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Started by Pine Swamp Bear in New Jersey Bears 8 months ago

Hello! I'm excited to connect and grow a strong bear community in the Garden State. If you find this group be sure to join and hopefully we can grow big enough for meet ups and more. 


8 months ago

   I'll throw in a little introduction of myself. I'm pine swamp bear, name kind of says it all. I was born and raised in the southern half of New Jersey in the pine barrens and wet lands. Growing up I always enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and just red assing out in the woods with four wheelers and dirt bikes. Almost about 2 years ago I moved to Florida mostly for my career, after a while it didn't feel like home to me, and the heat was terrible. So I drove cross country and explored most of the great western states. After being out there for a while I felt distant from my family and home. Since then I moved back to NJ and began growing where I was originally planted. Through the inspiration of the bears and others I learned, gained skills, built, and am working towards building a family someday. 

I'd love to connect with any local bears!

Take care and god bless. 


Joe
8 months ago

Hey brother, good to see another crusher here from NJ.  I'll copy my intro from the South Jersey, Philadelphia, Delaware group to here.

Good morning, fellow Bears.  I'm Joe, I'm from Brick (south-central-ish NJ), and I'll be stuck in this state for ~5 more years - until after I finish up my apprenticeship.  After that, I'm currently leaning towards moving out to Wyoming, Missouri, South Dakota, or Idaho, with West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia on the table for closer options.  Until then, all I can do is pay off debt, save for the future, and keep working on improving myself.  I'm a bit of a hermit/recluse, but I nonetheless feel both relieved and optimistic that fellow-minded individuals exist in this general NJ/PA/DE area (especially here in NJ).  Cheers!

8 months ago
Welcome Electrician Bear glad to meet you! I understand how you feel about moving out of the state. I've had the feeling for years and moved to Florida back around 2016. It was a great experience but didn't feel like home so I did a cross country trip and visited a bunch of states. After being away from family for so long I came back about 2 years ago.  So far I'm just blooming where I'm planting and seeing what the future holds. All the states you mentioned are beautiful and I hope you can get out there soon. Until then I'm glad to connect! 
7 months ago

Yo men I am in Englishtown, I am getting out of here soon selling our houses and going to check out Idaho this week. Dirty jersey can keep the pot holes bending rims. 



Joe
7 months ago

@cesar-espinoza Howdy.  Good for you brother, I hope you can find a great plot of land to move to.

@pine-swamp-bear Same here brother, slowly blooming here where I've been planted, but I'm limiting the depths of my roots.  I won't be able to uproot for ~2 or ~5 years, depending on circumstances with my apprenticeship and the IBEW's rules and regulations.  If I do end up staying here in NJ, I'm considering finding some land a little more inland and perhaps a bit to the south of where I'm currently at.  That's great that you got to experience life in another state for some time, and that you got to travel cross-country and peep many different states.  With respect to weather, scenery, gardening/homesteading potential, and community potential, which states did you enjoy the most?

Cheers, brothers.

7 months ago

Hey update from Idaho, this place is legit and the people are some of the friendliest authentic culture I have met in our country.  


When is our first NJ meet up ? Maybe a bicycle ride at some place that isn’t on lockdown. 

7 months ago

Hey guys,

I grew up in North Jersey, have been around here and NYC most of my life. I've always thought about moving, but there's something about the f-u attitude of New Jersey that I find endearing. I know that sounds ridiculous, but it's probably a bloom where your planted kind of thing. I'm saving to buy my own piece of property, while I do gardening and outdoor work at my brothers place in central jersey.

A meet up would be cool, let me know if something comes up.

7 months ago
Getting my NJ bow tags next week. I used to have access in Old Bridge but not anymore. I'm going to hunt public. Any suggestions on locations?
5 months ago
Hey NJ bears.  I'm 2-3 hours away up in northern jersey... Sussex county but interested in a meet up sometime.   Other than going to college in PA, I've alway lived in Warren or Sussex counties.  I worked on a dairy farm for 10 years and while it doesn't pay like a corporate job, my roots are are in the dirt and manure.  I've grown my own garden for 8 years now and it supplies my family with all our vegetables for the year and we got laying chickens too.  I had a go with honeybees for several years but I had too many things going on and I had to give something up and that was it.  I really like the idea of local community and trying to get that going in my area and I find that bears are some of the best people out there.
5 months ago
Hello fellow Nj bears. My name is Michael or RFA Bear. I’m up in Jersey City where my family started in NJ. We had 7 family members on my grandfather side come here on the Mayflower so there’s that.  I was a diesel tech for 10 years, coffee equip tech for 3 and I’m currently in the HVAC trade. I enjoy this much more than the others. I’m waiting for my name to come up on The FDJC list. I am working on a homestead group with my family but would like to extend to the bears. I’m drawing up an idea for a automated greenhouse. Heating cooling water.   My grandfather, mom and her siblings are all in brick/toms river so if you know the name Nickerson/Casella (Bear from brick) you already know.  I think a meet up would be great.  My friend and I also did a camping trip some years ago. 2nd week of January, no tent. Would like to do some extreme camping again 
Joe
5 months ago

