NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife
Bureau of Law Enforcement
CO Williamson investigated a complaint of an individual shooting
deer with a rifle at night on his property in Lafayette Township
in Sussex County. CO Williamson made contact with the individual
while conducting a foot patrol of the area during the day. The
individual, who was hunting with a crossbow permit, had a drop
of blood on his boot. At first, the individual claimed it was
mud but later admitted it was blood from a deer his friends
had given him the previous evening. He explained to CO Williamson
that the untagged deer was hanging in his shed. CO Williamson
examined the deer and determined it was shot in the chest with
a single projectile. CO Williamson contacted the other two individuals
who claimed someone else killed the deer with a rifle and they
found it dead in the road. All three individuals will be charged
pending an examination of the deer by Dr. Roscoe. CO Nestel
assisted in the investigation.
CO Paul apprehended three individuals in Somerset County during
the regular archery season for having nocked arrows in a safety
zone. All three apprehensions were the result on-going investigations
from last fall and winter archery seasons.
CO Williamson investigated an OGT complaint of an individual
taking over-the-limit deer in Rockaway Township in Morris County.
The individual was allegedly trespassing on County Park property
and not tagging or registering any deer. CO Williamson interviewed
the individual at his residence who admitted to taking and not
registering a 6 point and an 8 point buck. CO Williamson seized
the two deer racks and issued the appropriate summonses.
CO Kuechler apprehended an individual on the opening day of
Pheasant Season at Whittingham WMA in possession of one pheasant
over the daily limit. The appropriate complaint was signed.
CO Hutchinson assisted the Wanaque Police Department involving
an individual they apprehended for spotlighting deer with three
shotguns in his vehicle. CO Hutchinson interviewed the individual
and noticed dried blood on his hands. The individual admitted
to killing a buck earlier in the day, while in the company of
two friends. He told CO Hutchinson the deer was hanging in a
shed at his friend’s house. CO Hutchinson proceeded to
the residence and found the untagged deer in the shed. The two
other involved individuals were interviewed and admitted to
hunting earlier in the day with their friend. All three individuals
were charged with hunting without valid licenses, hunting deer
closed season, illegal missiles, hunting without hunter orange,
failure to tag and register a deer, QDM violations and hunting
deer with a dog. Additionally, the first individual was charged
with all the appropriate night deer violations.
CO Kuechler apprehended an individual in Parsippany Township
in Morris County in possession of an untagged deer on township
property. An investigation by the officer determined the individual
didn’t possess a valid extended archery season permit
and discharged the bow within 450’ of a residence. The
appropriate summonses were issued.
CO Hutchinson investigated a case of an individual who was overheard
at a delicatessen saying he had trapped a bobcat in NJ and was
having it mounted. A check of the local taxidermy shops produced
the bobcat, which was sealed from NY. The individual was interviewed
who claimed to have taken the bobcat legally in NY with a .22
rifle during the small game season. The bobcat was seized and
examined by Dr. Roscoe. He determined the animal was caught
in a body-gripping snare and found no evidence of a projectile
wound. The individual continued to claim he legally killed the
bobcat in NY and agreed to submit to a polygraph test. CO Hutchinson
arranged for a FBI polygrapher to interview the individual.
The individual admitted to trapping the bobcat in NJ and registering
it in NY after he was told he was scheduled to meet with the
FBI agent the following week. The individual entered a plea
of guilty in West Milford Court with penalties totaling $950.00.
On opening day of the pheasant season, CO Williamson and Deputy
CO Schleifer apprehended five individuals hunting an hour early
at Black River WMA in Morris County.
CO Hutchinson and Deputy Struble investigated a case of an individual
using a regular archery season license to register an eight
point buck during the permit archery season. The hunter was
interviewed and claimed his friend had taken the buck to an
unknown taxidermist. The head was later located at a local taxidermist
shop registered under the friend’s name. During a subsequent
interview, the hunter explained how he killed a doe during the
early archery season and his friend didn’t. His friend
killed the buck and used the hunter’s license to check
it in because he thought he still had to kill a doe first. CO
Hutchinson explained to the hunter that those regulations didn’t
apply to the permit season although neither hunter had an extended
bow season permit or buck permit. The deer head was seized and
the appropriate summonses are pending.
