That is a very interesting area at Saltar’s Ditch. Photographed the same area a couple years ago. Tested the board by carefully crossing it and saw the structure as well. Seems to be very old with all the roots intertwined through it. One of my favorite areas to explore, especially in winter. Need to get back out there!This morning I headed to the south side of Atsion lake in the far back looking for one of the Princeton cedar swamp study area's. I did not find anything at the location I was looking. I did get to the back of the lake though.
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Usually I walk the road where it crosses Salters Ditch but today I noticed this board across the creek and took that route. While crossing it I noticed an old dam or foundation for a bridge in the ditch so I sat on the board and took a photo of the structure.
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The structure. I have walked by this for years and never saw it.
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From the back showing both structure and board.
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I then headed to Friendship Bogs to revisit a monument I found many years ago and can't find my photos. I wanted to check if it was still there as it was close to falling in the culvert.
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Hope you have better luck next time! Never know what you’re going to run into. Looking forward to the next update.The same map that Spung-man posted showing the Goshen area also shows the location of various property stones around the barrens. This one shows the location of the I (eye) C stone of Israel Chew from Chewtown on Chew road. Using the various information I have accumulated over the years I was able to figure out the location this stone would be located at. I know the survey line, but I don't know exactly where along that line it was located. However, the map tells us that the blue line is the old road running along the stream and if the map is correct the stone would be near the road.
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So first thing this morning Jessica and I spent a half hour walking the line along the road and further from the road and came up empty. It is just one large patch of briers in one location but I walked it anyway and drew quite a bit of blood. Jessica stayed for the most part along the dim road directing me. In reality it is now a trail but you can see at one time this road was a major one.
From there we headed to another location along the Tusco Musco branch where these two stone are located. The one on the left is 33 feet East of Evans road and both of them are south of the Tusco Musco. Even though it looks like the one on the right is inscribed N C E the fact is I have other information that says differently. The letters are actually N C T E with the T and the E connected on the map and maybe the stone itself. Notice that below.
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It took me a while to even figure out where the proper location of the Tusco Musco was so I contacted Jerseyman to have him confirm I was at the proper location. He agreed so after our adventure above we headed there and walked Evans road. Jessica discovered a cell phone trail camera along the road so the owners got a few good shots of my face staring at it. I then walked 33 feet or so East of the road and again came up empty.
While standing in the road Jessica saw someone coming towards us on an e-bike but they turned and went to our right. We were going left so we headed down to where they were and headed left looking for the incised stone. After a half mile walk we discover these just laying there with nobody around.
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We continued on and then we noticed them. Coming towards us with their guns over their shoulder we came face to face with hunters. I asked them if we interrupted them and he answered yes. He did not seem happy with us. We continued on and scoped out the area and I will be returning again to look for the stone. On the way back we saw them passing through the woods on bikes and ran into them loading them into their truck. They avoided looking at us and so we ignored them as well. I guess they figured nobody would be out there and we disappointed them.
I think it's just a matter of time, regulations [laws] have not caught up to recent technology. Same for E- auto, when are they going to start paying for the roads?When does a bicycle turn into a motorcycle? I was in Ocean City last summer and saw a dude riding an electric bicycle driving down the road at 35 mph towing a trailer. He wasn't wearing a helmet and weaved through the traffic at car speeds.
I not a fan of regulation but I found it ironic that a moped has to be registered and insured and the driver must have a valid license.
Snares are legal for trapping every day from November 15 to March 15 each year, Guy. They have to be physically checked every 24 hours. Cameras don't count.
There should be a brass trap tag on the snare, usually attached to the swivel point.. The tag has to have the CID number of the trapper on it. For some of us old guys, there is a prior numbering system that is still valid. I have an older 3 digit ID. The ID number can be provided to a Conservation Officer if you have a specific complaint and they will contact the trapper. The trapper's actual name is not required to be on the tag to prevent undue harassment from the public. If there is no tag on the snare, that's a violation.
The loop size of the snare is regulated at a max diameter of 12" and a max height from the ground to the top of the snare loop of 24". A loop stop is required in NJ to restrict diameter to 12". The snare also has to have a deer stop that prevents the snare from closing on a deer's hoof.
Yes, your photos show that the snare is not set. I see a support wire wrapped around the snare and I see no formed loop.It is not easy to get to this camera. The person would need a motorcycle or to walk a fairly long distance. Let say they traveled Jackson road every day to and from work they would have to drive a dirt road for 5 full minutes and walk for 10 to get there. Then to return to Jackson it would again be 15 minutes. So 30 minutes minumum each day would be involved checking it.
And to be honest the snare looks like it is not even working and I cleaned off the camera to view it because it had vegetation all on it. And the snare is mostly under leaves and pine needles. The only part above ground is what you see in my photo.