Growing up in Califon New Jersey, Ken Beam grew to love the outdoors at a very young age.
At the age of three, his Father was teaching him how to fish on the Bridge in Califon and by the age of nine, he was walking along side his Dad with a single-shot .410 hunting rabbits & pheasants and trapping
muskrats and raccoons along the river in Califon by eleven.
“My father taught me to appreciate the wilderness when I was a very young boy,….a fondness that never left me. Heck I get just as excited today as that very first morning deer hunting with Dad when I was when ten years old. As I stood alongside my tree on that cold day in December, my teeth were chattering as I watched the sun come up over the horizon. Then right before eight `o`clock three shots rang out…..and as I turned towards the sound of those shots, a buck appeared! I raised my gun and then another buck appeared! Now I was really shaking as I aimed! Then a third buck appeared! Talk about excitement! I don`t know if I was shivering more from shooting at(and missing!) those three bucks or the ten degree weather! Quite an experience and memory for a ten year old boy”
“I think there are a lot of folks that do not realize the abundance of activities to enjoy in the New Jersey Wilderness. From camping to hiking to canoeing to apple-picking to watching bald eagles, there are truly some fantastic things to experience if you venture into the Great Outdoors of New Jersey.
When I`m out and about I do indeed sharing my experiences and knowledge with younger fishermen and hunters that I meet. If you have any questions or I can offer any advice, please feel free ask in the comments of this site.
Hopefully our paths will cross someday in the New Jersey Wilderness.
“Fishin` with my Dad in Califon NJ at the age of three”