"Take the shot that you've got."
Just a reminder to those who have been lucky enough to bag a deer that you can file your mandatory harvest reports through the Pa. Game Commission's online system, through the toll-free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone harvest reporting system, which is 1-855-PAHUNT1 (1-855-724-8681), or by using the postage-paid postcard that came with each license.
To report a deer harvest online, go to the Game Commission's web site at: www.pgc.state.pa.us. Then click on "Report Your Harvest" and then the "You can link to PALS by clicking here" button. From there the process is self-explanatory. Here's a tip I learned: Your "Customer Identification Number" that is required is actually your hunting license number.
You may report one or more harvests in a single session, and you should make sure to jot down your confirmation number at the end of the process as proof you made a timely report. The reporting procedures aren't much fun but they are the law and you will be doing your part in the overall deer management system by reporting your harvest.
Noose tightening on CWD
Known as "Pink 23," she and "Purple 4" might be the most famous deer in Pennsylvania right now.
These are two deer that escaped from domestic deer farms that had recorded cases of Chronic Wasting Disease in our state. Pink 23 was killed within the disease management area Monday morning. In fact, the deer had traveled less than a half-mile from the farm where it escaped. The remains of Pink 23 are being tested at the Pennsylvania State Veterinary Laboratory in Harrisburg. Purple 4 has not yet been located.
The results of this testing will be available in two weeks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that humans not eat the meat from infected deer. However, no link has made of the disease transferring from an infected deer to a human.