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2014 Deer Classic Winners

The Garden State Deer Classic is an annual event showcasing hunter entries in New Jersey’s Outstanding White-tailed Deer Program, which was initiated by the Division of Fish and Wildlife in 1964.

On Sunday, January 12, 2014, at the 25th Annual Garden State Deer Classic, a large crowd was on hand for the awards program which honors the top three entries in each category for deer harvested during the 2012-2013 hunting seasons. This year was an exceptional year, with 14 entries now on the All-Time Top 10 lists for New Jersey.

The 2014 Deer Classic was sponsored by the Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs (NJSFSC), United Bowhunters of New Jersey (UBNJ), the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance-Conservation Foundation (NJOA-CF) and the Garden State Outdoor Sports Group (show owner).

The Division would like to express appreciation to our volunteer Official Measurers: Gary Vail, Lou Polillo, Mark Kronyak, Art Neilson, and John Messeroll, as well as to our volunteer photographer, Rich Wolven.

Deer Classic Winners
Winners of the 2014 Deer Classic
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For the complete list and scores, see the list of winners below. Click on images to enlarge. All Deer Classic photos copyright by Rich Wolven.

135 Pound Doe Club - Shotgun
135 lb. Doe Club Winner - Shotgun
Nicholas Casella, 1st Place (All-time Top 10, #8)
200 Pound Buck Club - Archery
200 lb. Club Winners - Bow
Glen K. Homan, 1st Place (All-time Top Ten #10)
Nicholas Bergamo, 2nd Place
Typical Archery
Winners - Typical Archery
David Delfa, 1st Place (All-time Top 10, #7)
William J. Luke, 2nd Place (All-time Top 10, #8)
Nicholas Bockbrader, 3rd Place
Non-Typical Archery
Winners - Non-Typical Archery
Drew Hoglen, III, 1st Place
Dakota Hetman, 2nd Place
Thomas Gerard, 3rd Place
Typical Crossbow
Winners - Typical Crossbow
Michael J. Lacken, 1st Place (All-time Top 10, #4)
Michael J. Esposito, Jr., 2nd Place)
Non-Typical Crossbow
Winner - Non-Typical Crossbow
David Tomlinson, 1st Place (All-time Top 10, #9)
Typical Shotgun
Winners - Typical Shotgun
William Sigle, 1st Place
Chris Chamberlain, 3rd Place
Non-Typical Shotgun
Winner - Non-Typical Shotgun
Alvin M. Matlack, Jr., 1st Place
John A. Foster, 2nd Place
Troy Lail, 3rd Place
Typical Muzzleloader
Winners - Typical Muzzleloader
Jason Hoffman, 1st Place (All-time Top 10, #8)
Jamie McQuaid, 2nd Place
Zachary S. Hitchner, 3rd Place
Non-Typical Muzzleloader
Winners - Nn-Typical Muzzleloader
Robert Staudt, 1st Place (All-time Top 10, #8)
Paul Bouchard, 2nd Place
Dana F. Wiberg, 3rd Place
Velvet - Typical Archery
Winner - Velvet Non-Typical Archery
Peter Paradise, 1st Place (All-time Top 10, #2)
Velvet - Non-Typical Archery
Winner - Velvet Typical Archery
Matthew C. Bergamo 1st Place (All-time Top 10, #1)

WINNERS of the 2014 DEER CLASSIC
Category Place Name Weight County Harvested DMZ Date Harvested
135 Pound Doe Club - Shotgun 1st Nicholas Casella 146 lbs.
All Time Top Ten, #8
Gloucester 35 12/12/2012
200 Pound Buck Club - Archery 1st Glen K. Homan 226.25 lbs.
All Time Top Ten, #10
Gloucester 49 10/13/2012
2nd Nicholas A. Bergamo 213 lbs. Cumberland 47 9/9/2012
200 Pound Buck Club - Crossbow 1st Dennis R. Butler 222 lbs.
All Time Top Ten, #1
Salem 27 11/3/2012

Category Place Name Score County Harvested DMZ Date Harvested
Typical Archery 1st David Delfa 158 7/8
All Time Top Ten, #7
Middlesex 14 10/20/2012
2nd William J. Luke 157 5/8
All Time Top Ten, #8
Sussex 2 11/16/2012
3rd Nicholas Bockbrader 151 1/8 Warren 5 9/10/2012
Non-Typical Archery 1st Drew Hoglen, III 157 7/8 Salem 27 11/2/2012
2nd Dakota Hetman 147 5/8 Monmouth 17 11/3/2012
3rd Thomas Gerard 144 4/8 Gloucester 25 11/22/2012
Typical Crossbow 1st Michael J. Lacken 149 1/8
All Time Top Ten, #4
Sussex 5 11/14/2012
2nd Michael J. Esposito, Jr. 147 1/8
All Time Top Ten, #6
Camden 49 1/21/2013
3rd Eddie Price 144 6/8
All Time Top Ten, #8
Salem 35 10/31/2012
Non-Typical Crossbow 1st David Tomlinson 145 4/8
All Time Top Ten, #9
Burlington 23 11/14/2012
Typical Shotgun 1st William Sigle 138 2/8 Hunterdon 11 12/4/2012
2nd Brian LaGrave 133 4/8 Sussex 6 12/3/2012
3rd Christpher S. Chamberlain 127 2/8 Sussex 1 12/8/2012
Non-Typical Shotgun 1st Alvin M. Matlack, Jr. 148 1/8 Gloucester 49 12/3/2012
2nd John A. Foster 141 3/8 Hunterdon 8 12/14/2012
3rd Troy Lail 136 5/8 Gloucester 35 12/3/2012
Typical Muzzleloader 1st Jason Hoffman 149 3/8
All Time Top Ten, #8
Camden 25 11/26/2012
2nd Jamie McQuaid 135 6/8 Morris 13 12/10/2012
3rd Zachary S. Hitchner 129 0/8 Salem 28 11/27/2012
Non-Typical Muzzleloader 1st Robert Staudt 157 3/8
All Time Top Ten, #8
Somerset 14 11/26/2012
2nd Paul Bouchard 149 3/8 Monmouth 16 11/27/2012
3rd Dana F. Wiberg 140 5/8 Gloucester 35 12/17/2012
Velvet - Typical Archery 1st Peter Paradise 128 4/8
All Time Top Ten, #2
Morris 9 9/11/2012
Velvet - Non-Typical Archery 1st Matthew C. Bergamo 150 0/8
All Time Top Ten, #1
Gloucester 35 9/9/2012
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