Barbertown Sportsmen's Club - Established - 1947

URGENT ALERTS FOR ALL CLUB MEMBERS!!!

 
Hunters Helping the Hungry
 
(HHH)
 
Fee Waived for
 
Venison Donation Program
 
JAN - FEB  2017
 
 The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has been informed that, beginning January 2017 and continuing to the end of February 2016, the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program will be waiving the $10 to $25 fee hunters are asked to pay to defray the costs when donating deer.  More than 1,500,000 meals have been distributed by the HHH program since its beginning in 1997.
 
Through December 1, 2016, HHH has helped deliver more than 8,115 pounds of venison, equating to 32,460 meals to the NJ food bank system. There are currently no state or federal funds for the program; the entire program is run directly from public donations. 
 
The HHH Board of Trustees is asking hunters to accept this effort as an invitation to get back in the woods and enjoy the extended seasons which New Jersey has to offer.

For information on Hunters Helping the Hungry in New Jersey, including a link to a recent news item about the program's success and a letter with more information on how the public can contribute to the program, visit
www.njfishandwildlife.com/hlphngry.htm on the Division's website.

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SPECIAL ALERT FOR STRIPED BASS FISHERMEN

      Bob Gieson (left) with 55 lb bass and Erik Olsen on the party boat Queen Mary in Point Pleasant, NJ

Bob Gieson (left) with his 55-pound striped bass and Erik Olsen on the party boat Queen Mary in Point Pleasant

 
The 2015 Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) will close at 12:00 AM, Friday, January 1, 2017.
Permits issued for 2016 are not valid in 2017.

Applications for the 2017 SBBP are currently not being accepted.

The NJ Marine Fisheries Council will make decisions early in 2017 regarding the future of the 2016 SBBP. A new application will need to be submitted for 2017.

Reporting of all harvested Bonus fish is mandatory.
Submit your logbooks in order to ensure eligibility for 2017.

Updated and new information about the SBBP will be on this webpage and sent to Marine Fisheries e-mail list subscribers and media outlets when issued.

New applications for individuals and party/charter boats are currently being processed in order of receipt. The number of permits issued will be limited at the Division's discretion based on harvest reports and other factors to ensure the 2017 quota is not exceeded.

Effective September 1, 2015, the SBBP regulations are as follows:

  • One fish at 34" or greater

Please note that the order of fish harvested does not matter.

New Jersey recreational striped bass regulations in all state waters are as follows:

  • One fish 28" to less than 43" AND one fish 43" or greater

Anglers are limited to one bonus permit only in 2016.

Party/Charter Boat Facet of the SBBP Reinstated For 2016

The Party/Charter Boat (PCBT) facet of the SBBP reopened on September 1, 2016. Data collected from this program has proved invaluable for managing striped bass. Qualified PCBTs will be issued a limited number of permits allowing customers to keep one Bonus Fish from 24" to less than 28". Only one permit may be issued to a customer per day.

PCBTs will be required to submit daily logbooks of their striped bass catch and will also be required to provide weekly reports of striped bass bonus harvest in order to ensure the quota is not exceeded. To apply, download the application and submit to the Division with a copy of a Captain's license. Applications will be processed by order of receipt. The application deadline for 2016 was December 3, 2016. Bonus Permits will not be issued for any applications postmarked after the deadline. Applications are currently not being accepted for 2017.

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

New Jersey is allocated a commercial harvest quota of striped bass under the Striped Bass Interstate Fisheries Management Plan as administered by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Since New Jersey does not allow netting or sale of striped bass, this quota was transferred to the recreational fishing sector resulting in the origin of the SBBP.

The current allocation from ASMFC is 215,912 pounds to be distributed between individual anglers and party/charter boats. Should NJ overshoot this quota in 2016, any overage would be subtracted from the 2017 quota. Although this program does allow for the harvest of an additional striped bass for New Jersey anglers, the Division encourages catch and release whenever possible so this species can prosper for future generations.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife initiated the program in 1990 to allow the harvest of an additional striped bass for New Jersey recreational anglers. Although the program has been modified throughout the years, the main goal of the SBBP is to allow anglers to participate in the management process while enjoying their favorite recreational pastime. It is a popular program and provides valuable data for assessing stock status and fishing trends, making it an integral part of New Jersey's striped bass management.


 
REGULATIONS/CHANGES TO PROGRAM

Note - New Jersey recreational striped bass regulations have been modified in all state waters to the following:

  • One fish 28" to less than 43" AND one fish 43" or greater

With a bonus permit, anglers can keep one fish 24 inches to less than 28 inches from September 1 to December 31. Please note the order of fish harvested does not matter (Bonus fish can be the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd fish).

