelis

115 1/8

14

Hillsborough

Youth – Typical Shotgun

1st

Justin Tiver

125 2/8

19

Southampton

Youth – Velvet Typical Crossbow

1st

Andrew Casto

124 7/8

35

Carney’s Point

Open Division

200 Pound Buck – Archery

1st

Michael J. Beach

205 Pounds

13

Mount Arlington

200 Pound Buck – Crossbow

1st

Keith Malespina

214 Pounds

14

Trenton

2nd

John Skitka

201 Pounds

14

Monmouth Junction

Typical Muzzleloader

1st

Corwin Myers

161 5/8

7

Stockton

2nd

Nick Hill

149 4/8

63

Alloway

3rd

Steve Fontana

147 0/8

67

Hamburg

Non-typical Muzzleloader

1st

Wes Kille

165 4/8

35

Swedesboro

2nd

Martin Morse, Jr

150 2/8

29

Greenwich

3rd

Gary M. Vail

140 5/8

25

Williamstown

Typical Shotgun

1st

Dave Hulitt, Jr

149 3/8

31

Millville

2nd

Justin Stafford

138 2/8

27

Swedesboro

3rd

James Ziola

135 6/8

50

Parlin

Typical Crossbow

1st

Anthony Tardibuono

147 7/8

3

Rutherford

2nd

Shannon Sullivan

147 4/8

51

Tinton Fall

3rd

David W. Hunter

145 6/8

28

Malaga

Non-typical Crossbow

1st

Joe Lista

167 3/8

9

Englishtown

2nd

Bill Hadzimichalis

151 7/8

15

North Brunswick

3rd

Vincent J. Schaible

149 3/8

8

Hampton

Velvet – Typical Archery

1st

Jason DelPalazzo

163 6/8

49

Hainsport

2nd

Patrick Stiles

134 2/8

50

Belford

Velvet – Typical Crossbow

1st

Keith Malespina

140 7/8

14

Trenton

Typical Archery

1st

Doug Zirkle

158 7/8

29

Bridgeton

2nd

Robert Little

145 3/8

4

Newfoundland

3rd

David J. Hemple

143 6/8

28

Bridgeton

Non-typical Archery

1st

Kevin Kinney

180 0/8

7

Oxford

2nd

Shawn Doyle

152 0/8

51

Manasquan

3rd

Stan Bieranowski

145 7/8

48

Levittown, PA

Outstanding Deer Program Minimum Requirements

Antler Category

Open Division Minimum

Youth Division Minimum

Typical Shotgun, Bow, Crossbow, Muzzleloader, Velvet

125

115

Non-typical Shotgun, Bow, Crossbow, Muzzleloader, Velvet

135

125

Weight Category

Buck: Shotgun, Bow, Crossbow, Muzzleloader

200 lbs.

180 lbs.

Doe: Shotgun, Bow, Crossbow, Muzzleloader

135 lbs.

125 lbs.