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The public is invited to learn about New Jersey's fish and wildlife resources and ways to enjoy them through special programs and events at Pequest. Take advantage of these unique opportunities and get outdoors!
  • All programs require registration; registration opens two weeks prior to program date. For registration or information call 908-637-4125 ext. 0.

  • All programs and special events, including parking, are FREE unless otherwise noted.

  • Events are held rain or shine outdoors so dress for the weather.

  • Programs and special events at Pequest are supported through the sale of fishing and hunting licenses and related stamps. In order to help us continue to offer programs and special events, participants are encouraged to purchase a fishing license at the Natural Resource Education Center or online at


Turkey Hunting Seminar and Calling Clinic
Saturday, March 17
1:00 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for participants of all ages and skill levels to learn about turkey hunting and the latest turkey hunting techniques.

The program will be conducted by former DFW biologist and retired regional biologist for the National Wild Turkey Federation Bob Eriksen, an avid turkey hunter. Bob will cover the agency's Wild Turkey Restoration Project, the life history of the state's largest and smartest game bird, and share some excellent tips for beginners and experienced turkey hunters.

There will be a calling clinic conducted by members of the NJ Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation at 2:30 p.m. immediately following the seminar. The clinic is oriented for youngsters aged 10 to 18 but is open to all individuals. Chapter members will demonstrate the use of box, slate, and air operated turkey calls.

Registration opens March 5 and is required. For more information or to register call 908-637-4125 ext. 0.

Pequest Open House and Sportsmen's Flea Market
Saturday & Sunday, March 24 & 25
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Every year the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center opens its doors to the public for the annual Open House, which usually takes place the weekend before Trout Season opens; in 2018 it will be held two weeks beore the April 7 opener due to the Easter holiday. The Open House is free of charge and is held rain or shine.

This event is great for people of all ages and there are so many things to see and do throughout the day. The Open House allows the Division to show off the trout we raise at the state-of-the-art Pequest Trout Hatchery and it serves as a reminder that spring has just arrived.

Each year, thousands of people come to the hatchery to experience this event for themselves. And each year, the Division strives to make this a bigger event than the year before. This year we will be inviting many different outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists to join us in our celebrations. There will be numerous environmental and conservation exhibits, historical reenactors, wildlife artists, carvers and taxidermists with goods and services to sell.

Activities include fishing for kids between the ages of 4 and 16, archery ranges for those aged 10 years and above, hunter education (pre-registration required), and more. A sportsmen's flea market will be open so you can purchase what you need to get started or to stock up for the upcoming fishing and hunting seasons.

Food vendors will also participate or you can bring your own lunch and enjoy our picnic groves. Please leave pets at home - only service dogs are permitted on site.

The Open House is a great way for people of all ages to celebrate spring's arrival. Families, friends, scout troops, church groups, fishing clubs and anyone else who enjoys the outdoors are encouraged to spend a day at this event!

Please note that the rear entrance is closed during Open House. There is no bus parking available.


Weather fans take note: The Pequest Trout Hatchery has become the newest link in Rutgers University's weather station network. The hatchery is now the site of one of 13 stations throughout the state that feed data to the state's weather and climate monitoring system. To view current weather conditions visit:

The Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center is located on Rt. 46 nine miles west of Hackettstown in scenic Warren County. On-line directions are available. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) and admission is free.

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Last Updated: January 26, 2018