New Jersey State Chapter
of the
National Wild Turkey Federation

Board
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Superfund Committee
Schedule of Events
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New Jersey State Chapter Board of Directors 2019
Position Name Phone/Email
Officers
President Lou Gambale 609-350-3134
loudg56@gmail.com
Vice President &
Show and Sales Chair.
Jim Salt 732-690-6745
jsaltathome@aol.com
Treasurer Jackie Hill 973-216-7710
jackiehill262@gmail.com
Secretary &
WITO Coordinator
Cristina McGannon Jones 732-740-1015
clmcgannon@gmail.com
Chairman
Thunder Mtn Project
Ray Eriksen 908-665-9051
jakman1023@aol.com
Jakes Coordinator Tim Blum 908-763-3023
tim_blum@lycos.com
Chapter Representatives
Director
NJ State Chapter
John Kimball 732-283-2921
goblr1@comcast.net
Director
Spruce Run Chapter
Jerry McCusker* 908-797-8731
jerrymccuske@yahoo.com
Director
Spruce Run Chapter
Mike DiBiaggio 908-730-9072
michaeldibiagio@comcast.net
Director
Tri-County Longbeards
Nick Weiss 609-476-4135
npwhunts@verizon.net
Director
Spruce Run Chapter
Andrew Jones 908-892-3586
njdeerhunter1994@yahoo.com
Director
Tri-County Longbeards
Jay Sutton* 609-352-6957
jhunt72@comcast.net
Director
NJ State Chapter
Rich Kinney 973-271-0183
Director
NJ State Chapter
Bob Eriksen H: 908-454-1882
C: 908-319-6968
boberiksen1023@gmail.com
*Denotes Chapter President

Superfund Committee
Bob Eriksen
Chairman
P: 908-454-1882
C: 908-319-6968
boberiksen1023@gmail.com
John Kimball
732-283-2921
goblr1@comcast.net>
Nick Weiss

609-476-4135
npwhunts@verizon.net

Save the Habitat / Save the Hunt
Coordinator Lou Gambale
609-350-3134
loudg56@gmail.com
Please click on the following link to report on Hunter Recruitment
Downloadable .pdf Hunter Recruitment Form

NWTF National Contacts
OFFICE CONTACT MAILING ADDRESS Phone / E-Mail
Director Field Operations
Mid-Atlantic States
Philip Ferrare, Jr. 814-796-0983
pferrare@nwtf.net
Regional Director Shawn Weddle 23715 Leathers Road
Smithsburg, MD 21783
(240) 446-9547
sweddle@nwtf.net
Regional Biologist Mitchell Blake 564 McCabe Road
Landisburg, PA 17040
(814) 977-0007
mblake@nwtf.net
NWTF National Director Scott Hill 262 Burnt Meadow Road
Ringwood, NJ 07456
H: 973-839-7939
TurkeyHouse@aol.com

Schedule of Events
Banquets Show and Sales Outreach Program Events
HH Banquet - Highlands March 2, 2019
NJ State Chapter Awards TBA 2019
Turkey Hunting Seminars:
March 16, 2019 Pequest
March 30, 2019 South

Feb.28 - Mar 3, 2019 -Suffern Show
April 28-29, 2019 -Pequest Open House
TBA - 2019 -NJ Wild Outdoors
JAKES EVENTS
JTA Range Schedule
Wheelin'Warrior News
WITO News
Jakes News

Meetings
The New Jersey State Chapter meets Quarterly

Next Meeting:

March 10, 2019
Assumpink WMA Conservation Center

Eldridge Road
Allentown, NJ

9:00 AM

Directions
New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 7A, I-195 East.
Procede to Immlaystown-Heightstown Road, Turn Left onto Imlaystown-Heightstown Road. At Stop Sign, Tractor Supply on left, continue straight (slight jog), At next Stop Sign, Turn Right onto E. Branch Road. E. Branch Road turns right at WMA Headquarters. Bear Left onto Eldridge Rd. Main Office on right. Proceed 1/3 mile to Club House on Right.

