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August 22, 2003


According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) in New Jersey is September 27 and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Week is September 28 – October 4. 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 Martin J. McHugh. “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.

Saturday, September 27

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

Union County Trap and Skeet Range 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 range.

Sunday, September 28

Upper Delaware Wildlife Heritage Festival

Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center on Rt. 46 in Oxford
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Come celebrate Fish and Wildlife Conservation Week at Pequest. Plenty of activities for the entire family. Environmental exhibits, historical re-enactors, kids activities, wildlife artists, live music and much more.

Saturday, October 4

Surf Fishing Workshop and Salt Water Fly Fishing Clinic

Island Beach State Park in Ocean County
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fee: $40
These hands-on Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops will cover equipment basics such as how to choose and use rods, reels, bait and lures; fish identification; fundamentals of casting; reading the surf; and knowing the tides. Call 609-748-4347 for more information.

Sunday, October 5

12th Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament
Island Beach State Park in Ocean County
6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Open to individuals of all ages. Registration (postmarked by Sept. 8 deadline) is $10 for adults, $5 for teens aged 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under. Registration on the day of the tournament is $15 for adults (no change in fee for teens and kids 12 and under). Stop by your local bait and tackle shop for an application, call 609-748-4347 or download from this Web site.

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