Planning on Fishing? Make sure to Get a License

Fishing season opens this weekend in New Jersey; a wonderful time of year! My husband and I just love getting out to the awesome open spaces all around New Jersey and fly fishing different fresh water locations. There is one important step many people skip, however. Buying a New Jersey fishing license.

Rockaway Borough

I can’t believe the number of anglers I see out fishing without a license. I also see plenty of people with their chum buckets taking tons of fish that shouldn’t be removed. Sadly, many of these anglers (and I use that term loosely) do not know the regulations, take whatever they like, and often, leave trash behind. When these locations are over-fished, it takes a long time for them to come back and get healthy again.

Every year my husband and I make sure to purchase our fishing licenses and display them properly as required by law when we are out fishing. We even purchase the trout stamp, even though we don’t harvest fish. Why you might ask? Let me explain.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife works hard to protect our open spaces, which includes stocking fish, checking licenses during hunting and fishing seasons, and offering education programs for adults and children. Fees collected from licenses help to continue the various programs conducted by Fish and Wildlife.

Conservation Officers are spread very thin throughout the state. It is on us to be caretakers of the resources in New Jersey.  If you see someone taking part in illegal behavior, such as poaching or other “wildlife crimes,” contact Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-855-OGT-TIPS. If you see any ENVIRONMENTAL emergencies, call the 24 hr. DEP HOTLINE at 1-877-WARN-DEP.

And if you are going to go fishing, spend the money and get your license. Fish legally. If you see trash when you are out, pick it up and carry it out. Try and help out where you can and leave the space better than how you found it. Be a good steward of our open spaces.

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Get Ready for Fishing Season!

As the latest round of snow slowly melts away and we officially enter spring, that means one thing for anglers in New Jersey – fishing season!

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Paulinskill River, Lafayette – Sussex County

Waters that are stocked by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife are now officially closed to fishing until April 8th, 8:00 a.m. It is incredibly important to leave these waters as they are while staff and volunteers stock and allow fish to become acclimated to their new surroundings.

It is also incredibly important that those required purchase a fishing license and know the fishing regulations for New Jersey. I know many people complain about the cost of the licenses for fishing and hunting, but they really are important. These fees help make sure our rivers are stocked, and rules are enforced through conservation officers. They also provide other great programs like Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs (Glenn and I are proud to be a part of) and free licenses for specific groups of people, such as handicapped, senior citizens, and active military. My husband and I always catch and release, but we still purchase a trout stamp because we believe in the work Fish and Game does and we know how limited their budget is. So I ask each and every one of you who requires a fishing license to spend the $22.50 and make the purchase. The cost of a ticket for fishing without a license is FAR more expensive.

Enjoy the fishing season, follow the regulations, fish ethically, and remember to “carry in/carry out.

Tight lines!

Fish and Wildlife’s Garden State Deer Classic

The following is a press release from New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection…

NJ Fish and WildlifeThe NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Garden State Deer Classic is slated for January 9 – 12, 2014 as part of the Garden State Outdoor Sports Show taking place at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ.

This year’s show promises to continue the exceptional success of recent years, and even expands on the number and variety of vendors on hand. The show has added several new attractions like the 3D Archery “Cash Prize” Tournament, Fire & Ice Pavilion and Power Sports Pavilion that are sure to please, complementing the already high quality vendor and educational seminar line-up.

The Deer Classic and Division of Fish and Wildlife display continue to be a focal point for the show, and highlight the exceptional deer hunting opportunities available in the Garden State. Fish and Wildlife biologists will also be available at the display area to answer questions from attendees, and to distribute information regarding management programs and the wildlife of New Jersey.

Again this year, the show is pleased to provide three very good reasons to purchase admission tickets online:

  • For every ticket sold online, the show is donating $1.00 to New Jersey’s Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH). HHH is a non-profit organization working with regional food banks that enables hunters to donate venison to the needy, while addressing the overpopulation of deer in New Jersey. Purchasing an online ticket is a great way to support Hunters Helping the Hungry so it can continue to provide hunter-donated venison to people in need.
  • Along with the show ticket, online ticket purchasers are being offered a 1-year subscription to a choice of Field & Stream, Outdoor Life or Popular Science magazines.
  • Tickets purchased online save time and money!  In addition online ticket holders are automatically entered to win great door prizes!   Online tickets are $10.00 + .75 processing fee, which is a savings of $4.25 over the onsite rate.

To take advantage of this great offer purchase tickets online at http://osg.ticketleap.com/garden-state-outdoor-sports-show-2014/t/HHH2014/.

For additional information on the Deer Classic please visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/deerclassic.htm .

For additional information on the Show including directions please visit http://www.gsoss.com.