New Jersey Deer Classic Jan 8-11

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Dozens of New Jersey's most outstanding white-tailed deer from the 2007-08 hunting seasons will be on display at the Garden State Deer Classic to be held during the Garden State Outdoor Sportsmen's Show, January 8 - 11 at Raritan Center in Edison.

The Deer Classic is jointly sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, United Bowhunters of New Jersey and the Garden State Outdoor Sportsman's Show.

This year's Classic will mark the 20th anniversary of this popular event.

The Deer Classic is an annual event showcasing hunter entries in New Jersey's Outstanding White-tailed Deer Program. It includes categories for typical and non-typical antlered deer taken with bow, shotgun, muzzleloading rifle and crossbow (allowed with a special permit issued by the DFW for the physically challenged) in addition to the 200-pound buck and 135-pound doe field-dressed weight categories. All antlered deer are scored using the Boone & Crockett Club system that gives credit to antler length, spread, number of points and symmetry.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife will have an extensive display at the sportsmen's show where questions may be asked of biologists, and hunting and fishing licenses may be purchased. Information about New Jersey's Black Bears, Whitetail Deer, Trout in the Classroom, Clean Vessel Act and Conserve Wildlife Programs will be available as well. The popular archery range for kids run by the Division's Hunter Education Unit will also return this year, and deer biologists will be on hand each day to answer questions, provide information and score antlers for anyone who brings their antlers to the display area.

Program Schedule

The Division of Fish and Wildlife is sponsoring two seminars at the Garden State Outdoor Sportsmen's Show this year. Show visitors are invited to attend these seminars as well as the Deer Classic awards ceremony. Seminars will be held in the main seminar room at the show, while the awards ceremony will be held in the Division's main display room.

Friday, January 9 at 3:00 PM

"NJ's Warmwater Fishing - It's Never Been Better" Get the inside scoop on the fabulous trophy fisheries New Jersey has developed for muskies, walleyes, hybrid striped bass and northern pike and where to go in New Jersey to find them.

Sunday, January 11 at 11:00 AM

"The National Saltwater Angler Registry And What it Means For New Jersey"

Effective January 1, 2009 registration of all saltwater anglers fishing in federal waters or fishing for anadromous species will be mandatory. The federal program proposes to exempt anglers from federal registration provided their home state has a registration or licensing system for saltwater anglers that meets the criteria of the federal program.

Learn what this new program means for New Jersey's saltwater anglers, and the options available for meeting its goals.

Sunday, January 11 at 2:30 PM

009 Garden State Deer Classic Awards Ceremony

Awards ceremony for category winners of the 2007 – 2008 outstanding deer entries.