Tom Connors, Legislative Liaison for NJOA (CF) stated, “In years 2009 and 2010 the bow harvest on Sundays were approximately 14% of the total bow harvest. Also, when you look at the combined effect of Sunday bowhunting, the 150′ bow perimeter and the introduction of crossbows, there was an increase of 3,543 animals harvested between these years.
There was no increase in law enforcement related issues during the same period. There even seems to be a growing interest in bowhunting for deer by municipalities that have been closed to hunting. The laws are working as intended.”
Anthony P. Mauro, Sr, Chair, NJOA (CF) added, “We are pleased with the results and thankful to our state legislators and current and past Governors for their commitment to enact laws that improve the health of New Jersey forests, reduce deer and motor vehicle collisions, and for their stewardship of the environment.
The laws even helped to increase bow license sales by 5%, which is revenue used by the Division of Fish and Wildlife to manage our natural resources. Laws such as Sunday bowhunting and the 150′ bow perimeter are simply good public policy.”
Sunday bowhunting became law in 2009 and passed in the Senate with 75% in favor and in the Assembly with 86% in favor. The 150′ bow perimeter became law in 2010 and passed in the Senate with 63% in favor in and in the Assembly with 77% in favor.
Sunday bowhunting was signed into law by Governor Corzine and the 150′ bow perimeter by Governor Christie.
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