SHOWS AND SALES

Dan Wyant Dinner
Feb. 16, 2019

Hawk Pointe Golf Club
4 Clubhouse Drive,
Washington, NJ 07882

The State Chapter was invited to man a booth and conduct fund raiser raffles at this year's
Annual Dan Wyant Adventures Dinner.

The State Chapter helped to conduct registration and held a couple of raffles.
All were invited to attend, and the Chapter benefitted greatly from the event.

This year we had an NWTF Print, Elk Sculpture, and three guns
- A Savage Bolt Action Slug Gun, A Ruger 10/22, and a Marlin Model 94 Lever in .45-70.

Even after exepenses, the chapter did very well.

Dan Wyant invited several outfitters and interested hunters and fishermen to his
"Hunting Heritage Dinners"
as a fund raiser and mini-Outdoors Sportsmen Show.
Outfitters are invited to present their products and book outings.

An "African Safari" was donated to the chapter, was sold at the event and raised over $300 for the chapter.

Once again food was great, the location is great and everyone had a good time.

THANKS FOR JOINING US!
Dan Wyant Dinner Flyer




The NJ State Chapter coordinating with the New York Region, RD
will be manning a booth at the Suffern Show
to promote the NWTF and generate interest in forming new chapters.
Both NY and NJ turkey chapters will be present
to provide Literature, Turkey Calling Seminars, and sell turkey calls.

Both NJ's Lou Gambale and Sean Langevin (NY-RD) will be there to represent the NWTF


(Click on image for show info)



ANNUAL TURKEY HUNTING SEMINARS

The Division of Fish and Wildlife sponsors two Turkey Hunting Seminars in March.
One seminar is held at the Pequest Hatchery, the other at Batsto Village in South Jersey.

NORTHERN SEMINAR
Pequest Fish Hatchery, Oxford, NJ


MARCH 16, 2019
1:00pm

Bob Eriksen, retired NJ Turkey Biologist, and NWTF Regional Biologist,
will be conducting the
Annual Wild Turkey Hunting Seminar
at the Pequest Fish Hatchery
located off Rt. 46, in Oxford.

Bob will cover hunting gear, safety, tactics, and calling.

The NJ State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation
will be on hand to provide information on the NWTF,
sell turkey calls, and provide expertise in use of and techniques of calling, following the seminar.

When the date is announced, a downloadable flyer will be available.




SOUTHERN SEMINAR
Batsto Village, Wharton State Forest


MARCH 30, 2019
10:00am-1:00pm

Lou Gambale, President of the State Chapter, NWTF,
will be conducting the
Wild Turkey Hunting Seminar
in the Southern Region
in March, 2019
(Date to Be Announced)
at Batsto Village located in the Wharton State Forest, Burlington County.

Details coming




ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE - PEQUEST
April 28-29, 2019
The 2019 Annual Open House at Pequest has been scheduled for Arpil 28-29, 2019. (conditions permitting)

The State Chapter will be there, manning a booth to distribute literature and sell Turkey Calls again.

If we have enough volunteers, we will man the Jakes Take Aim Trailer,
but even without this portable range,
this is a great event to bring the kids.

Fishing, Shooting, Great Food, BIG TROUT
LOTS OF FUN
Pequest Open House

SPECIAL AWARDS
ROGER LATHAM
NWTF CONSERVATION AWARD

The NWTF presents Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Awards
to members who are not employed as professional wildlife managers but have made significant
contributions to wild turkey conservation.

Only Five of these Awards Were Presented at the 2019 NWTF Convention

The New Jersey State Chapter, Board of Directors nominated Lou Gambale for the 2019 Roger Latham Award in recognition of his outstanding work in promoting the Save the Habitat/Save the Hunt initiative, Promoting the NWTF and its conservation programs and tireless work in working to Preserve our Hunting Heritage.

