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New Jersey Hunting Violations - Week of December 8 - 13, 2003

199 Violations were issued. Of that number, 99 were issued in bear hunt areas.

23:3-1 - License for hunting, fishing or trapping; penalty; exemptions.

a. A person shall not at any time hunt, take or attempt to take, kill or pursue, with a gun or any firearm of any kind or character, or with longbow and arrow, a wild bird, animal or fowl, or take or attempt to take any skunk, mink, muskrat, or other fur-bearing animal by means of a trap, or set a trap for any fur-bearing animal, nor shall any person above the age of 16 years at any time take or attempt to take fish in any of the fresh waters of this State by the method commonly known as angling with a hand line or rod and line, or with longbow and arrow, unless he has first procured a properlicense.

1. John Swails Hunterdon County

23:3-1 - License for hunting, fishing or trapping; penalty; exemptions.

b. A person shall not engage in hunting, fishing or trapping unless the appropriate license or tag as prescribed hereunder is visibly displayed in a holder in a conspicuous place on the outer clothing at the time of such hunting, fishing or trapping. A licensee shall exhibit his license and tag for inspection to any conservation officer, deputy conservation officer, police officer or other person requesting to see it.

2. George Estwin - Warren County

3. Albert Bruce - Somerset County

4. Michael Reo - Morris County

5. Alessandro Zipeto - Sussex County

6. Ralph Bruce Somerset County

23:3-20. - Penalty for violations of article

A person who at any time alters, disfigures or changes in any manner, or loans or transfers to another, a license or button or tag issued under this article, gives false information or makes any misrepresentation to the clerk or agent to whom application is made for a license

7. Charges Dropped

23:3-21. - Procuring license wrongfully; penalty

A person not entitled hereunder to a residents' license who procures the same shall be liable to a penalty of one hundred dollars ($100.00).

8. Eric Walther - Warren County

9. Daniel Almind - Hunterdon County

10. Gary Pasztornyicky - Hunterdon County

23:3-56.2. - Possession, transfer and display of license; violations; penalty

Any person, including members of the armed services, who shall hunt for, pursue, shoot at, take, kill or wound, or attempt to take, kill or wound a deer as permitted by this section or the State Fish and Game Code, without having a license as herein prescribed on his person and displayed in a conspicuous place on his outer clothing, or who alters or changes in any manner, or loans or transfers to another a license issued under this act, or violates any other provision of this act, or any regulation established under the State Fish and Game Code in connection herewith, shall be liable to a penalty of not less than $100.00 nor more than $300.00 for the first offense, and not less than $300.00 nor more than $500.00 for the second and subsequent offense.

11. Vadim Lioubomoudron - Warren County

12. Anthony Mazzarella - Sussex County

23:4-1. - Open and close seasons; federal regulations; penalty for violations

No person shall capture, kill, injure, destroy or have in possession or hunt, hunt for, or attempt to capture, kill, injure or destroy any reedbird, wild swans, wood duck, wild geese, brant, wild ducks, rails or marsh hens, gallinules, coot (commonly known as crow duck), upland plover, black-bellied plover, golden plover, greater or lesser yellowlegs, willets, sandpipers, dowitchers or robin snipe, brown backs, curlews, turnstones or calico backs, godwits or marlin, tattlers, Wilson snipe or jacksnipe, woodcock or any other birds commonly known as shore birds, surf snipe or bay snipe, unless an open season is prescribed therefore by the regulations of the United States Department of the Interior, made under the provisions of an Act of Congress relating to migratory birds, and then only during the respective open seasons fixed for such birds by such regulations.

13. Leo Golba - Warren County

14. Carmelo Lana - Warren County

15. Stephen Meyer - Passaic County

16. Tommy Snyder - Warren County

23:4-12. - Hunting certain game, except in manner provided by Code or with gun or bow and arrow, unlawful; penalty

No person, shall kill, destroy or injure, pursue with intent to kill or injure or in any manner attempt to take or injure, any anatidae commonly known as swans, geese, brant and river and sea ducks; rallidae, commonly known as rails, gallinules, coots and mud hens; limicolae, commonly known as shore birds, surf snipe or bay snipe, among them being yellowlegs plovers, willets, sandpipers, dowitchers or robin snipe, brown backs, curlews, turnstones or calico backs, godwits or marlin, tittlers and woodcocks; gallinae, commonly known as wild turkey, grouse, prairie chickens, pheasants, partridge and quails; or any hare commonly known as rabbit; gray, black or fox squirrels; or any other game bird or game animal, except in the manner prescribed by the provisions of the State Fish and Game Code, or, in the absence of such provision in said code, except in the manner usually known as hunting with a gun, the gun being not larger than ten gauge and held at arm's length and fired from the shoulder without rest, or by the use of long bow and arrow, provided, however, it shall be unlawful for any person while hunting any wild bird or animal to have both a firearm and a bow and arrow in his possession or under his control in the woods or fields or on the water, under a penalty of $20.00 for each offense.

