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In your opinion what is the best big buck county in NJ?
 

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I would say most of the big ones come from central and south jersey. Look on the fish and wildlife website for nj outstanding deer and you will see most come from south jersy.
 

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For quantity Morris and Somerset have the most P&Y entries in the state.Monmouth produces some exceptional deer.The Scott Borden buck shot in 1995 scores 189 4/8 typical and his uncle Bill Browns buck scored 191 ?/8 NT shot in 2002.Joe Meglio shot a 192 2/8 NT in 1999.There are also many more that score in the 160s from Monmouth.
 

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Titus I have a picture of that monster 8 that was hanging around exit 137 parkway on Westfield avenue were Roselle Park and Cranford divide, I even took a movie of it last year.
 

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There are some enormouse deer in the Galloping Hill Golf Course and they cross over into Kenilworth into the water tower and eventually behind Walmart on rt 22!! the other night at Black Brook - 3 deer and all 3 were bucks- me and the Mrs took a walk since we live about 1 block from there and had the camera but could not get close enough
 

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That list needs to be updated because I know the guy that shot the best shotgun typical deer in NJ in 2002 which scored in the 160s,and his name isn't on the list.
 

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Monmouth without a doubt. Many of the entries for the other counties are from years passed, Monmouth is on top now, and has been consistent in puting big bucks in the books. After that I would say Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Somerset, Warren, Cumberland and Salem. One often overlooked county is Burlington...3 of the top five Shotgun non-typicals are from Burlington.
 

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There was also a big non-typical shot in 1996 by a contractor in Somerset county, think his last name was Behre, first name George maybe. I remember reading about it in a magazine, but it never showed up in NJ's books. It was the state record Non-typical for archery at the time. Anyone know what the deal was with that one? It was also over 200 pounds dressed and isn't listed in that category either.
 

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DBuck,your right it does need to be updated.I took the best Typical archery deer in 2002 and it is still not listed.I spoke with Cindy Kuestner, the person in charge of the trophy deer program about this and she basically told me she has zero time for this being that she is swamped with work and putting together the F&G digests.[sad][down]
 

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What I don't understand is why have it if they are to busy to maintain and keep it up to date. [confused]
 

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NJ bowhntr,that buck your talking about was shot in Basking Ridge by Mr Behre.There is a great story behind it though.To make it short a well known poacher was caught trying to shoot it before the season.Word has it that after Mr.Behre shot it the first day of the season the poacher in turn called on Mr Behre.F&G ended up confiscating the rack and hide for testing.After not being able to prove anything.F&G returned the rack and hide.Mr Behre was so upset by F&G handling of the case that he refused to enter it into the state record book.
 

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Seems any place with houses and no hunting is loaded with monsters. Bergen Cty is full of big bucks and a few guys try every yr to hunt them by dodging the local police. For huntable deer, I would say Monmouth is the best.
 

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NJ bowhntr,that buck your talking about was shot in Basking Ridge by Mr Behre.There is a great story behind it though.To make it short a well known poacher was caught trying to shoot it before the season.Word has it that after Mr.Behre shot it the first day of the season the poacher in turn called on Mr Behre.F&G ended up confiscating the rack and hide for testing.After not being able to prove anything.F&G returned the rack and hide.Mr Behre was so upset by F&G handling of the case that he refused to enter it into the state record book.
Seems like that kind of crap happens too much. There are always a bunch of knuckleheads lining up to spread garbage about a big buck if they didn't kill it. Happened to a couple of friends of mine. One guy killed a near 160 inch buck in bow season and was hounded by idiots who accused him of shooting it with a pistol. After all the investigations cleared him, he decided to keep his future big bucks to himself, and a few friends. The guy killed at least on more buck bigger than that one since then, a 170+ NET typical that dressed 214 pounds, but never registered it.

Another funny story...I was standing in Harry's to buy my Non-resident Pa license a few years back and a couple of guys picked up the latest issue of North American Whitetail magazine to read about NJ's new non-typical archery record buck. As soon as they turned to it, they began commenting on how the guy that killed it really shot it after it was drugged by F & W and caught in a greenhouse, then taken out, layed on the ground so he could shoot it. Of course, I was intrigued on how they knew these things, so I asked. Seems like they had first hand knowledge, but didn't want to disclose how. When I mentioned that the writer most likely researched such things before puting his name on a story, they claimed he was in on it, and they knew that too. Imagine their surprise when I told them I wrote it...;):D

Oh, by the way...in case you were wondering, the deer wasn't drugged, and I wasn't in on anything. :p
 

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I wish I knew where the best county to hunt in NJ was. After 20+ years hunting in this state the biggest bucks I've seen were on peoples lawns in Bergen County. I'm pretty sure it takes 3 things for a deer to reach trophy quality... genetics, age, and nutrution.
 
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