The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 7, 2012

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Seminar explores Chronic Wasting Disease

If you head south to hunt deer, or if you just want to pick up information on the dreaded Chronic Wasting Disease, you may want to attend a seminar 7 tonight at the York Fairgounds.

Representatives from the PA Department of Agriculture will be on hand to answer questions and to explain the plan in place to identify all of the deer that may have come into contact with the captive deer that was diagnosed with the disease back in early October. The Game Commission established a 600-square mile chronic wasting disease management area that includes Adams and York counties.

By the way, a check station for deer harvested in these two counties has been set up in the Game Lands 249 maintenance building that is on Lake Meade Road near East Berlin. Check-ins are voluntary during archery season and will be mandatory during the rifle deer season.

Sportsmen’s caravan scores

While we missed our mark big-time on the big race, our sportsmen’s caravan that traveled the state to promote the NRA-endorsed slate of candidates for this Tuesday’s election scored an impressive 31-for-34 record.

The big race was for President and Vice President, and it was just impossible to overcome the record-setting turnout in the urban areas, so we came up short.

We did help with a gain of at least one and the defense of a few more State House seats, and we won all of the targeted Congressional seats. We stayed clear of the U.S. Senate race.

Unfortunately, we didn’t win the State Senate seat where I live, and this seat probably went to a new senator who likely won’t be sympathetic to sportsmen’s and sportswomen’s issues.

However, a highlight for me was we did get a huge win for my new Congressman, who is the author of Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine and several other pieces of key outdoor legislation.

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