Bow Bill Press release


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Immediate Release
August 20, 2010

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Van Drew and Oroho, and Assemblypersons Burzichelli, McHose, Albano, Milam, Moriarity, Chiusano, Addiego, Rudder and Riley that modifies the perimeter for bow hunting around occupied buildings was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

The new law changes the area for bow hunting around an occupied building to 150 feet and will assist in providing a means of accessing deer populations for culling purposes. “This bill will go a long way toward helping to reverse destruction of our forests and help restore balance to currently compromised ecosystems throughout New Jersey. These ecosystems are life sustaining habitats for a myriad of dependent wildlife,” said Anthony P Mauro, Sr, chairman of New Jersey Outdoor Alliance.

Restrictions for bow hunting within 450 of a school playground remain in effect. The law also stipulates that an arrow may only be released when the hunter is in an elevated position, which ensures the arrow has limited travel and a downward trajectory.

Mauro continued, “The law not only facilitates the reduction of deer and car collisions but will also help to diminish a source known for carrying the deer tick, which responsible for most of the cases of Lyme disease.” Bow hunting has a proven track record of being a safe and effective means of controlling game populations.

Tom Connors, Legislative Liaison, New Jersey Outdoors Alliance stated, “There are many diverse conservation organizations that supported this bill, including United Bow Hunters, NJ Audubon, Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Trout Unlimited, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, NJ Farm Bureau and more. The law is good public policy.”

In 2006 Pennsylvania successfully changed its bow hunting limit from 450 feet to 150 feet without compromising public safety.

“I’m thrilled to see that both the legislature and Governor are providing the necessary leadership to ensure public safety and environmental stewardship,” said Mauro. “This law is but one of many changes that we need in New Jersey to assist us in the caretaking of our natural resources.”

The Governor also signed into law a measure that will authorize counties to develop community based deer management plans and apply for special deer management permits for county-owned lands.


Anthony P. Mauro, Sr
NewJersey Outdoor Alliance
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Conservation Foundation
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance Environmental Projects

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