Officers Martiak, McManus, O’Rourke and Szulecki were assigned
to complete background investigations on a list of potential candidates
for the position of Conservation Officer III. Their professionalism
and dedication to completing this task within the time allotted
was greatly appreciated.
After receiving a complaint of illegal waterfowl hunting from
residents of a Jackson Twp community, Officer Mutone and Lt. Sich
located a suspect vehicle and set up surveillance on the occupants.
At forty five minutes after quitting time, the group was still
actively hunting with shots being fired. When officers made contact,
the shooters turned out to be a father and son who were accompanied
by two non-hunting guests. In addition to hunting after hours,
the two hunters had numerous rounds of lead shot in their possession.
Approximately two weeks later, the same father and son stopped
their vehicle on Success Road located in the Colliers Mills Wildlife
Management Area to shoot a pheasant that was on the side of the
road. When the father yelled to his son to shoot, his son complied.
Unfortunately, the young man shot a decoy pheasant from the center
of the road and was quickly greeted by Officers Szalaj and Mutone.
Once the father realized what had happened he loudly exclaimed
“I told you not to shoot from the road”. Both incidents
were dealt with accordingly.
On a late Sunday afternoon Officers Tonnesen, Mutone and Lt. Sich
encountered a large group of individuals operating all-terrain
vehicles off the established roadways of the Greenwood Forest
Wildlife Management Area. All individuals ran when they were signaled
to stop, requiring the officers to track them down. A total of
sixteen summonses were issued. When questioned, the subjects acknowledged
that they knew it was illegal to operate their all-terrain vehicles
on wildlife management property and apologized for their behavior.
Lt. Sich responded to a complaint of illegal duck hunting on the
Rancocas Creek during the closed season. Prior to his arrival,
he was advised by the informant that the subjects had just left
the area and provided the officer with their vehicle registration
and description. With the information provided the officer was
able to make contact with the two hunters as they pulled into
their driveway. During the interview both subjects admitted to
hunting and were found to be in possession of illegal waterfowl.
Officer Szulecki assisted Monmouth County Park Officers investigate
and charge a suspect who was caught hunting in a prohibited area
and within 450 ft of a residence at Turkey Swamp Park. Apparently
when the hunter saw the Park Officer approach, he tried to escape
by jumping out of his tree stand. Unfortunately, in doing so the
subject broke his back and required immediate medical attention.
The Central Region Office received a complaint that two fishermen
were below the dam at Gropps Lake in Hamilton Twp., Mercer County,
fishing without licenses and keeping undersized Largemouth Bass.
Officer McManus responded to the complaint. Upon inspection both
fishermen had valid fishing licenses. However they also had nineteen
undersized bass, ranging in size from six to eight inches. Summonses
were issued to both men for possession of undersized bass and
also for possession of over the limit. All nineteen fish were
alive and released.
Officer Martiak received information that a hunter he apprehended
several times and whose hunting privileges were revoked was hunting
during the Fall Bow Season in Middletown Twp., Monmouth County.
This hunter had told the officer that he was going to continue
hunting even though he was revoked. Officer Martiak found the
hunter's tree stand and checked it numerous times during the season.
Officers Martiak and Szulecki checked the stand one afternoon
during the Permit Bow Season and found it occupied. Officer Szulecki
watched the hunter with binoculars while CO Martiak approached
the hunter. When the hunter saw the officer approaching he threw
his bow and jumped from the stand. Officer Martiak was able to
catch him. The hunter was issued summonses for hunting while revoked,
possession of a nocked arrow within 450 feet of an occupied building,
hunting without a license and without a permit. The bow was seized
as evidence. Several weeks later Officer Martiak was in court
with the hunter. The officer spoke with the Prosecutor and the
Judge prior to the start of court. He explained to them that the
hunter was going to continue hunting regardless of the fact that
he was revoked. The hunter pled guilty to all the charges and
the Judge assessed penalties of over $1200 and added three years
to his current revocation. The Judge asked the hunter if he had
anything to say. He foolishly told the Judge that he was going
to continue hunting regardless of being revoked. The Judge rose
from her seat and told him she was outraged at his lack of respect
for both the law and her court. She told him that if she found
out that he was caught hunting anywhere in the State she would
have him arrested and brought before her for contempt of court.