Letters of recommendation and support accompanied our nomination.

Press Release:
"NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Louis Gambale, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, knows the importance of recruiting the next generation of hunters and the conservation of our natural resources. His volunteer efforts in both arenas earned national recognition from the National Wild Turkey Federation, which presented Gambale with a Roger M. Latham Sportsman Wild Turkey Service Award." . . .
Congratulations To
LOU GAMABLE

Recipient of The
2019 ROGHER LATHAM AWARD

Roger Latham Award Official NWTF Press Release

ANNIE OAKLEY
NWTF WITO AWARD

"Annie Oakley, best known for her shooting skills, also influenced generations of women to try something new."

In honor of Annie Oakley, and the spirit she instilled in women, the NWTF created the
Annie Oakley Award, the highest honor given to a WITO volunteer
to honor exemplary women who have demonstrated this same spirit in the NWTF.

The NWTF presents
ONLY ONE OF THESE AWARDS ANNUALLY
to honor a woman's volunteering & Mentoring Efforts

The New Jersey State Chapter, Board of Directors nominated Cristina McGannon Jones for the 2019 Annie Oakley Award in recognition of her outstanding work in promoting the WITO Program, encouaging women to get involved in the outdoors, mentoring turkey and deer hunting, and promoting wildlife conservation.

Letters of recommendation and support accompanied our nomination.

Lou Gambale wrote:
"Many Thanks to all you great folks that stepped up and for her nomination with personal letters of support. When I rolled up the packet to send to HQ I was so impressed with the content and sincere words highlighting all Cristina means to our state.

So it is official! I have given Cristina the great news. She will be receiving a packet from HQ shortly reviewing the award and events she and Andy will attend. I'm so happy I will be able to join them at these events and I hope any of you attending convention will as well."


Congratulations To
CRISTINA McGANNON JONES

Recipient of The
2019 ANNIE OAKLEY WITO AWARD

Annie Oakley Award Official NWTF Press Release

ROBERT ERIKSEN
CONSERVATION AWARD

Bob Eriksen (alive and well) served as the NJ State Wildlife Biologist for over 20 years, and was largely responsible for the Wild Turkey Managment Restoration Project in NJ. Bob then joined the NWTF as a Regional Biologist for NJ, DE, PA, and MD. Bob recently retired from that position and now serves in a consulting positon with the NWTF.

The Robert Eriksen Conservation Award is usually given to an indiividual who's outstanding conservation work in the field helps to improve habitat, and promote sound wildlife managment. The New Jersey State Chapter Board of Directors
is proud to present
The US Fish and Wildlife Service
Walkill River National Wildlife Refuge Staff


The 2017
Robert E. Eriksen Conservation
Award


In recoginition of the outstanding efforts
put forth by the Refuge Staff, in supporting the NWTF's



Initiative through providing
Youth, Women, and Disabled and Wounded Warriors
Hunting and Fishing Opportunities
And
Participation in the
Thunder Mountain Habitat Restoration Project


Willam E. Smith
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award is issued to an individual who has been an outstanding volunteer in his/her local New Jersey Chapter.
Several special volunteers have been awarded this honor.

The recipient receives an
Engraved Trophy an Engraved Plaque and $250.

Cristina McGannon has been an outstanding volunteer over the past two years,
She has worked tirelessly on Wheelin's Sportsmen, WITO and JAKES events held at the Walkill National Wildlife Refuge, in Wantage, NJ.
Cristina has now taken over more responsiblity as the NJ State WITO coordinator and is now the Secretary for the New Jersey State Chapter.

It is with pride that the State Chapter recognizes Cristina for her achievments and dedication to our favorite game bird - the wild turkey,

The New Jersey State Chapter is proud to award
CRISTINA McGANNON

The
Willam E. Smith

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

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