Annually, thousands of Pennsylvanians travel to hunt big game and Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director Carl Roe said that in an effort to prevent the introduction of Chronic Wasting Disease into the Commonwealth, hunters are prohibited from importing specific carcass parts from 21 states and two Canadian provinces from members of the deer family, including mule deer, elk and moose.
This ban is outlined in a revised executive order, and that the states affected are Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland (only from CWD Management Area), Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York (only from Madison and Oneida counties), North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia (only from CWD Containment Area), West Virginia (only from CWD Containment Area, which now includes parts of three counties), Wisconsin and Wyoming. Canadian provinces affected are Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Hunters are prohibited from bringing back certain parts from any cervid from the listed states or provinces, whether the animal was taken from the wild or from a captive, high-fence operation. Specific carcass parts that cannot be brought back to Pennsylvania are those where the CWD prions (the causative agent) concentrate in cervids and are the head (including brain, tonsils, eyes and any lymph nodes); spinal cord/backbone; spleen; skull plate with attached antlers, if visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; cape, if visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; upper canine teeth, if root structure or other soft tissue is present; any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord tissue; unfinished taxidermy mounts; and brain-tanned hides.
"Pennsylvania hunters who hunt in neighboring states should be most aware of how Pennsylvania's parts ban would impact those hunting in Maryland and West Virginia due to the detection of CWD in these adjacent states," Roe said. "For those Pennsylvania hunters heading to Maryland, they should become familiar with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' CWD Management Area, which includes a portion of Allegany County noted as Private Land Code 233 in Maryland's annual "Guide to Hunting and Trapping," and includes Maryland's Green Ridge State Forest east of Flintstone and Oldtown, is directly south of Pennsylvania's Bedford and Fulton counties.
"In West Virginia, the CWD Containment Area also has been expanded as the disease has moved outside of Hampshire County. The new CWD Containment Area now includes all of Hampshire County and portions of Hardy and Morgan counties."
Not limited is the importation of: meat, without the backbone; cleaned skull plate with attached antlers, if no visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; tanned hide or raw hide with no visible brain or spinal cord tissue present; cape, if no visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; upper canine teeth, if no root structure or other soft tissue is present; and finished taxidermy mounts.
A free muzzleloader match for juniors 16 and younger sponsored by the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association will be held during the Labor Day Rendezvous, today and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days, at Blue Ridge Rifles Muzzleloader Club, Summit Station and will include adult matches for rifles, smoothbores and pistols. Both flintlock and traditional percussion rifles may be used for all matches, and rifles and spotters are available if needed for junior shooters.
This year's Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association banquet will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Community Fire Company, Landingville. Door open at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 6 and thousands of dollars in merchandise and outdoors trips will be chanced off and auctioned. For tickets, call Dennis Scharadin at 570-739-2085.
Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, at 7 a.m. on 1410 WLSH and 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5, will feature Pennsylvania Bowhunters Festival public relations director Sherwood Schock.
This year, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is holding its 26th Annual Middle Creek Wildfowl Show Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Kleinfeltersville. Wildfowl carvings, artwork, collectibles and hunting items from many vendors are featured at the free show.
Retriever demonstrations will be Saturday at 10 a.m. and noon and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; decoy competitions will be Saturday at 1 p.m.; Pennsylvania State Duck and Goose Calling Championships will be Sunday at 1 p.m.
Bear's Head 3-D course is open daily through Friday, Oct. 12, from dawn to dusk daily, on club grounds located off I-81 exit 134, 148 Lofty Road, Delano. For information, call the association at 570-467-0331.
Hazleton Archery Club, 170 Woodside Drive, Freeland, has 3-D shoots Sundays, beginning at 7 a.m., and Thursdays, beginning at 4 p.m., For information, call the club at 570- 450-0988.
Schuylkill Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will meet, Thursday, Sept. 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at 633 Hancock St., McAdoo. For information, call Kevin Titus at 570-668-5903.