"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.
There's an app for that
The "PA State Game Lands" app can now be downloaded to most mobile devices through links on the Game Commission's web site.
By syncing with a smartphone's or a computer tablet's built-in navigation features, this app provides turn-by-turn directions to the game land destinations you select. Once you've selected the game lands that you're interested in, you can learn many details such as the Wildlife Management Unit, county, acreage, hunting zones, hunting hours, 2012-13 seasons and bag limits and even more.
The app includes built-in mapping capabilities allowing you to browse the selected game land boundaries, potential parking areas and shooting ranges that are displayed over your choice of USGS 7.5 minute topographic maps, satellite imagery or road maps. Heck, you'll even find out if cellular phone service is available on the game lands.
With this app you can also log-onto "Report Your Harvest" feature and input your harvest data.
The app was developed by Gogal Publishing, of Warrington in Bucks County, and sells for $9.99 plus tax. By the way, did you know that are State Game Lands in every Pennsylvania county except Philadelphia County and Delaware County?
Get ready for trout
More details will follow on this announcement, but I wanted to give you plenty of notice that the R.B. Winter Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be offering fly tying classes in Lewisburg early next year. The classes are scheduled to run from Jan. 14 through March 18. The classes will be held in the lower level of Christ's Lutheran Church in Lewisburg on Monday evenings from 7-9.