NJDFGW for Nov 21-Dec 20, 2002
Bureau of Law Enforcement
Rob Winkel, Chief
Central Region Highlights
An illegally taken buck was at a butcher shop in Washington Township. The
deer in question was antlered, but the head was removed and it was tagged
as antlerless. The seal resembled an official deer seal, but it was a door
seal. The owner of the deer was charged with mutilating and failing to
register the deer. The owner of the butcher shop was issued a summons for
failing to keep proper records.
A complaint came in on Youth Deer Hunt day that someone shot a deer on the
Trout Brook WMA from a vehicle on a public road. This occurred in front of
a resident's home.
A description and partial license plate was provided to
police. The officers retrieved a l0 point buck. 4 hours later, the same
resident reported that a different vehicle was driving up and down the
lightly traveled road and then stopped and parked near where the deer was
shot. The police found 2 men and a juvenile. The juvenile hunter had a
shotgun and tag ready to fill out. All 3 denied any involvement until the
complainant positively identified the shooter. The shooter received seven
During permit bow season a hunter was charged with killing a deer in the
wrong zone, failing to tag a deer, failing to register a deer and failing
to exhibit his license.
On opening day of NY firearm season, the NJ border was patrolled. 2 hunters
(one with a rifle and one with a shotgun) were found ¾ mile into NJ hunting
deer. Summonses were issued for hunting without orange, hunting with a
rifle, failing to exhibit license, hunting without a license and hunting
deer closed season.
On Sunday during permit bow season, Peapack Gladstone police reported two
hunters in custody. Summonses for hunting on Sunday, hunting without a
license, hunting without a permit and trespassing.
On opening day of six day firearm season, a house hit with buckshot was
investigated. The hunter who shot into the house was found with two freshly
killed antlerless deer. The shooter WAS 411 FEET FROM THE HOUSE. Summonses
WERE ISSUED FOR HUNTING IN A SAFETY ZONE, CARELESS DISCHARGE, AND CAUSING
DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.
While checking, CO's found two non resident hunters with resident hunting
licenses. A summons was issued to each for procuring a resident license
During six day firearm season, a call came in about 2 hunters who witnessed
someone shoot a 22 rifle at a deer from a vehicle on a public road. The
suspect was found at a horse farm and interviewed. Summons issued for
hunting with aid of vehicle, shooting from a road and possessing an uncased
firearm in a vehicle.
A report came in that hunters were taking over the limit of pheasants on
Black River WMA. 2 hunters were found hunting without a license, deer
permit, rifle permit fluorescent orange and taking an antlered deer in