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September 5, 2000

For more information contact:
Jim Sciascia at 609-984-6295

According to the Division of Fish and Wildlife, National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) in New Jersey is September 23 and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Week is September 24-30. The two annual events were designed to recognize and commend the sporting community for their leadership and commitment to conserving fish and wildlife resources.

"To commemorate National Hunting and Fishing Day and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Week in New Jersey, the Division of Fish and Wildlife will sponsor a variety of events statewide," said Division Director Bob McDowell. "These activities are designed to get individuals and families outdoors and acquaint them with the variety of wildlife that inhabits our State."

Following is a list of upcoming activities.

NJ Fish & Wildlife Conservation Week
September 24-30, 2000
With additional activities September 23 and October 1

Saturday, September 23

National Hunting & Fishing Day

Sportsmen and women are invited to help celebrate NH&F Day by making a special effort to help others understand their role in conservation and their ongoing contributions to the well-being of our natural resources. Individuals are asked to take at least one friend, family member, neighbor, business associate or other acquaintance with them on some type of outdoor activity.

The program, known as Step Outside, is sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and is an excellent resource for newcomers and current target shooters, archers, hunter and anglers. Visitors to the website ( can find information and links to further their already established pursuits or find out how to get started. If you enjoy archery, target shooting, hunting or fishing, take time to invite someone you know to Step Outside. It's a great way to share your knowledge and love of the outdoors by being a mentor and ensuring a stronger future for your favorite activity.

Introduction to Shooting Sports at Union County Trap and Skeet Range
Lenape Park on Kenilworth Boulevard in Cranford
12 noon - 4 p.m.
All equipment provided by the Division. Instructors will coach youngsters on the use of air rifles and bows and arrows. Beginning shooters aged 10 and up may also receive instruction on the shotgun range.

Sunday, September 30

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day

Take time to introduce a young hunter to the exciting sport of waterfowl hunting in a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere. Occurs statewide, 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset. Youth hunters 10-15 years old, with a free Youth Hunting License and accompanied by a licensed, non-shooting adult (21 years of age or older), will be permitted to hunt for ducks, Canada geese and Atlantic brant. Youths may hunt on public lands and waters or private lands/waters with permission. Federal and State duck stamps are not needed for this hunt. Non-toxic shot is required. See Migratory Bird Regulations for bag limits and other information.

Sunday, October 1

9th Annual Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament
Island Beach State Park
6:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Open to individuals of all ages. Registration is $10 for adults, $5 for teens aged 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under. Stop by your local bait and tackle shop for an application or call 908-637-4125.