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Cool. I have a binder of licenses for both deer and duck dating back to the 1960s. Most were from my dad. Amazing how thick those cardboard licenses were back then and now they are so thin and small.
 

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I remember well the '82 PA "pink license", LOL. And some of you young bucks are making me feel old[hihi]

I've managed to keep every hunting and fishing license I've ever gotten dating back to the mid 70s. And all the stamps - or most at least
 

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I have a lot of my game laws and migartory laws from when I was younger. I started hunting in 1968.
I have an assortment my grandfather's licences and game laws from 1915 and scattered years up into the 1950's. In 1915 a license was $1.00 and it included fishing.
The first ever New Jesrsey hunting license was issued in 1909, so the 1915 license was issued in only the 7th season that required a hunting license.

I am attaching a photo of his 1915 NJ and a 1921
Pa. license.
In the 1920's he attended Penn State for forestry and I have his Pa. sew-on licenses from when he was a student.

Interestingly, in Pa. the following (abbreviated list) could be killed at any time with or without a license: (From 1920 Pa. game laws)
blue jays, kingfishers, buzzard, goshawk, sharp shinned hawk, Cooper's hawk, red tailed hawk, red shouldered hawk, broad winged hawk, marsh hawk, rough legged hawk, duck hawk, barred owl, great gray owl, great horned owl, snowy owl, hawk owl , blue heron, green heron, and night herons.

It's miracle that we still have all of these species today.


Bounties were offered for the following;
$8 for wild cats. (Personally, I would give you $20 )
$2 for fox
$1 mink
You had to submit an affidavit and the pelt to collect.





Here are Jersey's 1917 game laws.
Probably a little hard to read.
Deer hunting was the last three Wednesdays in October and the first Wednesday in November, limit one deer.
Turkey and pheasant were closed until 1919.





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I've managed to keep every hunting and fishing license I've ever gotten dating back to the mid 70s.
I don't have mine from the mid 60's, there was a policy back then whereas you had to turn in your old license as proof you took the hunter safety course when getting your new license, rather than just writing down the previous years license number.

These are some of the earliest I have, and they're mine, not my fathers or grandfathers, so I've seen a lot of changes over the years, and not necessarily for the better.


A couple of hunting law digests, when they were small enough to fit in your back pocket, not sure if many today can even fathom that concept.


And finally, the deer regulations for NJ in 1970. Note that slugs were not even legal yet, and muzzleloaders(the old style caplocks & flinter replicas no less, forget about the inlines) weren't even a gleam in the Division of Fish and Games eye yet. Look carefully at the length of the seasons.


This was before our illustrious Divison of Fish and Game chose to MISmanage deer for the sake of collecting money in the form of 28 dollar permits, and reduce a big game animals status to about the equivalent of a woodchuck. I believe woodchucks now have a shorter hunting season in NJ than deer do, that should tell you something. Course, they managed to do this because they got the overwhelming approval of the new generation of deer hunter, who thinks they are 'entitled' to do their grocery shopping in the woods and filling the freezer with 9-10 does. Or the other clowns I see at the check station who shoot a doe, check it in, and they try to give it away cause they have enough already in their freezer. I wonder how consistent they would be hunting under the 1970 regulations, LOL.
As I've said before, we've a whole new generation of 'new age deer hunters' who really know little about deer and deer habits and passing on to the next generation that deer hunting is all about 'bait pile futures'.
 

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I have a couple of old (1940-1950's vintage) Sports Afield magazines from when my granfather died. Its interesting to see how much the new magazines have the same content, just different presentation. The best part is comparing the "next best thing" fishing lure adds...the same stuff has been catching fisherman for the last 100 years.
 

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I was -4 so that is old to me
Guessin' you were -5 when I graduated HS then, geez! Back then, we were much more afraid of our parents then the cops. Funny, when I first started hunting I had a '69 Ford van with a 3-speed manual shifter on the column and my hunting bud had a '68 Mustang convertible with a leaky roof. Either case, we froze our asses off just gettin' there. Seeing old license pics is way cool!
 

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Some memorabilia, I am definitely 'old school', and most definitely a remnant of the 60's, and I wouldn't have it any other way, LMAO.

Years ago, 1974 and earlier we'll be talking about here, things, and people were different in New Jersey than they are now. Hell, it was even politically correct for Ziegels Hardware in Midland Park(Bergen County) to have a large display of shotgun shells in the display window with the onset of the fall hunting season.

On West Broadway in Paterson, there was an outdoor store founded many years before by Jimmy Salvato SR.(God rest his soul)and he named it Paterson Rod & Gun Store. They sold pets and all and as a really young kid, I used to take the #22 Bus from Lafayete Ave in Hawthorne to City Hall Paterson for 25 cents to go to Paterson Rod and Gun to buy pellets for my pellet gun. Always looked foward to the trip, and perusing the store. This was back in the days when New Jersey was a state, and not a Socialist Republic, and pellet guns weren't considered firearms(all prior to the 1968 Gun Control Act) and a kid could buy pellets because he was responsible for himself and his actions.

Anyways, back in those days, there was a newpaper published in Paterson called the Paterson Evening News. I beleive the offices and printing center were on Straight Street in Paterson. Jimmy Salvato used to write the outdoor column for the paper, and that was back in a time when the general public looked foward to reading such a column. Here's one of his typical columns from the fall of 1974. I've omitted the second half of it because back in those days, real names were put in along with the game that was taken, and my name and a host of others are in it.
 

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how much back then and did you purchase a BUCK TAG for every season awsome to see that far back for license
Buck tag??? You didn't need to buy a 'stinking buck tag' the tag was part of the license LMAO.

The 1969 NJ Resident license cost me $5.15 and that was firearm AND trapping at that time. Buck tag was part of the license. If you applied for the one day permit doe season(yeah, ONE day, imagine that), it was a lottery and you thanked your lucky stars if you were drawn, I believe that tag was $5.00.

1969 New York non resident big game license was $10.75 buck tag included.

1971 Pa non resident license was $25.35 and included a buck and turkey tag.
 
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