Howdy @RicochetBear and @michael-4 , glad to make your e-acquaintances.  It seems like both of you are crushing hard.

@RicochetBear , my paternal grandparents live in Sussex county - within Vernon, to be more precise.  It is beautiful up there, and I have many fond memories of visiting them from my childhood.

@michael-4 , I also reside in Brick; and though I can't say I've heard of the name Nickerson, I did graduate from high school with a Casella in 2005.  Is there a Matt by chance within your extended family?  If it's the same gentleman, I don't recall ever interacting with him throughout our years together in school, but I knew of him / knew who he was by name and face; and it'd be a trip to learn that someone else I went to high school with is familiar with Owen Benjamin and the Unbearables community.

5 months ago
@electricianbear    yeah Joe. Matt is one of my closest cousins and I got him onto Bb about a year or more ago. He has an older brother James and younger brother Andrew who all were in brick. Matt is currently in Asbury but yes. The bears are definitely here in NJ. 
5 months ago

@electricianbear  it’s a pleasure to connect or reconnect; however this makes sense. I sent you a message. Look forward to chatting.

Joe
5 months ago
@michael-4   @matthew-casella   Thank you, brothers.  What a small world we live in, hahaha.
5 months ago

Sup, Jersey Bears!!!! 

I'm not all that proud to admit, cause I love my roots, but i don't live in Jersey anymore..

I just joined the site and stumbled across this particular forum and thought I'd drop in my love for you guys still representing!!!!!    I grew up in Avenel, which is in Woodbridge Twnsp, up by Edison and those 2 big malls.. Same little town Rahway Prison is in.  Spent my first 22yrs there. It's where a big part of my family still is, and all my best friends were built up from there. I love Jersey. Its home. Despite all of its problems. It's full of crushers apparently still ✊

5 months ago

Hey @michael-4  our bear-ancestors no doubt knew each other.  I'm from the Brewster family line that traveled on that same ship that was not lost at sea.  Nice to meet you.

5 months ago
@RicochetBear    well. My aunt believes we’re related to William Brewster.  So there’s that
5 months ago

@michael-4 nice!  That's the same story I heard from my grandparents.  Probably makes us cousins.  Brewster is my middle name too.

4 months ago

@devin  and @RicochetBear  whats up guys! Just dropping in as to not leave y’all hanging and want to acknowledge fellow Bears. If you had read through, you may have seen that @michael-4  is my cousin and in particular @RicochetBearkind of funny how we could be related in some way. 

 Anyway, take care and stay blessed. 
4 months ago

Hey guys. Mike aka RFA Bear here. I made event pages for my family and friends asking if any of them were interested in these subjects. I personally want to get deeply involved in all of these ASAP. My cousin has 9 acres in Monroe for gardens and live stock. I just got my gun license and I’ve really enjoyed camping in more extreme conditions. I am also working on automated greenhouses for all year gardening and minimal oversight.   Now I share it here. Which of you guys would like to have a meet up sometime and discuss this and more.


1 - greenhouses

2 - food storage, jarring, emergency storage, deep freezer 

3 - chicken coops

4 - self defense

5 - shooting range 

6 - extreme camping 

4 months ago
Happy Thanksgiving bears
Joe
4 months ago
Thank you @michael-4 , I hope you and everyone else had enjoyable and relaxing Thanksgiving festivities.  As for your previous post:  I'd be interested in #2 and #4 in the closer future, #1 in the medium-distanced future, and #3 and #5 in the further future.
4 months ago

Hey @matthew-casella , thanks - nice to meet you too.

