We were afraid this might happen.
Chronic wasting disease has crossed the Susquehanna River for the first time.
The state Department of Agriculture announced this week that a white-tailed deer at a Lancaster County breeding operation near Denver tested positive for CWD, and that farm is now quarantined.
The lethal CWD was also found in a deer on a hunting preserve in Bedford County.
The discovery in Lancaster means that disease management will be expanded by the Pennsylvania Game Commission into Lancaster County. A new Disease Management Area, with hunter restrictions, will be established east of the river.
It should be noted that discovery of CWD in a captive animal does not guarantee the disease has gotten out into the wild herd. The first DMA was put into place in 2012 when CWD was found at a farm deer in Adams County. Since the disease had not been confirmed in that DMA for five years, the DMA was dissolved last year.
Two DMAs are in place, one in south-central Pennsylvania and the other in the north-central part of the state. The latest discovery of CWD in Bedford County is already within one of the DMAs.
Trout to go out
Behold, dear readers, the Fish & Boat Commission’s trout stocking schedule for Cumberland County waters!
Specifics and schedules for all counties can be found at the PFBC website at www.fishandboat.com. Volunteers are always welcome to help release fish.
Listed are waterways to receive fish, and dates, times and meeting places.
Big Spring Creek: March 26, April 12, and May 10, at 9:30 a.m., meet at the Newville Post Office.
Childrens Lake: March 20 at 9:30 a.m., meet at Boiling Springs Post Office; April 5 and 27, at 9 a.m., meet at Huntsdale Hatchery.
Doubling Gap Lake: March 15 and April 5, 9 a.m., meet at Huntsdale Hatchery.
Fuller Lake: March 12 and April 5, 9 a.m., meet at Huntsdale.
Green Spring Creek: April 21, 9 a.m., meet at Huntsdale; May 10, 9:30 a.m., meet at Huntsdale.
Laurel Lake: March 12, April 5, May 4, 9 a.m., meet at Huntsdale.
Middle Spring Creek: March 15, 9 a.m., meet at Huntsdale; April 12, 9:30 a.m., meet at Huntsdale.
Mountain Creek: March 19 and April 2, 9 a.m., meet at Huntsdale; May 4, 9 a.m., meet at Huntsdale.
Opossum Lake: March 16 and April 16, 9 a.m., meet at Huntsdale.
Yellow Breeches Creek: Feb. 21, March 30, April 20 and 27, 9 a.m., meet at Huntsdale; March 23, April 11 and 28, 9:30 a.m., meet at Huntsdale.
Hunter-trapper education offered
The arrival of trout trucks and opening of fishing season also marks a new round of hunter-trapper education courses for prospective hunters and trappers.
Successful completion of the HTEC is a requirement for getting the first license.
Future hunters and trappers can take the course online if they are 16 years and older. Otherwise, registrants must be at least 11 years old the day of the course. Lunch is often free.
Here are locations, dates and times for HTEC in this region. For more information and to sign-up for a course, go to the Pennsylvania Game Commission website, pgc.state.pa.us.
Duncannon Sportsmen’s Association: Saturday, March 3, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 256 Montebello Farm Road.
West Shore Sportsmen Association: Saturday, March 3, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 564 Ridge Road, Lewisberry.
Carlisle Fish and Game: Saturday, March 10, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 1421 West Trindle Road.
Mechanicsburg Sportsmen’s Association: Saturday, March 17, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 493 Sample Bridge Road.
Harrisburg, Game Commission headquarters: Friday, April 6, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, April 7, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 2001 Elmerton Avenue. Students should take their own lunch. A portion of the course will be outside.
Mt. Holly Fish and Game Association: Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 205 Oldtown Road, Gardners.
Student archers target state meet
Student archers in Pennsylvania are reminded to shoot a qualifying score at a sanctioned state qualifier shoot to get into the 2018 National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament at State College, March 9.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is encouraging all schools participating in NASP to attend a state qualifier competition. There is one scheduled in Lititz next weekend.
The top-scoring teams and individuals earn invitations to the state championships.
Students from more than 45 schools are expected to participate in the state tournament.
Scholarships and prizes will be handed out to the top-performing archers in the state to help pay for continued education.
Students can find state qualifiers listed on the following NASP Tournament website, http://nasptournaments.org. To use the Game Commission’s website to register, place your cursor over the “Education” tab, then click “National Archery in the Schools Program.”