Picatinny celebrating National Hunting, Fishing Day Sept. 13
Fishing becomes a family affair as children put their parents to work untangling lines and baiting hooks during one of Picatinny's previous observations of National Hunting and Fishing Day.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. -- The Picatinny Rod and Gun Association will sponsor this year's National Hunting and Fishing Day here at Lynn's Pond near Bucky's, the former Rod and Gun Club, 10 a.m. until noon Sept. 13.

This event captures the heart of all youngsters who attend the annual event not to mention the parents and grandparents alike. They all look forward to fishing, games, and prizes each year. Also, more than 300 trout will be stocked in advance for this event.

Prizes will be provided for the heaviest fish in three age groups: 6 and under, 7 to 11 and 12 to 15; but all participants will receive a prize.

While parents or sponsors do not need to be licensed fishermen or PRGA members, because limited tackle will be available, participants should bring their own. Also, New Jersey fishing licenses and Picatinny permits are not required for participants of the event.

There is a lot of work, time, effort, and money put into this annual event - including buying and preparing the food, ordering and paying for the trout to be stocked, cleaning the weeds in and around the pond, finding displays for the club, solicitation of prizes to be donated for the children from local establishments, assisting the children by netting fish, untangling lines, weighing of the fish, running the pellet range and finally clean-up. It is up to everyone to make this annual event happen and provide a memorable day for the children. In addition to the fishing, there will be a pellet-gun range, an archery range, conservation displays, literature and video, food and refreshments, a water-fowl retrieving demonstration and a bird-dog pointing demonstration with live pheasants. As an added feature, the annual membership pig roast is scheduled at Bucky's for 5 p.m. Sept. 13. The cost is $28 per couple, $17 per single attendee, $9 per child 12 and under, and free for children under the age of 6.

Contact NHFD chairman Mike Tutko at PicatinnyPRGA@gmail.com for tickets or to volunteer. Picatinny Lake offers a healthy and plentiful variety of fish for all young anglers. The fishery has never been healthier, thanks to the catch-and-release practices of so many of the Picatinny anglers young and old. And it is available to all military, civilian and federal contract employees working at Picatinny, as well as their children, spouses and parents. See Picatinny Garrison Regulation 200-3, for the exact eligibility rules.

For people 16 years and older, all it takes is a 2008 New Jersey fishing license with trout stamp and a 2008 Picatinny fishing permit from the Take-Off Center. People may even use the Picatinny Morale, Welfare and Recreation boats on the installation's lakes and ponds for free by signing up for the Picatinny Rod and Gun Association.

Late arrivals are welcome, because there is no registration.

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