Visit the Marine section of the Regulations page to check current Federal and State possession and season regulations for striped bass fishing in your area.

Participants in the Bonus Program can receive immediate notification of regulation updates, emergency closures, special notices, etc., by subscribing to the free NJ Marine Fishing E-mail List. For details, visit the E-mail List Subscription page.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The application deadline for a 2016 permit was December 3, 2016. Bonus Permits will not be issued for any applications postmarked after the deadline. Applications are currently not being accepted for 2017.

HARVEST REPORTING

The SBBP Permit must be securely attached to fish through the mouth and gill immediately upon capture and prior to transportation. Harvest reporting is mandatory and must be reported online or by leaving a message at 609-748-2074. Required reporting information includes name, permit #, phone number, date of harvest, and fish length.

Detailed information on procedures for reporting will be provided with each Bonus Permit issued.

STRIPED BASS FISHING LOG

Complete the daily log and mail or submit online by January 14, 2017.

Detailed information on procedures for completing and submitting fishing logs will be provided with each Bonus Permit issued.

If you require additional information concerning this program or any other striped bass issue, please call the Division's Nacote Creek office at 609-748-2020

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 TICK REMOVAL TIP

 

 Please forward to anyone with children, hunters, fishermen, and outdoor enthusiasts!!!

A School Nurse has written the info below -- good enough to share  -- And it really works!!

I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is great, because it works in those places where it's sometimes difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball.

Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on it's own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

This technique has worked every time.

I've used it (and that was frequently), and it's much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me.

Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this would be damaging in any way. I even had my doctor's wife call me for advice because she had one stuck to her back and she couldn't reach it with tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to say, 'It worked!!!'.

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THE USE OF CROSSBOWS IN ALL BOW SEASONS IN NJ & PA IS NOW LEGAL!!!

AND

SUNDAY HUNTING DURING ALL BOW SEASONS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY AND NJ F&W WMAs IS LEGAL.

BOWHUNTERS CAN NOW HUNT ON ANY SUNDAYS DURING ALL BOW SEASONS ON PRIVATE LAND AND ON NJF&W WMAs.

THIS MEANS THAT THERE WILL BE HUNTERS IN THE WOODS HUNTING ON SUNDAYS!!!  

BE CAREFUL IN THE WOODS AND KNOW YOUR TARGET AND BEYOND!!! 

THE BSC SHOOTING & TRAP RANGES WILL BE CLOSED ON SUNDAYS DURING ALL BOW SEASONS, BUT MAY BE OPENED FOR SPECIAL EVENTS &/OR PRIOR TO SHOTGUN AND MUZZLELOADER SEASONS. CONTACT ANY CLUB OFFICER TO STATE YOUR CASE. 

ALL HUNTERS AND SHOOTING MEMBERS ARE TO TAKE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN SIGHTING IN WEAPONS ON ANY OF THE RANGES, TRAP SHOOTING, &/OR TARGET SHOOTING ON SUNDAYS IF PERMISSION IS GRANTED!!!!

ALL RANGE SAFETY RULES APPLY WHEN USING THE RANGE.

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New Jersey Saltwater Angler Registry Program January 1, 2017
 
The NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds saltwater anglers that the FREE New Jersey Saltwater Angler Registry Program requires most New Jersey saltwater anglers to register prior to fishing in 2017.

You must register if you*

    * Fish for or catch anadromous species (striped bass, shad, river herring) in state tidal waters
    * Fish in Federal waters (more than 3 miles from shore)

You do not have to register if you*

    * Are under 16 years of age
    * Only fish on federally licensed party or charter boats
    * Hold a Highly Migratory Species Angling Permit

FREE NJ Saltwater Fishing Registry LINK

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Bowhunting Safety Zone Perimeter Bill Signed by Governor

August 20, 2010

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced that the bowhunter perimeter bill has been signed by Governor Christie and is now law. The new law changes the area for bow hunting around an occupied building to 150 feet, and will assist in providing a means of accessing and controlling deer populations.

The minimum distance from an occupied building where a bowhunter may have a nocked arrow is now reduced from 450 feet to 150 feet. Carrying a bow with a nocked arrow within 150 feet of an occupied building or 450 feet of any school playground is prohibited. Any portion of the school grounds (including fields used for sports), that could be used for play or recreation, is considered to be part of a playground.

The owner or lessee of a building-and persons specifically authorized by the owner or lessee in writing (written permission must be in possession while hunting)-may hunt within 150 feet of the building. Persons authorized to hunt within 150 feet of a building must hunt from an elevated position to shoot down toward the ground. Shooting into a safety zone is prohibited.

See the for more information regarding safety zones. Hunters should be completely familiar with safety zone regulations before taking to the field.

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