17. Ronald Beam - Warren County

18. Donald Lynch - Morris County

19. Daniel Vanbree Hunterdon

20. Jan Pusz Sussex County

23:4-13. - Regulations concerning guns

No person shall use in hunting any fowl or animals of any kind any firearm except as permitted by the provisions of the State Fish and Game Code, or, in the absence of such provision in said code, except a shotgun being not larger than ten gauge, and capable of holding not more than two cartridges at one time, or that may be fired more than twice without reloading, or use a silencer on any firearm when hunting for game or fowl, under a penalty of twenty dollars ($20.00) for each offense; provided, however, that the division in its discretion may issue permits for the use of a rifle for shooting woodchucks only. No person shall have any missile larger than as permitted by the provisions of the State Fish and Game Code, or, in the absence of such provision in said code, larger than number four shot in possession in the woods or fields at any time other than during the open season for killing deer, under a penalty of one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each offense.

21. Michele Daniello - Somerset County

22. Russell Winans - Morris County

23. Joseph McCormick - Sussex County

24. Michael Wittrien - Sussex County

25. George Lindabery - Somerset County

26. John Filippini - Sussex County

27. Daniel Young - Warren County

28. Maureen Merrigan - Hunterdon County

29. Christopher Moeller - Hunterdon County

23:4-13.1. - Clothing; outer garment of fluorescent hunter's orange violation

30. Joseph Casale - Warren County

31. Ronald Beam - Warren County

32. Joseph Drossel - Sussex County

33. James Leclair - Sussex County

34. Henry Locker - Warren County

35. Giuseppe Macaro - Somerset County

36. Steven Mann - Somerset County

37. Gilbert Graner - Morris County

38. Robert Tumler - Hunterdon County

39. Albert Bruce - Somerset County

40. Ralph Bruce - Somerset County

41. Christopher Edmonson - Sussex County

42. Theadore Smith - Sussex County

43. Edwin Housel - Somerset County

44. Christopher Moeller - Hunterdon County

45. Francesco Picarelli - Hunterdon County

23:4-16. - Prohibited hunting practices; penalty

a. No person, either in or on a motor vehicle or vehicle of any kind whatsoever, or by the aid or use of a light carried on or attached to a motor vehicle or vehicle of any kind, shall hunt for, pursue, shoot, shoot at, kill, capture, injure or destroy wildlife.

46. Peter Gareth Somerset County

23:4-16.d - Prohibited hunting practices (possession a loaded firearm or nocked arrow while within 450 feet of any occupied building)

47. Gerald Babcock - Sussex County

48. Leo Golba - Warren County

49. Margaret Gould - Sussex County

50. Michael Martin - Sussex County

51. David Talmage - Sussex County

52. James Oross - Morris County

53. Albert Bruce - Somerset County

54. Christopher Edmonson - Sussex County

55. James Tichnor - Sussex County

56. Ibrahim Siyouf Passaic County

23:4-24. - Hunting prohibited on Sundays; penalty; exemptions

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 for each offense; except that this section shall not apply to any person hunting raccoon between midnight on Saturday and sunrise on Sunday during the season prescribed in section 23:4-1 of this Title or to 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. 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.

57. Troy Lippincott Warren County

23:4-24.1. - Carrying loaded firearms in vehicle for hunting purposes prohibited; proof

No person shall, for the purpose of hunting for, pursuing, taking or killing, or attempting to hunt, pursue, take or kill any bird or animal, have, in an automobile or vehicle of any kind, any shotgun or rifle loaded with missiles of any kind, under a penalty of not less than $20.00 nor more than $50.00 for each offense.

For the purpose of this act, whenever a person is found with such loaded shotgun or rifle in possession in a vehicle, the same shall be conclusive proof that the person was in the act of pursuing or taking birds or animals.

