CWD RULES AFFECT OUT-OF-STATE HUNTERS
HARRISBURG, PA - Pennsylvanians who harvest deer, elk, mule deer or moose out-of-state likely can’t bring them home without first removing the carcass parts with the highest risk of transmitting chronic wasting disease (CWD).
Pennsylvania long has prohibited the importation of high-risk cervid parts from areas where CWD has been detected. This prohibition reduces the possibility of CWD, which always is fatal to the cervids it infects, spreading to new areas within Pennsylvania.
Earlier this year, the Game Commission strengthened its ban on importing high-risk cervid parts by prohibiting any deer harvested in New York, Ohio, Maryland or West Virginia from being brought back to Pennsylvania whole.
In previous hunting seasons, the prohibition applied only to deer harvested within counties in those states where CWD has been detected.
With the change, Pennsylvanians who harvest deer anywhere in New York, Ohio, Maryland or West Virginia either must have them processed in those states or remove the high-risk parts before bringing the meat and other low-risk parts back into Pennsylvania.
There now are 24 states and two Canadian provinces from which high-risk cervid parts cannot be imported into Pennsylvania.
The parts ban affects hunters who harvest deer, elk, moose, mule deer and other cervids in: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming; as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
High-risk parts include: the head (including brain, tonsils, eyes and any lymph nodes); spinal cord/backbone; spleen; skull plate with attached antlers, if visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; cape, if visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; upper canine teeth, if root structure or other soft tissue is present; any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord tissue; unfinished taxidermy mounts; and brain-tanned hides.
Hunters who are successful in those states and provinces from which the importation of high-risk parts into Pennsylvania is banned are allowed to import meat from any deer, elk, moose, mule deer or caribou, so long as the backbone is not present.
Successful hunters also are allowed to bring back cleaned skull plates with attached antlers, if no visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; tanned hide or raw hide with no visible brain or spinal cord tissue present; capes, if no visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; upper canine teeth, if no root structure or other soft tissue is present; and finished taxidermy mounts.
Hunters who harvest cervids in a state or province where CWD is known to exist also should follow instructions from that state’s wildlife agency on how and where to submit the appropriate samples to have their animal tested. If, after returning to Pennsylvania, a hunter is notified that his or her harvest tested positive for CWD, the hunter is encouraged to immediately contact the Game Commission region office that serves the county in which they reside for disposal recommendations and assistance.
A list of region offices and contact information can be found at by scrolling to the bottom of any page to select the “Connect with Us” tab.
Pennsylvania first detected chronic wasting disease in 2012 at a captive deer facility in Adams County. The disease has since been detected in free-ranging and captive deer in a few, isolated areas of Pennsylvania.
Presently, there are three active Disease Management Areas (DMAs) within Pennsylvania where special regulations apply to help prevent CWD from spreading to new areas. Deer harvested within DMAs also cannot be transported whole to points outside the DMA.
Put it on your calendar - The fall Fish Fry has been re-scheduled and will be held Saturday - October 20 and will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and as always, is open to the public. Even though the last two events had low attendance, we are going to try to keep the tradition alive. With a new addition - Chicken Wings - we will have our own version of "Surf and Turf" and change the name to "Fish and Wing Nite".
Menu will include our hand-breaded fried fish, chicken wings and various sides, desserts and drinks. As usual, if you would like a cold brew with your meal, you will get tickets at the door for two glasses from the tap or, if you plan on using a lot of hot sauce, you can buy a $5.00 wrist band to get everything you need from the tap to quench your thirst. Water and available brands of pop are included with your admission.
Since this is the first time with new menu items, price for this year will be $15.00/person. We will see how that goes and adjust the next one accordingly.
Wing flavors will include Hot Ranch, BBQ, Honey BBQ and Honey Lemon Pepper. And just in case you want to kick it up a notch, we will also have a bottle of Hot Sauce available. We also plan to have raffles and prizes.
To help spread the word, flyers will be available in the club house and at the kitchen during the Thursday night auctions starting on September 20.
In our ongoing efforts to expand the benefits of your club membership, we have secured a group discount for PSC members that wish to join The USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association). We currently have 5 PSC members who have joined the USCCA, so all of those members, and any future PSC members that join, will receive a 15% discount on their membership.
To receive your discount, you can contact Eric Swecker (email@example.com) or Ed Cutone (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you can not reach either one of them, it is important that you use "HeatherH" as your contact and tell her that you are a member of Paris Sportsmen's Club. She is our member group advisor and she will insure that all PSC members are accounted for and that they receive our group rate. Her contact information is at the bottom of this post.
Your USCCA Membership will give you the education, training, and self-defense legal protection you need as a responsible gun owner.
Since its inception in 2003, and together with its flagship publication Concealed Carry Magazine, the USCCA has supported a community of hundreds of thousands from all around the country. Their mission is to arm members with the tools they need to safely and confidently protect themselves and their loved ones with the utmost peace of mind.
At the very least, check out the links below to view a 100% FREE Active Shooter Guide and 100% FREE Run, Hide, Fight Guide written by the USCCA.
Below is information provided by The USCCA
Up to $2,250,000 in up-front protection to cover your bail, secure a pro-2nd Amendment attorney, and get your legal bases covered if you're ever forced to defend yourself
Some of our newest membership benefits include up-front, no out-of-pocket coverage for ALL weapons of opportunity, increased limits, expert witness coordination, personal hardship coverage, and the introduction of the USCCA Legal Advisory Board.
You will also have immediate access to a highly trained Critical Response Team available to you 24/7/365. Your personal case manager will be with you every step of the way to assist you in harnessing the full power of your USCCA membership and ongoing 24/7 support to help you and your family fully recover from your self-defense incident. They are your first call after 9-1-1.
