Growing up in Califon New Jersey, I grew to love the outdoors at a very young age.
At the age of three, my Father was teaching me how to fish on the Bridge in Califon and by the age of nine, I was walking alongside my Dad with a single-shot .410. Hunting rabbits & pheasants and was 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 enjoy 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”