58. Raymond Deemer Jr. - Warren County

23:4-24.1a. - Improper transportation of firearm in motor vehicle; penalty

59. James Tonkin - Warren County

60. Joseph Fenui - Warren County

61. Casey Prisco - Sussex County

62. Douglas King - Sussex County

63. Scott McCloud - Hunterdon County

64/65. Peter Gareth - Somerset County - two counts

66. Richard Drosihn - Sussex County

67. Gary Pasztornyicky - Hunterdon County

23:4-42 - Killing deer, season, permit to kill on cultivated land.

a. Except as provided in subsection b. of this section, no person shall hunt for, pursue, shoot at, take, kill, wound or attempt to take, kill or wound a deer of any description prohibited by the provisions of the State Fish and Game Code, or hunt for, pursue, shoot at, take, kill, wound or attempt to take, kill or wound any wild deer at any time except during the period permitted by the State Fish and Game Code, or kill in any one year more than the number of deer permitted by the State Fish and Game Code.

b.The owner or lessee of any land, a portion of which is under cultivation, or the authorized agents of the owner or lessee having on their person a written permit issued by the division and countersigned by the owner or lessee may kill any deer that may be found on that land during the period covered by the permit. If requested by the owner or lessee of the land, the period covered by the permit issued to the owner or lessee, or authorized agent thereof, shall also include the entire months of February and March. The carcass of a deer killed under such permit shall become the property of the division and may be removed and disposed of in the manner it directs. For the purpose of this section, "land under cultivation" shall mean (1) pasture fields that are seeded with cultivated grass or that have been so seeded within the prior 12 months, or (2) land on which planted crops are growing or were growing within the prior 12 months. The division may require the owner or lessee of the land to provide evidence of deer damage within the prior 12 months as a condition of issuing a permit pursuant to this subsection.

68. Richard Deickmann - Somerset County

69. James Toner - Sussex County

70. Jason Smith - Morris County

71. Jan Pusz Sussex County

23:4-45. - Deer-hunting restrictions

a. No person shall hunt for, pursue, stalk, shoot at or attempt to take, kill, injure or destroy a wild deer, except by daylight on the days and at the times designated by the State Fish and Game Code.

72. Alessandro Zipeto - Sussex County

73. Thomas Trochan - Sussex County

74. Berthold Ziem III Sussex County

23:4-47 - Dead deer, tagging procedures, transportation; violations, penalties; rules, regulations.

A person who kills a deer in this State at any time during the legal seasons shall immediately attach thereto the deer transportation tag supplied with the hunting license and shall transport the deer to a deer checking station before 7:00 p.m. on the day the deer was killed, for registering the kill and having a legal possession tag affixed, which possession tag shall remain attached until the carcass has been consumed.

A person not required to purchase a hunting license under provisions of R.S.23:3-1, who kills a deer in this State at any time during the legal seasons, or a person who has lost the transportation tag supplied with the hunting license, shall make and attach a transportation tag immediately after killing the animal, clearly stating the person's name and address, and if holding a license to hunt, the license number, with the date, township if known, and county in which the deer was killed and shall transport the deer to a checking station for registration as herein prescribed.

The division shall designate such checking stations as it deems necessary and shall prescribe regulations for their operation.

All deer killed during prescribed seasons shall be presented for registration at the nearest deer checking station by the person who killed the deer, and it shall be registered in that person's name. No person shall present a deer for registration, or permit to be registered in the person's name, any deer which the person did not kill. No person shall at any time in any manner transport any deer killed during a prescribed season, unless there is a legal tag securely attached to the deer. If the deer is being transported by a person other than the licensee, written permission signed by the licensee killing the deer must be in possession of the driver.

No person shall have in possession at any time any deer, or parts of a deer, which has not been legally registered. The owner of a legally registered deer may give away parts of the deer provided each separate part is plainly labeled with the name and address of the person who registered the deer, the possession tag number assigned to the deer, and the name and address of the person to whom it was given.

A person who fails to properly tag a deer and transport it to a checking station, or who borrows, loans, transfers, buys, sells or purloins any deer tag of another, shall be liable to the penalty prescribed by R.S.23:4-48.

The division shall adopt, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), any rules and regulations necessary to implement this section and to prescribe the tagging requirements for deer killed in a manner other than during a prescribed season.

75. Richard Deickmann - Somerset County

76. Shane Kessock - Morris County

77. Freddie Lakatos - Morris County

78. Vadim Lioubomoudron - Warren County

79. Jeff Lusby - Warren County

80. Fredrick Meagher - Warren County

81. Dennis Hague - Somerset County

82. Gary Sinko - Hunterdon County

83. Christopher Edmonson - Sussex County

84. William Eaton - Sussex County

85. David Poliacik Somerset County

86. Roy Aukamp Morris County

87. Gary Brown Morris County

23:7-1. - Trespassing prohibited; posting notice; private notice; penalties

A person who trespasses on the lands of another for the purpose of hunting, fishing, trapping, or taking wildlife, or attempting to hunt, fish, trap, or take wildlife, after notice bearing the name of the owner, occupant, or lessee thereof, forbidding the trespass, has been conspicuously posted by the owner, occupant, or lessee with intervisible signs displayed not fewer than ten to a mile along the exterior boundaries and at all roads, trails and rights-of-way entering such land, or after having been forbidden so to trespass by the owner, occupant, or lessee, shall be liable to a civil penalty of not less than $100.00 nor more than $200.00 for the first offense, and not less than $200.00 nor more than $500.00 and the suspension of all license certificates required, and all privileges, to take or possess wildlife for a period of five years, in addition to any applicable penalty prescribed pursuant to R.S.23:3-22, for each subsequent offense.

