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To All,

I was at the NJEF Conference all day yesterday. I sat and talked to Acting DEP Commissioner Mark Mauriello and Deputy Commissioner Jay Watson about the Sunday Bow Hunting bill and the Pots off the Reef for quite a while. The Governor is getting a lot of correspondence and pressure from the antis…


The Governor what there but he was on a tight schedule and we just talked about going fishing. Anthony is right and the Governor needs to hear from a lot more of you about Sunday Bow Hunting in a respectful but firm manner
Sincerely
Tom Fote
Director, NJOA

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From Sept. 08 Bureau of Law Enforcement monthly report.


"Officer Mutone stopped to inspect a horseback rider on the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area. When confronted, the rider informed the officer that she had left her horseback riding permit in her vehicle. The officer then followed the rider back to her vehicle where she spent time searching for the permit. When the rider couldn't find the permit, she then told the officer that she must have left it at home. After further questioning, the subject finally admitted that she had never purchased a permit. When Officer Mutone informed her that she was in violation, the woman became enraged, used abusive language, and then gave the officer an offensive gesture. As Officer Mutone was gathering information, the woman got into her vehicle, drove across a field and proceeded to drive away. Officer Mutone then pulled the driver over and asked to see her driver’s license and other credentials. Unfortunately, the driver could not produce the necessary documents. In conclusion, the diver was issued summonses for: no horseback riding permit; operating a motor vehicle off the established roadway and failure to produce the required motor vehicle documents."

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A few facts:

...there are more than 324,000 acres in 120 wildlife management areas, and new properties and additions to existing properties are continually being added. This acreage represents more than 44% of New Jersey's state-owned public open space.

Initially, the purchase of lands for the Wildlife Management Area System was funded entirely from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. In 1961, the first of several Green Acres bond issues was approved, enabling the general public to participate in the development of the system. Approximately half of the present system was purchased through the Green Acres bond issues. Operational funding is provided entirely by hunters and anglers. Capital projects such as boat ramps, dams and parking lots are usually funded through combinations of Federal Aid (funds from excise taxes on sporting equipment), Green Acres and General Fund Capital appropriations.

Through the years, particularly with the infusion of Green Acres monies since 1961, the mission of the Wildlife Management Area System gradually broadened from "Public Shooting and Fishing Grounds" to areas where fish and wildlife habitat is protected and enhanced, while providing a variety of compatible recreational and educational opportunities.

The number of people in search of wildlife-oriented recreational opportunities has grown significantly in the last 35 years as shown by the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, conducted every five years by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In New Jersey, the 2001 National Survey found that 135,000 people hunted, 806,000 people fished, and more than 2,328,000 people participated in other wildlife-oriented recreational activities (bird feeding, wildlife observation, photography, etc.). The survey includes only people 16 years of age and older.

While demand continues to increase, the overall amount of land available for the pursuit of wildlife-oriented recreation is declining. New Jersey loses roughly 45-sq. mi. of wildlife habitat to development every year. In view of this reality, acquiring and managing Wildlife Management Areas is an important part of management programs conducted by the Division to provide for the public's wildlife-related recreation.


FYI -

Horseback riders have 365 days per year access to WMAs in question. Hunters only have 25% of the year. Sunday Bow hunting amounts to approximately 14 days out of the year.


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**** Copy, Paste and Fax the Governor 609-292-3454

The Honorable Jon S. Corzine

Governor, State of New Jersey
Office of the Governor
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625

Re: Bill A1669 / S802

Sunday Bow Hunting

Dear Governor Corzine:

The above legislation now awaits your signature and its passage is extremely important to me. As a conservationist I am committed to responsible stewardship of our state’s natural resources and Sunday Bow Hunting helps in this endeavor.

The bill will ensure better manage New Jersey’s deer overpopulation. Every lifeless roadside deer is the result of a car accident, an accident that caused financial loss and perhaps personal injury or death.

The bill will help reduce agriculture losses due to deer feeding currently estimated to be 20% per year, reduce residential landscape damage and the transmission of Lyme disease. Sunday bow hunting will help to boost New Jersey’s hunting license revenue, aid the state’s ailing economy by drawing non-resident dollars, repeal an antiquated blue law and bring New Jersey in line with 43 states that currently allow bow hunting on Sundays.

The bill restricts bow hunting to private property and Wildlife Management Areas only. WMAs were originally purchased entirely from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and operational funding is still provided entirely by hunters and anglers. Sunday bow only amounts to 14 days per year but is of great value to people currently obligated to family and work responsibilities.

Governor Corzine, I am one of 650,000 New Jerseyans who hunt, fish and vote. I ask that you sign the Sunday Bow hunting bill into law.

Sincerely,
 
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