New Jersey Trappers Association November 2012 Report

President — Jim DeStephano, 973-697-2981

Vice President — Rick Moore, 609-947-4509

Field & Ed — Bob Connors, 973-453-3536


Membership Options:

• Individual membership including subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $25

• Junior membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $20

• Senior (65 & over) with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $20

• Lifetime membership with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $325

• Senior lifetime with subscription to Trapper & Predator Caller — $175


Complete membership application on first page of

association section and send dues to:



Box 115

Newfoundland, NJ 07435



By this time our convention will be history.For the first time in a lot of years someone else is cooking the dinner. New officers will be taking over. It is a time of transition for the N J T A. But I am sure things will go on better than ever. Several people have agreed to takeover some of the most important jobs the assocation has, and their new ideas and energy will only be a plus for the group. Remember they will need the help and support of all members. So do not be afraid to step up and offer to help. They will need manpower for the shows and day to day things the N J T A does.

Our trapper education class was beyound our wildest expectations. 74 students took the course, and all passed. Without a doubt this was the largest class in trapper ed history. What a great thing to see. And everyone was really into what was going on. Lots of questions showed the interst all the students had.

Many of you know I am running for the NJ Fish & Game Council. Hopefully things will go my way and I will be elected. So this is my final report as president. I will continue to be involved with the trappers association but only as a member, not as an officer. I feel I can do a lot more as a councilman for the sportsmen and women of this state in the new position. But as you all know my first love is trapping.

Once again we will have a booth at the Edison outdoor show in January. This show is getting bigger and better since the new management group took over. Stop in and see the biggest deer taken in NJ last year. Plus about one hundred other booths of outdoor related supplies, guides, and all the other good stuff we like to have and do.

That’s enough for this time. Remember, have fun, be safe, and take kid with you. They are our future. — Jim DeStephano

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  1. Another reason to elintmaie some law enforcement agencies and cut in half the size of most police departments; they can’t find constructive things to do; probably because there are too many of them. Before Prohibition (a time when most were armed) most people practiced common sense (including law enforcement). They instinctively knew to shoot dangerous animals; no fool would question that kind of common sense behavior. Today, not only because of PETA, in some States you can’t protect yourself – it makes too much sense. Only irrational behavior is allowed like arresting a woman for protecting herself (and maybe her children) from a dangerous predatory animal. I wouldn’t tolerate this; if an alligator were in the vicinity of my home I would destroy it; I would not allow that type of animal to exist near my home or where humans live.PETA: it’s not wrong to look out for the welfare of animals; just don’t go to far – use common sense – people come first, especially children. The same goes for dangerous animals on the endangered species list; they should not be exempt from common sense behavior. Another thing that is wrong with this: her arrest sends the wrong message to women; that it is wrong for women to use deadly force to protect themselves. That’s why, during this era of domestic disarmament, women have been the worst victims. Some of them, while jogging or recreating, have been either attacked by vicious dogs or have been beaten (beyond recognition) by rapists, stalkers and muggers. It is women that need the right to carry a weapon of choice more than any other. Every politician that espouses against carrying weapons or wants to ban firearms is responsible, at least indirectly, for the harm that comes to women. In this case is there a pattern of women hunting alligators (there should be)? Why question her conduct.

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