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S2475, which authorizes Sunday bowhunting for deer on State Wildlife Management Areas and private property will be heard in Committee on June 16th at 10 am in Committee room #10. This will be at the State House.

The United Bowhunters of New Jersey are requesting that as many people attend the Hearing as possible, whether you represent an Organization or attend as a private citizen. We want to flood the Committee Room with as many people as we can who are pro S2475.

Please p [no swearing please] this on.
 

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S2475 was reported out of Committee favorably with a 3-0 vote.

The next step is getting Codey to schedule it for a full Senate Vote.
 

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I would like to thank the following people and organizations:
Bradley Campbell - NJ DEP
Marty McHugh - Div. F&W
Larry Herrity - Div. F&W
Jack Spoto - Bergen Bowmen
Rob Barrett - Monmouth County Federation
Eric Troast - Ocean County Federation
Doug Brown - Salem County Federation
Matt Bradway - International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Rich Wolven - Hunterdon County Federation
Phil Muller - Traditional Archers of NJ
Carol Kutona - State Federation
Joe Crouch - the New Jersey Outdoor Congress
Matt Hibbit
The NJ Farm Bureau

All came out to support S2475.
 

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Bacs, what does this all mean? The only person preventing a full vote on the floor is Codey?
Codey is the Senate President as well as Gov. Now that S2475 has been reported out of Committee, it is considered as having it's second reading. Now Codey must place it on the schedule of bills to be considered for the full Senate so that it can be voted on.

We needed everyone to call, e-mail, and write to get this going. There are four voting sessions between now and the end of June, then the legislature takes a 41/2 month break.
 

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No, in therory it could be 2005. If everything gets passed and signed before the start of the season, otherwise it would be next season.

SENATE, No. 2475
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
211th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED MAY 5, 2005

Sponsored by:
Senator STEPHEN M. SWEENEY
District 3 (Salem, Cumberland and Gloucester)

Co-Sponsored by:
Senators Coniglio and Ciesla

SYNOPSIS

Authorizes deer hunting with bow and arrow on Sundays.

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

As introduced.

(Sponsorship Updated As Of: 6/10/2005)

An Act concerning the hunting of deer, and amending R.S.23:4-24.

Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

1. R.S.23:4-24 is amended to read as follows:

23:4-24. a. No person shall hunt with a hound or with firearms or weapons of any kind, or carry a gun in the woods or fields or on the waters on Sunday, under a penalty of [$20.00] $50 for each offense; except that this section shall not apply to :

(1) any person hunting raccoon between midnight on Saturday and sunrise on Sunday during the season prescribed in [section] R.S.23:4-1 [of this Title or to];

(2) a person possessing a valid and proper rifle permit licensed to trap fur-bearing animals pursuant to the provisions of R.S.23:3-1 using a .22 caliber rifle and .22 caliber short rimfire cartridges to humanely dispatch legally trapped animals; or

(3) a person using a bow and arrow to hunt deer during any bow and arrow hunting season for deer prescribed by the State Fish and Game Code, provided the person possesses a valid bow and arrow license, or a valid "All Around Sportsman License" if applicable, issued by the division, abides by all applicable provisions of the code, and is hunting on a State wildlife management area or on private property.

b. This section shall not prevent farm land owners, lessees actually occupying or farming the land, members of their immediate families, or their farm employees from hunting and destroying at any time and in any manner crows, woodchuck, fox and vermin on that land.

(cf: P.L.1996, c.97, s.1)

2. This act shall take effect immediately.



STATEMENT

This bill would authorize deer hunting with bow and arrow on Sundays during any bow and arrow hunting season for deer prescribed by the State Fish and Game Code, provided the hunting is on a State wildlife management area or on private property. This bill also raises from $20 to $50 the penalty for a violation of the no-Sunday hunting prohibition.

Current law provides that there is a statutory prohibition against hunting on Sundays. This bill would amend current law to authorize the hunting of deer with bow and arrow on Sundays during any bow and arrow hunting season for deer prescribed by the State Fish and Game Code, provided the person hunting possesses a valid bow and arrow license, or a valid "All Around Sportsman License" if applicable, issued by the Division of Fish and Wildlife, and abides by all applicable provisions of the State Fish and Game Code.
 

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Guys, believe it or not, my boss, is very good personal friends with Mr. Codey. Like golfing partners and stuff. Let me see what I can do here.
I just have to think about how to go about this.
 

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Testimony on S2475 you have to listen to the antis. Click on Thursday 6/16 and forward to 8 minutes 40 seconds. It's a priceless view into their minds.
 

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You should have seen them, the audio does not do them justice.
 

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Guys, believe it or not, my boss, is very good personal friends with Mr. Codey. Like golfing partners and stuff. Let me see what I can do here.
I just have to think about how to go about this.
Invite him and Codey to the UBNJ golf outing. I'm sure we could dig up a couple of gratis tickets for him.
 

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You gotta be kidding me: the general public does not know the difference between WMAs, public state parks, local parks, and federal parks?

No way.

Heck even when I am not hunting... I still like to know where I am hiking/walking.
 

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Guys, believe it or not, my boss, is very good personal friends with Mr. Codey. Like golfing partners and stuff. Let me see what I can do here.
I just have to think about how to go about this.


Invite him and Codey to the UBNJ golf outing. I'm sure we could dig up a couple of gratis tickets for him.
Yup Invite him I'll buy his ticket if need be.
 

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Barbra S.....

WOW!!! She was banging on the table....

I don't know the number of bowhunters, but why should we give 25,000 Sundays.
 

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Seriously, the Human Society does a lot of good stuff for dogs, cats, pets, etc. Animal abuse stinks... strays and abandoned pets stink too.

That being said... they are freaking crazy regarding hunting!!!!
 

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Seriously, the Human Society does a lot of good stuff for dogs, cats, pets, etc. Animal abuse stinks... strays and abandoned pets stink too.
Almost all of that money you see in the cans at 7-11 winds up being used AGAINST hunting.
 
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