@michael-4  , good list of topics.  Currently, I'd be most interested in #1.  I've got a fair bit of experience in #2, 3, 5, though there's always much more to learn so I'm interested.   I've taken courses on #4 using the tools from #5 but given we are in NJ, I need to learn more about #4 without the extra hardware. :)  #6 -  I'm hoping it's not a skill I'll ever need but but it's good knowledge to have.

4 months ago

Hello all.  Cody here from West Orange.

@michael-4  All topics are of interest.  I'm not experienced at any of it but I want to learn.

Any NJ meet ups on the horizon?

4 months ago
Thank you @electricianbear  @RicochetBear  @delpaxton  for responding. I’m not necessarily skilled in any of this as well.   I just got my gun license so I’m in the market for a few guns. I was hoping someone should know of a place to shoot. Especially small arms training courses.  I did go on a 2 night camping trip with a friend one time  the second week of January with no tent and really enjoyed it.  Learned how to make snare traps and life with what we could carry on our backs. It didn’t go as far into skills as I wanted but I figured we could make a nice weekend trip practicing skills while in the woods to start.   I have ideas for an automated green house. The water heating and ventilation so I was hopping any other mechanically inclined bears would be able to go over the specifics with me.  I would really like to do a meet up. I think meeting everyone at least once to get a feel of the group. Get a better idea of our skill sets and see what we can move forward with.  I have 9 acres in Monroe where my cousin said i can grow whatever I want.  So I’d like to get that going at some point.  I’m in Jersey city.  We have west orange. Asbury. Brick. Sussex your a bit north.  Where else. 
4 months ago
Monroe Two sounds like a decent central location.   I don’t mind a drive. If Asbury is the town out near Washington then it looks like most are in the northern half of the state and one bear in Brick so if my bearings are right, central NJ seems about right. 
4 months ago
Hi, I’m from central jersey, currently living with my sister in Whitehouse station and work in Princeton. I was afraid there weren’t any bears out here but was pleasantly surprised especially bc I’m planning to start dating again. 
Joe
4 months ago

@michael-4   I've heard good things about Shore Shot Pistol/Rifle Range in Lakewood, but I haven't been there myself so I can't give personal testimony.  Pursuing a gun license and gun training have been on the back burner for me for too long; my attention and focus are always being pulled in different directions.  As for your automated green house idea, that sounds awesome.  I have some basic electrical experience and familiarity, and though I'm still a sparky and I'm still ignorant to most of HVAC (other than wiring roof-top HVAC units) I'd be down to help in any way I can.

@RicochetBear   I just learned from your post that there are both an Asbury NJ and an Asbury Park NJ, hahaha.  I think you're right, central NJ seems to be the midway point for how we're spread out.  I've gone to one group meet-up thus far out in PA (along with @christopher and another gentleman from NJ), which was a drive of about 1 hour 40 minutes for me, so I also don't mind a drive to meet up.  Central NJ would only be about 40~60 minutes away from me, which is fine.

@michelle-oates   Hey, I'm glad you found your way here.  I felt the same way when I first found this site via @ursadelta - even though I'm a bit of a loner and a hermit, I was surprised, relieved, and optimistic all at once after discovering that NJ had some Unbearables.  You already know about IG's SingleBears page, but there's also a Bear Singles group on here, and there are a few single Unbearable gentlemen here in NJ.  Cheers!

4 months ago
Hi, I go bow hunting pretty regularly in Monroe area it's not far from me in staten island. I grew up in Brooklyn but alot of my family lives in Rahway and Edison. Some in Lodi and Garfield. I have a good deal of firearm training but I would recommend PA state game ranges for that. It's a $30 dollar annual fee. It's outdoors and you can do whatever you want. No range officers. I've shot at brick armory and RTSP in Randolph.. RTSP is very good and offer training. I'm down to meet up and help anyone out if I can. 
Joe
4 months ago
@firebear-actual   Great to know, thank you.  I'll be seeking you and/or other experienced firearm owners out after I acquire my first firearm... which at my rate, may be years from now.  =P
4 months ago
FYI. I tried to find everyone. I made a beartaria New Jersey instagram page for anyone interested 
4 months ago
@electricianbear @RicochetBear Central would be easy for me too.  I'm in West Orange.  Groovy
4 months ago

