The Pennsylvania Game Commission has scheduled a press conference to announce the new Disease Management Area that will be established in response to chronic wasting disease being detected at a Lancaster County deer farm.
The press conference is scheduled to be held Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. at the Game Commission’s headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg.
The Game Commission plans to livestream the press conference on its YouTube channel, where it also will remain posted to view at later times.
Following the press conference, Executive Director Bryan Burhans also will be participating in a Facebook Live video to discuss chronic wasting disease (CWD).
CWD, which is always fatal to deer, elk and other cervids, first was detected in Pennsylvania in 2012 at a captive deer farm in Adams County. It has been detected among free-ranging deer in two areas of the state.
In areas where CWD is detected in captive-raised or free-ranging deer, the Game Commission establishes Disease Management Areas (DMAs), within which special rules apply regarding the hunting, feeding and transport of deer.
Hunters within DMAs are prohibited from using urine-based deer attractants, or possessing them while afield. Deer harvested within a DMA may not be transported whole outside the DMA. Their high-risk parts – including the head and backbone – must be removed and disposed of before meat, antlers and other low-risk parts are transported from the DMA. The feeding of deer is prohibited within DMAs, as is the transport of live cervids.
The Lancaster County CWD-positive deer will result in DMA 4, the boundary of which is being finalized.
Courtesy PA Game Commission
To find out when your favorite fishing spot will be stocked with trout from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, stocking schedules are now available in print, online and on the commission’s FishBoatPA mobile app.
The commission plans to stock 3.2 million adult trout in more than 720 streams and 126 lakes open to public angling each year. These figures include approximately 2 million rainbow trout; 640,000 brown trout; and 500,000 brook trout. The average size of the trout produced for stocking is 11 inches in length.
The statewide opening day for trout season is Saturday, April 14, but a regional opening day in 18 southcentral and southeastern counties is set for Saturday, March 31. Click here for a list of those counties.
Additionally, the commission will host Mentored Youth Trout Days on Saturday, March 24, for those same 18 counties and Saturday, April 7, statewide. Last year, more than 30,000 kids signed up to participate. Youth under the age of 16 can join a mentor (adult) angler who has a current fishing license and trout permit to fish for trout the Saturday before the regular opening days. Youth anglers must obtain a mentored youth permit or voluntary youth fishing license as well. Click here for more information about the program.
For more information about fishing licenses or regulations, or to check the online stocking schedule, click here.
Courtesy PA Fish And Boat Commission / http://www.fishandboat.com