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September 18, 2001


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As part of the New Jersey Outstanding White-tailed Deer Program, two new state record deer were honored along with 50 other entries at the 2001 Garden State Deer Classic held during the South Jersey Sportsmen's Jamboree in Cumberland County on September 15 and 16, 2001. The program is jointly sponsored by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, the New Jersey Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, the United Bowhunters of New Jersey and the Atlantic County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs.

"An outstanding deer can be an individual's first deer, a veteran hunter's first deer with a different weapon or a deer which meets certain criteria for antler development or weight as determined by New Jersey's Outstanding White-tailed Deer Program," said Division Director Bob McDowell. "The program is a testament to New Jersey's quality deer management program and the white-tailed deer's adaptability to thrive in the Garden State."

The New Jersey Outstanding White-tailed Deer Program was initiated in 1964. It includes categories for typical and non-typical antlered deer taken with bow, shotgun and muzzleloading rifle in addition to the 200-pound buck and 135-pound doe field dressed weight categories.

The new state record for a non-typical buck harvested in 2000 with a bow was taken from Upper Deerfield, Cumberland County by Darrell Capps of Bridgeton and scored 203 3/8. The new state record for a non-typical buck harvested in 2000 with a muzzleloader was taken from Jackson, Ocean County by Edward Eloe of Eatontown and scored 188 7/8.

All antlered deer are scored using the Boone & Crockett Club system that gives credit to antler length, spread, number of points and symmetry. Age, health, genetics and nutrition are the major factors contributing to deer reaching trophy status.

A list of the 2000 winners follows:

Name:		   	Place:	         Category:		   Score:		

Walter Ziobro		1st.		Typical Shotgun		   158 0/8
Kai Zimmermann		2nd.		Typical Shotgun		   152 1/8
David Hamlen		3rd.		Typical Shotgun		   143 7/8

Wayne Foster		1st.		Typical Archery		   157 5/8
John Morris, Jr.	2nd.		Typical Archery		   154 7/8
Steve Ficarro		3rd.		Typical Archery		   152 4/8

Darrell T. Capps	1st.		Non-Typical Archery	   203 3/8
(new state record!)
Arthur C. L'Hommedieu	2nd.		Non-Typical Archery	   146 5/8
Kenneth W. Baker	3rd.		Non-Typical Archery	   142 0/8

Frank Carini		1st.		Typical Muzzleloader	   139 0/8
Dennis A. Post		2nd.		Typical Muzzleloader	   137 5/8
Guy F. Gallant		3rd.		Typical Muzzleloader	   136 2/8

Edward Eloe		1st.		Non-Typical Muzzleloader   188 7/8
(new state record!)
Bob Eisele, Sr.		2nd.		Non-Typical Muzzleloader   136 7/8
(no 3rd. place entry in this category)

Charles R. Wilson			135 Pound Doe Club	   142 pounds
(Only 135 Pound Doe Club entry this year)

(There were no 200 Pound Buck Club entries this year)