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Ssamac
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I started a thread on this earlier, but this has a different twist. I live in Illinois and can shoot right out of my door if I want. However I might have to move to NJ>

Meanwhile, my brother who never shot a bow lives in Mahwah. Thinking that I'd like to get him a bow for his upcoming birthday and start him shooting. Where can he do that? I saw some parks but it says you need a permit. Do you need an archery permit in NJ? Wow.

Suggestions on how to accomplish this without getting arrested would be really welcome.
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To legally shoot in the State run ranges you need a NJ hunting lic or be with someone that has one. Jersey does have 6 months of Bow hunting, which is good. But... IMAO Jersey sucks .... If You or him knows anyone with land You can shoot there with out a NJ lic, or go to any of the TRAD/Bow shoots or even join a club. I hope this helps.
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So if you go to a shoot or a club range you don't need the permit.
If you go to a state park range, you need a permit even if you are not hunting. Who wrote this law? Barnie Frank?

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Probably the state is concerned with liability. If you have a hunting license, you probably passed a test in NJ that involved something like shooting a pie plate at 20 yards as well as written exam. Probably the idea behind the law was to try to screen out arrow flingers with IQ's less than their bow weight causing problems on the public range for others.

That doesn't do much for someone who wants to learn though. I think he really has to find a private club as his best bet:
http://www.funnewjersey.com/upload_user/Different_Outdoor_adventures_NJ/ARCHERY_RANGES_NJ.HTM

There may be no other option but to drive a considerable distance. That part of NJ is too crowded to ever be anything like shooting out your backdoor.

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A person can shoot a bow without a licence or permit at a archery shop that has a range or on private property. To shoot on the State Ranges at WMA's you do need a licence or be with someone in your party that has a licence.

Now I am a bit familiar with the Mahwah area. Depending on where he lives and the size of his property he may be able to practice safely in his own yard. Some of the yards are pretty darn big in Mahwah. But I suggest he check the local laws first. Where I live the law says a person can't shoot a bow or firearm within the town limits. But I shoot in my back yard with out having any problems. I know other guys in town who shoot their compounds in clear site of the street and they don't get hassled by the cops.

There is also some kind of archery club up there in Mahwah that holds a traditional shoot if memory is correct.

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there is a great outdoor range in the Mahwah area. You do need a permit, to shoot there, and I can't seem to remember how much it was. It was cheap though. The permit can be acquired through his county parks department. Not much else in that area that I know of.

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there is an archery range in mahwah, nj (campgaw). it's owned by bergen county and run by the bergen bowman archery club (compound & trad). the range requires a bergen county resident permit for a $12 annual fee - the permit card is displayed on the car dashboard when parked at the range. you don't need a hunting license to get the range permit.

the range itself consists of an open parking lot that faces the 6 excelsior bale practice butts, 10-35 yards. to the left of the parking lot is a brick bathroom building that's mostly open on weekends or during shoots. next to the bathroom is the path to the full nfaa 28 target field course - with exclesior butts. bergen bowmen also host other types of shoots including 3d.

now, as to shooting archery on your new jersey residential home owner's property, for the most part that's dependent on the county and township you live in, but for most suburban areas it's illegal to launch arrows. lots depends on your neighbors and where on your property you'll set up for safe shooting.

i rove the woods of the mahwah range a few times a month, be glad to shoot with ya!

hope this helps.

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I love the IQ less than bow weight. Have to remember that. As far as Campgaw, I did find that and that's where I read about the permit. Looks like a great setup. So if he gets a permit and puts it in his car window, that's all we need or do we both also need a NJ Hunting license too>?

Thanks all for responding. Not used to all the legaleze. In Illiois you are supposed to travel a bow "unstrung" In the case of a compound, they put a plastic tie around the string so you can't pull it. You are supposed to have a case too. I don't have to do that in IA or MO (I border the three states within 20 mins) I would imagine that NJ has some stuff like that too.


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no hunting license of any type needed to shoot the campgaw range. if you walk into the range, you need no permit at all to shoot. if you park at the range, you need the bergen county parking permit.

i have no knowledge about the laws governing unstrung or strung bows with regards to car transport in new jersey. my bows are transported in every conceivable manner - in bow socks, unstrung and strung, in plain view in the back of my wagon. don't think this is ever an issue with cops, but who knows.

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As far as New Jersey a bow is supposed to be cased when transported strung or unstrung is irrelevant...unstrung only allows a bow sock to be used as a case if you make it to jersey im about five minutes from campgaw and shoot there regularly id meet ya there to fling a few as well

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Ssamac
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OK guys Rob has sent me some super stuff. If it works out I'll be out last weekend in April and we can teach my brother to shoot. About time
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quote:
Originally posted by pcappy08:
...unstrung only allows a bow sock to be used as a case ...

there are strung longbow and recurve socks/bags - but who cares? [Big Grin]

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Mystic,

only 2-3 weeks outside of Jersey and your bashing it already? thats not nice.....lol

I'll take jersey any day of the week compared to some of the other places i have been!

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Campgaw is a great spot never crowded. I have shot in my backyard all my life and never had a problem in the Mahwah area.
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quote:
Originally posted by doeboy:
Mystic,

only 2-3 weeks outside of Jersey and your bashing it already? thats not nice.....lol

I'll take jersey any day of the week compared to some of the other places i have been!

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Originally posted by mysticguido:
To legally shoot in the State run ranges you need a NJ hunting lic or be with someone that has one. Jersey does have 6 months of Bow hunting, which is good. But... IMAO Jersey sucks .... If You or him knows anyone with land You can shoot there with out a NJ lic, or go to any of the TRAD/Bow shoots or even join a club. I hope this helps.


Where did I bash Jersey???
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