A blog about living in Aberdeen, New Jersey.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hunting Off Cliffwood Beach

New Jersey Hunter has a current discussion on duck and goose hunting off Cliffwood Beach. Hunters say they usually aren't bothered when they hunt there.

Seems to me that the area along the seawall is too close to homes, based on a state regulation saying one must be 450 ft away from an occupied dwelling or school playground. Some sections of the beach in Aberdeen between the seawall and Whale Creek might meet that rule. Of course, hunters in boats off the shoreline would meet the rule if they were far enough out. Has anyone done the measurements? I've heard gunshots down at the shore in previous years and figured it was hunters. (All my neighbors are accounted for.)

Chapter III Police Regulations 3-12.1 provides the rules, which derive from a NJ statute.
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 23:4-16 no person shall cast an arrow or discharge any firearm upon or across any State, County, or municipal road or highway, and no person, except the owner or lessee of the property and persons specifically authorized by him in writing shall, for the purpose of hunting, taking or killing any bird or animal, have in his possession a loaded gun while within four hundred fifty (450) feet of any occupied dwelling or school playground in this State. In accordance with N.J.S.A. 23:4-24, no person shall hunt with any weapon or carry a gun on Sunday. This 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. (1973 Code § 4-10.1)


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