|New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife|
For more information contact:
David Chanda at 609-292-9450
Governor Christine Todd Whitman recently declared September 26 - October 2 as Fish and Wildlife Conservation Week and September 25 as National Hunting Fishing Day (NHFD) in New Jersey. Scheduled to begin the day after NHFD, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Week seeks to recognize and commend the sporting community for more than a century of leadership and commitment in conserving our fish and wildlife resources.
"Due to budget constraints, the Division cannot offer as many Fish and Wildlife Conservation Week activities as in past years, however, we are offering a handful of events throughout the state to commemorate the occasion," said Division Director Bob McDowell.
"These activities are designed to get individuals and families outdoors and acquaint them with the variety of wildlife that inhabits our state," said David Chanda, chief of the Division's Office of Wildlife Education.
Following is a list of upcoming activities.
Introduction to Shooting Sports at Union County Trap and Skeet Range
12 noon - 4 p.m.
All equipment provided by the Division. Instructors will coach youngsters on the use of air rifles and bows and arrows. Beginning shooters aged 10 and up may also receive instruction on the shotgun range.
Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day
Take time to introduce a young hunter to the exciting sport of waterfowl hunting in a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere. Occurs statewide, 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset. Licensed youth hunters, aged 10-15, accompanied by a licensed adult (18 years or older) will be permitted to hunt for ducks, Canada geese and Atlantic brant. Youths may hunt on public lands and waters or private lands/waters with permission. Federal and state duck stamps are not needed for this hunt. Non-toxic shot is required. See Migratory Bird Supplement for bag limits.
Cane Pole Fishing at the Pequest Trout Hatchery & Natural Resource Education Center
Rt. 46 nine miles west of Hackettstown 1 p.m.
Youngsters ages 5-7 will learn fishing safety and techniques through use of a simple cane pole, hook, line and bobber. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. Call 908-637-4125.
"Whales and the Ocean Environment" at the Pequest Trout Hatchery & Natural Resource Education Center
Rt. 46 nine miles west of Hackettstown
Learn how litter and plastics affect marine wildlife and ocean habitat. A program for the entire family.