Update on Chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Pa.

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  1. Oppie

    Oppie Active Member

    Jan. 25, 2019
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Game Commission, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services (USDA-WS), is conducting a project in Blair and Bedford counties to reduce the impact of chronic wasting disease (CWD). CWD is a threat to Pennsylvania’s deer and elk populations. Deer and elk infected with CWD have lower survival rates, and this can lead to fewer deer and elk and fewer hunting opportunities. Unfortunately, CWD continues to increase in Bedford and Blair counties.
    The Pennsylvania Game Commission is implementing this reduction to minimize the impact of CWD on the deer population in this specific area. The decision to reduce deer numbers is based on experiences in other states where reducing deer numbers has reduced the effect of CWD.
    During the past deer hunting seasons, the Game Commission provided hunters the first opportunity to harvest more deer by increasing antlerless licenses and Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) permits in northern Bedford and southern Blair counties. Currently, Game Commission staff are conducting post-hunting season deer population surveys to estimate the number of deer in the area. This estimate will be then compared to the population objective of 2,000 to 2,500 deer. Targeted removal, conducted by USDA-WS professionals, will then be used to reduce the deer numbers to this objective.
    Removals will only occur on lands with landowner permission, and will be completed this winter and early spring.

    In addition to conducting population surveys, Game Commission staff are capturing and marking deer as part of this project. Captured deer will be marked with ear tags and radio collars, and then released. The radio collars will provide movement and survival data. Captured and collared deer will not be killed as part of the targeted removal.
    Deer harvested through targeted removals will not go to waste. All deer will be tested for CWD and infected deer will be disposed of properly. The remaining venison from targeted removal operations will be donated to cooperating landowners and to local food banks.
    The Game Commission does not take the decision to reduce deer populations lightly. Without effective action, CWD will continue to increase. As CWD increases, deer survival declines. Eventually, deer populations and hunting opportunities decline. Based on other states experiences, reducing deer numbers is the best management option. Without action, CWD will continue to spread in Pennsylvania and will have long-term negative impacts on deer and deer hunting. As the state agency responsible for managing Pennsylvania’s deer and elk herd, it would be irresponsible not to take the threat of CWD seriously.
    CWD is a fatal disease that affects deer and elk. CWD can be transmitted directly through animal-to-animal contact or indirectly through contaminated environments. Prions or misfold proteins can be shed onto the environment through bodily fluids and once there can remain infectious for several years. Currently, there is no vaccine or cure for CWD.
    For more information on CWD, please refer to the Game Commission website at www.pgc.pa.gov.
     
  2. Masboy

    Masboy Active Member

    if true something has to be done ,but I don,t have any faith or believe in anything the pa game commission says or suggest .they know nothing about anything in my opinion :confused: .
     
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  3. Oppie

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    It's very true, and yes, they don't have a clue on how to stop it. Midwest & western states have more experience than we do in PA. They'd like to stop people from using mineral sites an feeder's to stop the close groups of feeding deer but that's tough to do.
    My days of eating venison are getting short, but the venison/bacon chili we had yesterday was pretty darn good!
     
  4. Masboy

    Masboy Active Member

    I just wonder if it has anything to do with all these game farms an pen raised deer?
     
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  5. xcaliber

    xcaliber Active Member

    DNR here in Indiana are cracking down on people feeding deer, they claim that has a lot to do with spreading the disease. Also deer eating crops like corn now that are out of season now, it's not natural for their digestive system. I'm sure we have lot's to learn but I think they're on to something. Hope it gets better for the deer, and us that enjoy them!
     
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  6. Masboy

    Masboy Active Member

    I reckon all the pen raised trophy deer sold to pay to shoot a bigun outfits ,should be tested before there shipped all over.it,s hell to be poor an have to shoot all the scrub bucks because I can,t afford a real biguno_O:p guess I,m just jealous of the rich bosturds an blame them for everything:rolleyes::p our game commissions turning into one of them pay to shoot a pheasant,catch a stocked trout :confused: just give them that license money so they can ride around in uniforms feeling important :confused: never hear of them helping hunters on important matters,no use for the ride around Sally’s here:mad:
     
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  7. xcaliber

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    Frank, I like to shoot & eat deer. I do try to take one of the bigger boys on the property I hunt, but that is only available on our lease, or permission to hunt properties which still are rare. I'll take any legal buck when I'm hunting public land, and anything past the ears anywhere else. I do prefer to shoot doe for meat any day though!
     
  8. Oppie

    Oppie Active Member

    The fellow that ground up one of our deer was saying the same things. We've had a lot of standing corn this winter because so much of it either got flooded an was worthless or the ground was just to wet for the farmers to get on it.
     
  9. Masboy

    Masboy Active Member

    That,s a good way ,I just do whatever I feel like at the time,depending on if I want meat ,feel like dragging deer ,I like being a trophy hunter now as I don,t want to shoot anything small ,I,m too lazy now to drag,process a deer so I now call myself a trophy hunter :p
     
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  10. Oppie

    Oppie Active Member

    Same here :p.
     
  11. jacol84

    jacol84 Active Member

    Frank's buck.jpg

    I don't know, Frank. This would seem a lot closer to a trophy than a scrub buck, at least to me.;)
     
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  12. Masboy

    Masboy Active Member

    He just happened to be the wrong place the wrong time :confused:believe me there was no special hunting skills on my part.
     
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  13. robertyb

    robertyb Member

    I can agree with that as this ole boy just wandered by at the wrong place for certain. :p
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  14. jacol84

    jacol84 Active Member

    Same with most of my biggest ones.
     
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  15. Oppie

    Oppie Active Member

    Nice bucks!
    Only thing I know for sure is you can't get one setting in the house. But the older I get the better the warm house sounds :D.
     
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  16. Masboy

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    It,s something how we use to show the youngsters what we could do :D now we mostly just tell them how good we were an what we did :rolleyes:
     
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  17. Oppie

    Oppie Active Member

    I can still out fish em though :rolleyes:.
     
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  18. xcaliber

    xcaliber Active Member

    Out work them little shi__s most times too!:cool:
     
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