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Quail with Rice

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It’s Wild Game Wednesday!

Bobwhite Quail season opened on Monday, and runs through Dec. 24, then reopens Dec. 26-Feb. 28 (8 daily, 24 possession). Prehistoric evidence of bobwhite quail in Pennsylvania dates back as early as the 1400’s with the discovery of their bones found in early human settlements. Through the advent of recorded history, early peoples utilized quail as a food source.

The northern bobwhite quail has been a long-standing resident of Pennsylvania until just recently. The Game Commission has been working hard to restore quail habitat and bring bobwhites back to their northern range. Click here to learn about the Northern Bobwhite Quail Management Plan for Pennsylvania: 2011-2020.

On Wild Game Wednesday, we take a moment to recognize one of the most important reasons people take to the woods and fields to hunt: to fill their freezers with types of fresh, organic meat. These regular posts include delicious, easy and seasonal wild game recipes from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Game Cookbook that you and your family can prepare. Enjoy!

Quail with Rice

CLICK HERE if you are interested in more wild game recipes submitted by people from around Pennsylvania. You can purchase the second edition of the cookbook for less than $10!

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Breaded Venison

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It’s Wild Game Wednesday!

Since we wait all year for deer season, we decided to feature another venison recipe this week for our deer hunters to use in the coming days, weeks or months. This is an easy, versatile recipe that could be used in a number of ways – venison parmesan, over a salad or paired with vegetables, for example.
On Wild Game Wednesday, we take a moment to recognize one of the most important reasons people take to the woods and fields to hunt: to fill their freezers with types of fresh, organic meat. These regular posts include delicious, easy and seasonal wild game recipes from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Game Cookbook that you and your family can prepare.

Enjoy!

Breaded Venison
If you are interested in more wild game recipes submitted by people from around Pennsylvania, visit www.theoutdoorshop.state.pa.us//FBG/game/GameProductSelect.asp?catid=BKS to purchase the second edition of the cookbook for less than $10!


No. 7 – What do I do with High-Risk Parts?

Through the end of deer season, we will be posting a frequently asked question (FAQ) and answer related to Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania in an album on our Facebook page.

We know many of you – hunters, non-hunters, processors, taxidermists and more – have questions about CWD and the effects this disease can cause. We are here as a resource and want to help everyone understand the complexities and details related to CWD in our state.

If you have a specific question related to CWD, email pgccomments@pa.gov.

Here’s the question for week seven:

CWD Fact 7

Answer:

Within the state, it is unlawful to export high-risk cervid parts from disease management areas or to import high-risk parts from CWD positive states.

Prohibited parts include the head (including brain, tonsils, eyes and lymph nodes), spinal cord/backbone, spleen, skull plate with attached antlers if visible brain or spinal cord material is present, cape if visible brain or spinal cord material is present, upper canine teeth if root structure or other soft material is present, any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord material, and brain-tanned hides.

Once these high-risk parts are removed, meat on or off the bone, cleaned capes, cleaned skull caps with antlers, and finished taxidermy mounts may be transported throughout Pennsylvania. The high-risk parts must remain within those states, provinces and DMAs where the animal was harvested.

Click here for more information about CWD.

As a reminder, if you have a specific question related to CWD email it to pgccomments@pa.gov.


No. 6 – Is There a State Importation Ban on High-Risk Parts?

Through the end of deer season, we will be posting a frequently asked question (FAQ) and answer related to chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania in an album on our Facebook page.

We know many of you – hunters, non-hunters, processors, taxidermists and more – have questions about CWD and the effects this disease can cause. We are here as a resource and want to help everyone understand the complexities and details related to CWD in our state.

If you have a specific question related to CWD, email pgccomments@pa.gov.

Here’s the question for week six:

CWD Fact 6

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was first detected in 1967 in a captive deer facility in Colorado, since then, CWD has spread to 25 states and three Canadian provinces, including Pennsylvania.

To reduce the risk of spreading CWD, it is unlawful to import high-risk cervid parts from CWD positive states. High-risk parts include the brain, eyes, tonsils, lymph nodes, spinal cord, and spleen.

Once high-risk parts are removed, the processed meat may be transported into Pennsylvania.

Click here to see the USGS “Distribution of Chronic Wasting Disease in North America” map.

Click here for more information about CWD.

As a reminder, if you have a specific question related to CWD email it to pgccomments@pa.gov.


Video: How to Find CWD Information Online

Having a hard time finding specific information about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania? The Game Commission’s CWD Communications Specialist Courtney Colley provides a step-by-step visual guide on how to find some of the most sought information online. Click the video above, or here, to view the video guide.

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Courtney starts this video by walking viewers through resources available on the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website, including how to find a copy of the most recent executive order about CWD in Pennsylvania, which describes Disease Management Areas (DMAs) and lists other CWD positive states. There’s a link to Title 58, which provides regulations currently in place in Pennsylvania related to CWD. There’s also a public event schedule on the Game Commission’s website of related events. A link to a 30-minute webinar on CWD is there, too. Another great resource is our interactive map – helpful for hunters who will be hunting in a DMA. We also have a comprehensive FAQ list on our CWD page.

www.padls.org

The next helpful site Courtney outlines on the program is the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System, which is a subsection of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, which conducts CWD testing in Pennsylvania. Courtney mentions a CWD FAQ list on this site, which can also be helpful for hunters, including information on getting a deer tested for CWD.

www.cwd-info.org

The final site Courtney highlights is the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance’s page, which is a great resource for hunters who intend to hunt out-of-state. This alliance is a collaborative project between the Boone and Crockett Club, the Mule Deer Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and more, with the intentions of providing scientifically accurate information to the public related to CWD. The alliance’s recent news section is a great way to keep up-to-date with the new CWD cases in North America, as well as regulations in other states. There’s a helpful U.S. map at the bottom of the homepage for hunters who hunt out-of-state. You can easily find other CWD-positive states and regulations.

Still not finding what you’re looking for?

Courtney has a few other site resource suggestions:


Hunting in PA? We’ve Got an App for That.

Hunters using app

Photo credit: Hal Korber

Whether you’re looking for a place to hunt, need a license or want an easy way to report your deer or turkey harvest, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s new mobile-device app is a one-stop shop that’s loaded with information hunters and trappers need most.

Through the app, which is free to download at the iTunes and Google Play stores, hunters can find out what’s in season and where, when hunting hours start and end, and whether they’ll need to wear fluorescent orange while in the field, and how much.

The app provides instant access to the Hunting & Trapping Digest – the Game Commission’s complete regulations handbook – as well as the agency’s Mapping Center, which charts hunting opportunities including pheasant releases on state game lands and other hunting properties.

Those in need of licenses can buy them online through the app, or find an issuing agent nearby where they can pick up a license in person. And those who are successful in big-game pursuits can report their harvests through the app, learn the locations of bear and elk check stations, or find a processor where they can donate venison through the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program.

Wildlife-law violations can be reported through the app, and hunters can document their exact location to share in the case of an emergency.

“With this handy and easy-to-use offering, Pennsylvania’s hunters and trappers have all the information they need, right at their fingertips,” said Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans. “Whether seeking immediate answers while in the field, or planning the next day’s hunt from home or camp, all you need is a cellphone signal or network connection to learn whatever you need to know.”

More information about the app, and links to the iTunes and Google Play stores, can be found at www.pgc.pa.gov by selecting Game Commission Mobile App under the Information & Resources tab.