CO Stites received a complaint of illegal waterfowl hunting on
the opening day of small game season. He responded to an area
near a commercial hunting preserve in Pennsville Township, Salem
County. Two men were apprehended and were charged for hunting
waterfowl during the closed season.
On opening day of small game season, CO Vazquez observed two separate
hunters shoot their limits of pheasants on the Winslow Wildlife
Management Area in Winslow Township, Camden County. They continued
to hunt and a short time later CO Vazquez observed them leaving.
CO Vazquez initiated two separate motor vehicle stops on the hunters.
Each hunter did take and possess 1 pheasant over the daily bag
limit. The appropriate charges were filed against each hunter.
CO Kille and CO Vazquez conducted an ATV patrol at the DOD Wildlife
Management Area in Oldsman Township, Salem County. A total of
10 ATV’s were apprehended and 20 summonses were issued for
the appropriate Title 23 violations. Two of the illegal riders
were placed into custody for outstanding warrants totaling $2300.00.
CO Stites and CO Kille responded to a call regarding an illegal
deer hunt in Upper Pittsgrove, Salem County. There were two hunters
and a third person who was the driver of the vehicle that dropped
the hunters off in the area. The hunters separated to elude detection
by the officers. CO Kille did apprehend the first hunter and the
second hunter still hid in the woods. About two hours later CO
Stites, along with the driver in the drop off vehicle, called
the second hunter on the cell phone and picked him up. Both hunters
are repeat offenders and were charged with the following violations:
defiant trespass, hindering apprehension, interference with the
duties of a conservation officer, trespass for the purpose of
hunting, hunting while revoked, failing to tag and register deer
and fail to exhibit driver’s license.
CO Kille responded to a trespass complaint in Harrison Township,
Gloucester County. CO Kille found evidence of a deer kill and
located the trespassing hunter. The hunter had shot a “Y
Buck” in a trophy deer management zone. CO Kille charged
the hunter with unlawful possession, quality deer management violation,
fail to tag and register, no buck stub, and trespass for the purpose
CO Risher, while on patrol in the Cedar Lake Wildlife Management
Area in Monroe Township Gloucester County, apprehended 6 ATV operators
illegally riding. The appropriate summonses were issued.
CO Risher responded to Camden City for the illegal possession
of an American Alligator. Camden City Animal Control had removed
and secured paperwork to surrender the animal. Barbara Stoff assisted
with finding a licensed facility to care for the animal. The appropriate
summons for unlawful possession of a potentially dangerous species
without a permit was issued.
Conservation Officer Batten responded to several citizen complaints
about a hunter who started pheasant hunting early on the opening
day on the Bevans Wildlife Management Area in Millville, Cumberland
County. When CO Batten approached the hunter he initially wouldn’t
listen to the CO’s commands and continued to hunt. When
CO Batten was able to stop him and conduct a field inspection
the hunter indicated that he didn’t think that he was doing
anything wrong and that he thought all the other hunters who were
yelling for him not to enter the field were just road hunters.
The hunter said that he started hunting at 7:00 am when the season
always starts and that he had shot one pheasant. Conservation
Officer Batten informed him that at the time of the inspection
he was still a half-hour early and that the season starts at 8:00
am. The appropriate summons was issued.
Conservation Officer Massey was waiting to pick-up a deputy when
a concerned motorist approached him and indicated that a vehicle
on the roadway that they were stopped on was driving erratically.
Conservation Officer Massey called ahead to the Hammonton Police
Department in Atlantic County and informed them that an impaired
driver was entering their jurisdiction. Conservation Officer Massey
was able to locate the vehicle and performed the initial motor
vehicle stop. A Hammonton Patrolman arrived and took the individual
into custody. The motorist was later found to be three times over
the legal limit for driving while intoxicated. Hammonton filed
the appropriated charges.
Wednesday November 7, 2007, Officer Canale inspected the party/charter
boat Miss Atlantic City in Atlantic City. There were only 6 patrons
onboard and they were targeting black sea bass. There was a total
of 285 fish caught by the six anglers. Out of the 285 fish 148
were of legal size. If all of the sub legal fish were released,
the anglers would have been 2 fish shy of their combined limit
of 150 fish. Summonses were issued to all six patrons for possessing
undersize and over the limit sea bass.