Question to the fellow Jerseyites......


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Dbl0Kevin
October 13, 2004, 09:30 PM
This has been a subject that has I have always wondered about. What is your take on being able to carry a firearm, either a rifle, shotgun or handgun, in public woodland such as Wharton State Forest or the like? I don't like going out deep in the woods without a gun, and kept wondering since it was legal for hunters to carry a firearm in woods why not everyone else. Even NJ law gives the following exception where a permit to carry is not required:

5. To carry a firearm in the woods or fields or upon the waters of this State for the purpose of hunting, target practice, or fishing, provided that the firearm is legal and appropriate for hunting or fishing purposes in this State and the person possesses a valid hunting license, or, with respect to fresh water fishing, a valid fishing license.

Now I'm wondering since target practice was thrown in there if it would be legal to carry a rifle or pistol while out in the woods. I even had a friend of mine in a county prosecutor's office try to call the Assistant Prosecutor who deals with gun crimes, but he couldn't get through and the subject hasn't come up since. Anybody have any definitive answer to this?

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Nathaniel Firethorn
October 13, 2004, 11:38 PM
If it ain't hunting season, you're toast.
If you don't have the license, you're toast.
If it's a handgun, you're toast. (Handgun hunting is illegal.)

You might want to check out NJCSD (http://www.njcsd.org/board/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi) for questions like this.

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WT
October 14, 2004, 10:29 AM
What's the best caliber for the Jersey Devil?

I don't think NJSP has started random searches on the Batonas Trail.

RAY WOODROW 3RD
October 14, 2004, 08:21 PM
On public ranges in the N.J. State Forests:


TRAINING AREA REGULATIONS

All WMA regulations apply (see below).
(Target PracticeOnly bow and arrow, shotgun, muzzleloading shotgun, muzzleloading rifle and .22 caliber rimfire rifle shooting is allowed in designated hunter training ranges according to posted regulations at the training area. Other target practice is allowed only with permission from the Division of Fish and Wildlife.)

1) At least one (1) member of the shooting party must have a current, valid hunting license.
2) Shotgun is for fine shot only.
3) Archery is for target or practice tips only (NO broadheads).
4) Muzzleloader is for muzzleloading firearms, shotguns with rifled slugs or buckshot and modern .22 caliber rimfire rifles only.
5) No handguns or centerfire rifles permitted.

Hours are 9am - dusk (except Black River WMA)
At least one (1) member of the shooting party must have a current, valid hunting license in possession.

Don't even try to shoot centerfire rifles or pistols. The Ranger or the C.O. will show up and you will go bye bye plus one person in the party needs to have a hunting license in possession.

(that's what the Buckeye Gun Club is for! Coming to the shoot on the 30th?)

When going out into the woods.......
I carry a big Honkin' knife with me along with a compass, etc. and that is about it.

.....As for the Jersey Devil, RUN!!!!!!
He was hit by a cannon ball back during the revolution and it did not phase him (or so the story goes).

RW3

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