Hey everyone,
my name is Steve-in, I have yet to become a bear. Although, I've been listening since Crowder and a paying member of unauthorized since - nearly - its creation. I'm currently in the process of writing my first letter to Owen and with it, I am sending a portrait which you can see behind me (which is a surprise -don't ruin it). I'm 33 and 5ft 10 - not sure about the Rogan calculations. I spent 4 years teaching high school art - about 4 years in construction - mostly commercial but plenty of residential - 2 years in a private school teaching art to troubled youth which has been my favorite. I had to quit my last job, because I refused to wear a mask and would refuse to work in a place that made youth wear them as well. Looking back on it, I should have stayed and raged against the machine. Since then, I have become a very active member of a local church which also refuses to wear masks and have very similar ideologies. I have deleted all of my social media. I have become a very active investor via the fiat currency stock market - sometimes very lucrative and sometimes very not. I also built my last computer and very good with tech with the absolute exception of Apple products. As a young teen, I taught myself to juggle -- soon after I was walking on stilts and making balloon animals and making a lot of money as I went to college for art (gay - I know).  I am really quick to learn and master things - text and talking too. Obviously, I am or was - very cocky - I have been humbled by God (very recently), and I'm not here to brag; I'm riddled with holes and problems the same as you. I hate victim consciousness as it only breeds  unhealthy attitudes and outcomes. I am here to share a bit about who I am. Honestly, I am intimidated by doing this; and I'm really intimidated by writing my letter to Owen. Posting something permanently so personal seems provocative and exposing which, as a perfectionist is painful, because I know I will never see what I seek - perfection - not in this life - but only His - through tHis. It takes me a long time to become comfortable -now. 

I could use a bear friend. I am willing to meet up and teach anything I know to anyone interested. 

4 months ago
@steve-in Hey Steve.  Where are you located?
4 months ago
South Jersey - Pittsgrove - anything above Deptford we consider north lol
Joe
4 months ago

@michael-4   Thank you, followed.

@steve-in   Welcome, brother.  I haven't heard of either Pittsgrove or Deptford - you're pretty far out in the nether regions of NJ, eh?  How is it out there?  What's the attitude of others out by you, with respect to this whole plannedemic nonsense?  I'm always hoping there's some hidden gem of a pro-sovereignty community somewhere in NJ.

4 months ago
@electricianbear  Yea we're pretty far south. Pittsgrove is, actually, pretty nice and the city council makes sure it stays that way. I think you have to have 2 acres to build new - no local cops. It's mostly farms and forests. The taxes aren't too cheap, but they're cheaper than most - lot of yuppies moving in though - price of an acre doubled within the year - about 10k now. There's a nice State park here too: Parvin's. There's definitely some ghetto areas nearby though - Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, etc... As far as the pandemic, I'm not sure. Everyone wears masks into stores around here. I think my family and myself will be here for a few more years - but who knows - they've been talking about leaving for years and we're still here. When I get enough money saved up, I'm certainly leaving. 
4 months ago

@michael-4  

I am in Jersey City too and I actually found a shooting range in secaucus if you want a close shooting range. 

4 months ago

@michael-4

 

Also Id be interested in all those option:

1 - greenhouses

2 - food storage, jarring, emergency storage, deep freezer 

3 - chicken coops

4 - self defense

5 - shooting range 

6 - extreme camping 


4 months ago
@Grizzybear  thats awesome about the shooting range. I need to go and try out some guns so I can decide on my first purchase.  I don’t necessarily excel at either of those topics but would like to really get our beartaria nj moving forward and I think those subjects are some of the first steps. So maybe we can go shooting and discuss it further. Also we need to work on a meet up. Probably in the new year is best for everyone considering the holidays are just around the corner.  Jersey city is coming in strong with the bears I’m quite surprised. 
4 months ago
@Grizzybear  thats awesome about the shooting range. I need to go and try out some guns so I can decide on my first purchase.  I don’t necessarily excel at either of those topics but would like to really get our beartaria nj moving forward and I think those subjects are some of the first steps. So maybe we can go shooting and discuss it further. Also we need to work on a meet up. Probably in the new year is best for everyone considering the holidays are just around the corner.  Jersey city is coming in strong with the bears I’m quite surprised. 
4 months ago

@michael-4 Yea I am def down to meet up and go shooting anytime - this is the spot I am talking about: https://www.longshotpistolandrifle.com/ its 

Let me know if your ever taking a trip over there bc ive been dying to get back to the range. 

4 months ago

@Grizzybear I am not an expert on greenhouses, but I know a little bit about them. My father and myself have grown an acre of vegetables every year - very good gardener - I suppose - seems like a silly thing to include about oneself. I Have pickled vegetables before as well as red gravy - often - slightly Italian - mostly old school German. I have never shot at a shooting range - like the idea of doing so.  

