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Programs and Events at the Pequest Trout Hatchery

The public is invited to learn about New Jersey's fish and wildlife resources and ways to enjoy them through special programs and events at Pequest. Take advantage of these unique opportunities and get outdoors!
  • All programs and special events, including parking, are FREE unless otherwise noted.

  • Registration requirements vary by program - see individual programs for details. For registration or information call 908-637-4125 ext. 0.

  • Events are held rain or shine outdoors so dress for the weather.

  • Programs and special events at Pequest are supported through the sale of fishing and hunting licenses and related stamps. In order to help us continue to offer programs and special events, participants are encouraged to purchase a fishing license at the Natural Resource Education Center or online at www.nj.wildlifelicense.com.

MARCH

Hunter Education - Firearms
Saturday, March 11
9:00 a.m.

Get ready for hunting by taking a hunter education class at the hatchery. Participants must have the completed homework or paid voucher and be registered. Registration is via the license website at www.nj.wildlifelicense.com. Licenses will be available at the front desk for students completing the course. Youth hunting licenses are free!

Turkey Hunting Seminar and Calling Clinic
Saturday, March 11
1:00 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for participants of all ages and skill levels to learn about turkey hunting and the latest turkey hunting techniques.

The program will be conducted by former DFW biologist and retired regional biologist for the National Wild Turkey Federation Bob Eriksen, an avid turkey hunter. Bob will cover the agency's Wild Turkey Restoration Project, the life history of the state's largest and smartest game bird, and share some excellent tips for beginners and experienced turkey hunters.

There will be a calling clinic conducted by members of the NJ Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation at 2:30 p.m. immediately following the seminar. The clinic is oriented for youngsters aged 10 to 18 but is open to all individuals. Chapter members will demonstrate the use of box, slate, and air operated turkey calls.

Registration opens February 25 for this program, and is required. For more information or to register call 908-637-4125 x0.

APRIL

Hunter Education - Firearms and Archery
Saturday, April 1
8:00 a.m.

Get ready for hunting by taking a hunter education class at the hatchery. Participants must have the completed homework or paid voucher and be registered. Registration is via the license website at www.nj.wildlifelicense.com. Licenses will be available at the front desk for students completing the course. Youth hunting licenses are free!

Hunter Education - Firearms and Archery
Sunday, April 2
8:00 a.m.

Get ready for hunting by taking a hunter education class at the hatchery. Participants must have the completed homework or paid voucher and be registered. Registration is via the license website at www.nj.wildlifelicense.com. Licenses will be available at the front desk for students completing the course. Youth hunting licenses are free!

April 3 - June 1
Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit
Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Pequest will be host to the Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit. The Junior Duck Stamp Contest is open to all private, public, or home schooled children K-12 in the US and US Territories. Student must be a US citizen, resident alien, or national. Each state holds an annual contest.

Awards are given to First, Second, Third, and Honorable Mention winners in four grade groups: Group I are students in Grades K to 3rd; Group II Grades 4-6; Group III Grades 7-9th; and Group IV Grades 10-12th. The Best of Show winner of the state is selected from the twelve first place winners and goes on to compete nationally for the honor of having a Junior Duck Stamp created from their artwork. Come stop by Pequest to view these amazing pieces of art!

JUNE

Pequest Open House and Sportsmen's Flea Market
Saturday & Sunday, June 3 and 4
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Every year the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center opens its doors to the public for the annual Open House, which usually takes place the weekend before Trout Season opens. The Open House is free of charge and is held rain or shine.

This event is great for people of all ages and there are so many things to see and do throughout the day. The Open House allows the Division to show off the trout we raise at the state-of-the-art Pequest Trout Hatchery and it serves as a reminder that spring has just arrived.

Each year, thousands of people come to the hatchery to experience this event for themselves. And each year, the Division strives to make this a bigger event than the year before. This year we will be inviting many different outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists to join us in our celebrations. There will be numerous environmental and conservation exhibits, historical reenactors, wildlife artists, carvers and taxidermists with goods and services to sell.

Activities include fishing for kids between the ages of 4 and 16, archery ranges for those aged 10 years and above, hunter education (pre-registration required), and more. A sportsmen's flea market will be open so you can purchase what you need to get started or to stock up for the upcoming fishing and hunting seasons.

Food vendors will also participate or you can bring your own lunch and enjoy our picnic groves. Please leave pets at home - only service dogs are permitted on site.

The Open House is a great way for people of all ages to celebrate spring's arrival. Families, friends, scout troops, church groups, fishing clubs and anyone else who enjoys the outdoors are encouraged to spend a day at this event!

Please note that the rear entrance is closed during Open House. There is no bus parking available.

 

Weather fans take note: The Pequest Trout Hatchery has become the newest link in Rutgers University's weather station network. The hatchery is now the site of one of 13 stations throughout the state that feed data to the state's weather and climate monitoring system. To view current weather conditions visit: www.njweather.org/station/1029.

The Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center is located on Rt. 46 nine miles west of Hackettstown in scenic Warren County. On-line directions are available. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) and admission is free.

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Last Updated: April 18, 2017