88. Roy Diehl - Morris County

89. Thomas Young - Sussex County

90. Christopher Dojlidko - Hunterdon County

91. Gregory Dojlidko - Hunterdon County

92. Anthony Mazzarella - Sussex County

93. Theodore Cassera - Morris County

23:7-1.1. - Littering prohibited; penalty

A person entering the lands of another for the purpose of hunting, fishing, trapping, or taking wildlife, or attempting to hunt, fish, trap, or take wildlife, who litters, dumps, or discards refuse of any kind shall be liable to a civil penalty of not less than $25.00 nor more than $500.00 for each offense.

94. Christopher Edmonson - Sussex County

23:7-3. - Causing injury to property while hunting or fishing; penalties

A person who, while hunting, fishing, trapping, or taking wildlife, causes or assists in causing damage or injury to real or personal property of another, including pet animals, shall be liable to a civil penalty not to exceed $2,000.00, which sum shall be paid to the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife for deposit in the hunters' and anglers' license fund established pursuant to R.S. 23:3-11, and (1) for a first offense, suspension of all license certificates required, and all privileges, to take or possess wildlife for a period of five years, or (2) for a second offense, permanent revocation of all such license certificates and privileges. A court may also order the violator to pay restitution to the victim for any such damage or injury caused.

A license certificate or privilege suspended pursuant to this section shall not be reinstated until the holder thereof has first completed, to the satisfaction of the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife, the approved remedial sportsmen education program established and conducted by the division pursuant to section 12 of P.L.1990, c.29 (C.23:3-22.3).

95. Robert Siciliano - Hunterdon County

23:7-9. - Actions forbidden on property under State control; penalty

With respect to or on property under the control of the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife, no person may:

a. remove or disturb any vegetation, soil, water, minerals, or other property of the State; or

b. litter, dump, or discard refuse of any kind; or

c. cause injury or damage to any equipment, structure, building, or other property; or

d. use such property contrary to regulations established by the division.

A person who violates this section shall be liable to a civil penalty of not less than $50.00 nor more than $200.00 for each offense, unless the pecuniary gain to the violator or the injury or damage to property exceeds $100.00, in which case the civil penalty shall be three times the amount of that gain or injury or damage to property. In addition, for each subsequent violation, all license certificates required, and all privileges, to take or possess wildlife shall be suspended for a period of five years.

A license certificate or privilege suspended pursuant to this section shall not be reinstated until the holder thereof has first completed, to the satisfaction of the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife, the approved remedial sportsmen education program established and conducted by the division pursuant to section 12 of P.L.1990, c.29 (C.23:3-22.3).

96. Thomas Trochan - Sussex County

23:9A-2. - Misuse of weapon while hunting; penalty

A person engaged in hunting, fishing, trapping, or taking wildlife who shoots or discharges a firearm, bow and arrow, or other weapon in a careless manner or without due caution and circumspection shall be liable to a civil penalty of not less than $100.00 nor more than $500.00 and the suspension of all license certificates, and all privileges, to take or possess wildlife for a period of two years, in addition to any suspension required under the authority of R.S.23:3-22.

A license certificate or privilege suspended pursuant to this section shall not be reinstated until the holder thereof has first completed, to the satisfaction of the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife, the approved remedial sportsmen education program established and conducted by the division pursuant to section 12 of P.L.1990, c.29 (C.23:3-22.3).

97. Robert Siciliano - Hunterdon County

98. Ralph Demech Hunterdon County

23:10-5. Arrest on view without warrant; interference with or resisting officer

Any constable, police officer, fish and game warden, protector, or deputy warden, or any officer or member of any incorporated game protective society may, for a violation of any provision of this Title, or any provision of any law supplementary thereto, or of any provision of the State Fish and Game Code committed within the view of any such officer or person, arrest, without warrant, the offender and carry him before a court in the county wherein such arrest is made. Any person or persons who shall, by threat, menace or force, or in any manner, attempt to deter or prevent any fish and game warden or other person authorized to make arrests for violation of the fish and game laws of this State, or any provision of any law supplementary thereto, or any provision of the State Fish and Game Code from enforcing or carrying into effect any provisions of this Title, or any provision of any law supplementary thereto, or any provision of the State Fish and Game Code or who shall resist arrest or the seizure of boats or nets or other apparatus illegally used, shall be subject to a fine of one hundred dollars ($100.00).

99. David Poliacik Somerset County

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