Joe
4 months ago

@steve-in  "Mostly farms and forests" sounds like my kind of atmosphere - hermit heaven!  Yeah, almost everybody here in Brick is masked up too, which is even more disappointing because the mayor low-key gave unofficial orders to the cops to leave businesses and maskless folks alone with relation to the plannedemic.  I'm with you bro, I'm leaning towards leaving NJ and settling down elsewhere after I finish my apprenticeship(s).  If I do remain here though, I'll look into planting roots in your current neck of the woods, or another similarly-secluded area for sure.

3 months ago

Good morning everyone.  So I’m looking through the calendar for next year and i was thinking of our first meet up. Saturday is probably the best day of the week. These are the dates for January. 9, 16, 23, 30.  I’m currently available on weekends and all of these dates work for me. Location is another hurdle that we need to figure out. I think we agreed central is best but what’s central Jersey really. What do you guys think  

3 months ago

Dates seem legit 

3 months ago

Have a Happy New Years guys and gals

3 months ago

yeah HNY

Joe
3 months ago

Belatedly:  happy Winter solstice, merry Christmas, and happy new year everyone!  I hope y'all have an energetic and purposeful year-to-come!

@michael-4  As of right now those dates work for me as well, and Saturdays in general seem to be best for meeting up - especially when I'm working (though I'm not at the moment).  As far as defining Central NJ:  from glancing at a map, perhaps somewhere in/around/between Princeton, Bridgewater, New Brunswick/Edison, and Old Bridge would be a decent, average mid-way point for all NJ Unbearables.  I think @christopher  met up with a few Unbearables about a month or so ago in Princeton, at one of those hatchet-throwing places, so that could be a possibility.  I would expect one of those places would be open on weekends, especially Saturdays.

3 months ago

Ok great. So I’m gonna post this on beartaria app too but we need a head count. If people could respond with their Bear name. example. 
Im in - RFABear.  Then I’ll make up a list and try to get this to more forward. 

Joe
3 months ago

Sounds good.  I only have a flip phone, so I haven't bothered to sign up for that app - but I've heard great things about it.  ElectricianBear is my “bearified” name.  I haven't been watching or listening to Owen for a few months, and so I shed my “bear” name, but I'm fine with still going by it.

3 months ago

Great

2 months ago

Hello everyone.  This post is in regards to the meet up I would like to arrange for the 23rd of January.  It’s coming up and the options are very minimal. The one thing that I can find is bowling. Lol I know. It can be cool but also not what I was looking for. The only place for no mask is in our lanes. So I figured we put a bunch of lanes together.  Not I’m an trying to see who is interested in this.  It would be in the Monroe township area.  If your down we will make a final decision. Also if you think it might be better to wait for better weather let me know. Also. If you have any recommendations or a backyard you would like to offer. Also good. The original property i was considering just went on the market for sale because of the covid bs so I got screwed there. Let me know what you think ASAP. I will be posting this in a few places so keep your eyes out. Thank you

2 months ago
2 months ago

Is this the place?

529 Route 130 North
East Windsor, New Jersey 08520
609.448.2258
www.eastwindsorbowl.com

2 months ago

word Ill be there 

2 months ago

@zurkovgrunschild  and anyone else. Hey buddy. Just a heads up. There is still a meet up scheduled for the 23rd of January at the

East Windsor Bowl & Recreation Center at address 529 US-130 East Windsor,NJ. The start time is 12 noon. The cost is $5 per person per game. For further information please reach out to me here or at RFABear87@gmail.com

2 months ago

I have to cancel.  Google and the company websites are off. They have different times and i don’t want to have this messed up.  I’m really disappointed but no one is there to answer the phone. I promise to do better for the next meet up. I’m really sorry for the confusion.  

Joe
2 months ago

@michael-4  Thanks for the updates sir, I apologize for not getting on here sooner.  I was hoping to ninja in and show up a little late to the meet-up today, but I'm glad I saw your posts before heading up there.  As you said bro, shit happens, so don't sweat it.

2 months ago

Lol i am glad I saw this too bc I had some work stuff come up and i couldn’t make it but I’m def at the next one - Michael: you live in jersey city tho right ? 

2 months ago

@Grizzybear yeah I live in Jersey city. You guys and anyone else should email me. So I can have a more direct line of communication. This page can be slow and doesn’t have notifications. Rfabear87@gmail.com