Deer Tracking Available For All UBNJ Members

Greetings my fellow bowhunters and UBNJ Members, my name is Rich Stollery and I volunteered to be the liaison between UBNJ and the conservation program known as Division of Fish and Game Permit 131.

Permit # 131 allows for qualified dogs and their handlers to track deer that have been deemed "lost" or unrecoverable. We have 13 dogs and handlers this year, which is exciting. There will be a handler call/contact list up on the UBNJ web site for the entire season.

The conditions and parameters will be up on the site as well, such as: all dogs must be leashed at all times while tracking, landowner permission is a must before tracking can commence, and so on. Read up on the details on UBNJ web site, print out the handler list and keep it in your truck/hunting vehicle.

Should you shoot a deer and can't find it give one of us a call. Try to call the handler that lives closet to the lost deer first, this should help reduce the time your deer is laying in the woods. You will be asked a series of questions by the handler and if he/she feels there is a chance to recover your deer you can make arrangements to meet the handler, the dog, and blood track your lost deer. The handler may turn down your request if he/she feels the deer is not recoverable from the details of your phone conversation.

This is a volunteer service, although we do accept donations to help defray the costs of fuel, auto etc. Current NJ law does not allow for the use of dogs during the hunting of deer in any form. The 10 people listed on Permit 131 are the ONLY people allowed to use dogs to find wounded deer in the state of NJ.

The dedicated volunteers and their dogs are not your personal deer recovery service so please have consideration for our time and efforts and only call us after you have tried to recover the animal yourself. The impetus behind this Permit is to gather data on deer recovery with leashed tracking dogs. The end use of this data will be used to craft legislation that will amend current state law and allow a certified leashed tracking dog to recover deer for NJ hunters. Currently there are 30 other states that allow some type of big game recovery with tracking dogs. New York State has been doing this for over 30 years with impressive results.

My email address is on the list, should you have any questions drop me a line. I will update the web site during the season with any changes.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Shoot straight!

Rich Stollery

Handler Contact Information

Tracker Town Phone E-mail
Darren Doran East Brunswick NJ 08816 908 331 2041
Rich Stolery Piscataway NJ 08854 908 347 2844
Andy Bensing  Reading PA 19605 610 413 7094
Sherry L. Ruggieri Mantua NJ 08051 609 313 5484
John Drahos Oceanport,NJ 07757 732 996 4967
Arthur Garey Jr. Tabernacle NJ 08088 609 284 4188
Jeremy Garey Atco NJ 08004 856 834 8588
Richard RA Dotzenrod Easton PA 18042 908 878 7376
Paul Consol  Freehold NJ 07728 908 415-9542
Renee Bickar  Glen Gardner NJ 08826 848 248 0788
Kyle Gilson Cedarville NJ 08079 856 207 2377
Casey S. Florek  ,Jamesburg NJ 08831 732 850 8144
Andrew Stevens Piscataway NJ 08854 732 713 1313
Joe Quinn Glassboro NJ 08028 856 889 2035
David Bush Ewing NJ 08618 609 510 0791
Justin Thomas Sicklerville NJ 08081 609 680 3896
Kristopher Applegate  Phillipsburg NJ 08865 908 235 7134
Marc Niad Yorktown Heights Westchester NY 914 4341231