You will not need to locate a pro-2nd amendment attorney, your case manager will do that for you.
Your USCCA memberships also include 8 big issues of Concealed Carry Magazine - the #1 publication for responsibly armed Americans - delivered directly to your doorstep, every year.
But that’s not all. Not even close. We currently offer 3 levels of protection:
1 Year Membership: $247.00 or monthly payments of $22.00/month
Group Discount 15% : 1 Year Membership: $209.95 or monthly payments of $18.70/month
Add spouse for $47/annual (no monthly option)
1 Year Membership: $347 or monthly payments of $30/month
Group Discount 15% : 1 Year Membership: $294.95 or monthly payments of $25.50/month
Add spouse for $47/annual (no monthly option)
Elite Plus: $2,250,000.00
1 Year Membership: $497 or monthly payments of $47/month
Group Discount 15% : 1 Year Membership: $422.45 or monthly payments of $39.95/month
Add spouse for $47/annual (no monthly option)
Have a great day, and stay safe!
Member Service Advisor
100% FREE Active Shooter Guide
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You can view a few pics from the 2018 Gun Bash on the Facebook page using this link:
2018 Gun Bash photos
Thanks to all those that came out to make it a great evening!
Recently Kim Stolfer, President of Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC) spoke to our members and distributed literature about upcoming legislation in Harrisburg that firearm owners should be aware of.
Below is the contact information for the FOAC and links that you can use for quick reference on a daily basis. Closer to elections, the website will also give their opinion on persons seeking election/re-election in the State of Pennsylvania. We also have links to their free trial membership and paid memberships.
(412) 221-3346, Phone
(412) 257-1099, Fax
(412) 352-5018, Cell
Laws that you are governed by in Pennsylvania:
Latest news of interest to gun owners collected by the FOAC:
Pennsylvania Booklet: Pennsylvania Laws Relating to Firearms:
Free Trial membership
Different Membership levels
Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC) is a non-partisan, non-connected all-volunteer Political Action Committee organized to empower ‘all’ gun owners, outdoors enthusiasts and supporters of the 2nd Amendment to the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution and Article 1 Section 21 and 25 of the PA Constitution with the tools and information necessary to protect freedom from transgression. FOAC was formed shortly after the City of Pittsburgh's illegal gun and ammunition ban of 1993. This was an active year for gun legislation in Pennsylvania (Act 84 of 1994-HB 185 the preemption law, Casey's gun ban) and the United States (Brady Bill, Assault Weapons Ban...). A number of those who fought the Pittsburgh gun ban realized that a more politically active role was necessary if we were to keep and protect our rights. FOAC became a formal statewide Political Action Committee in early 1994.
We vigorously oppose legislators who want to restrict the legitimate use of firearms, including personal and property protection as guaranteed by the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We accomplish these goals by monitoring and reviewing legislative initiatives and voting records of elected officials. This information is shared with interested parties, such as County Sportsmen’s Leagues, the PA Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, the Unified Sportsmen of PA, the Eastern Firearms Coalition, the Concerned Gun Owners of PA, PA Gun Owners Association, PA State Camp Lessees Association and other interested organizations at both the state and county level.
Mike Nogay, 24-year club member and nationally recognized authority on vintage fishing tackle spoke at our August meeting about collecting and valuing antique fishing tackle—-reels, rods and lures.
If you need more info on the subject, here are some links that might interest you. The links include the PA Hunting License County numbering system, where Pennsylvania’s counties are recognized by a numbering system from 1 to 67 in alphabetical order.
Old Reel Collectors Association, Inc. (ORCA):
ORCA Online Forum - Feel free to talk or ask about ALL kinds of old tackle here
National Fishing Lures Collectors Club (NFLCC):
Florida Antique Tackle Collectors (FATC):
Joe’s Old Lures collector’s forum:
Ron Gast’s antique tackle website:
The Old Tackle Box – PA county license numbers
Thanks to everyone who participated (including Mother Nature for her cooperation) in the work party on 7/28/2018. We got some much needed work done along some of the club boundaries. A special thanks to Todd Melvin and Roy Daniels... both probbies...for bringing out the "big boy toys".
Pennsylvania Hunter-Trapper Education - October 27, 2018
We will again offer the Pennsylvania HTE course at our club
Saturday, October 27, 2018 9:00am - 3:30pm
Use the link below and click the green “Register Now” button
NOTE: You must be at least 11 years of age to register for this class!
This is a six-hour training class required by law for all first-time hunters and trappers before they can buy a license. You must pass a certification exam at the end of the class to complete this training. Important: In order to prepare for your class, read Chapters 1, 4, 5 and 9 located at Today's Hunter & Trapper in PA.
Use the following link for online course study
Basic Hunter-Trapper Education (HTE)
By law, all first-time hunters and trappers, regardless of age, must successfully complete Hunter-Trapper Education training before they can buy a Pennsylvania hunting or trapping license. A training certificate, which is recognized throughout North America, is awarded when you pass a test at the end of the course. You must be at least 11 years old to enroll in a class. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. The training is designed to produce safe, responsible, knowledgeable and involved participants. The results of this program are remarkable. Since 1959, hunting-related shooting incidents have declined drastically. Hunting is safe and getting safer, thanks to hunter education.
2018 Youth Day info is below:
There is no cost for anyone attending youth day.
Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Paris Sportsmen Club Lake
154 Devils Den Road, Paris, PA 15021
You need to complete the two steps below to complete your registration:
Any questions call John Sinnett at 304-670-9818
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