around the game commission
• Western Pennsylvania hunters were well represented in the elk license drawing for the Nov. 5-10 hunt. A drawing was held to award 65 tags: 19 for bulls, 46 for cows. Among those drawing bull tags were Kenneth Deemer of Valencia, Harry Speedy of Greensburg, William Kostra of Transfer, William Acklin of Washington, Adam King of Apollo, Daniel Barto of Baden, Lloyd Weidler of Girard, Roger Rummel of Nanty Glo, Ronald Ferlin of Uniontown, and Richard Trathen of Scott Township. Among those awarded cow tags were Philip Larkin of Patton, Daniel Gillin of Darlington, Gregory Vitale of Gibsonia, Thomas Krull of Portage, Robert Moon of Polk, Ryan Williams of Tarentum, Terry McLaughlin of Greensburg, Ronald Baughman of Butler, Ernest Smith of Hermitage, Richard Myers of Rimersburg, Bradley Martin of Fairchance, Russell Neal of Punxsutawney, James Willis of Jefferson, Russell Grossman of Mercer, Charles Pekar of Irwin and Raymond Previte of Indiana. Once the commission confirms that all of the hunters drawn for tags are in good standing, they will be issued an elk hunt information packet.
• It's official: Epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, is what killed two deer in Beaver County and a third in Westmoreland. Game Commission veterinarian Walt Cottrell said testing done by the University of Georgia confirmed that suspicion. Additional testing on dead deer collected in Cambria and Westmoreland counties is ongoing, but Cottrell said EHD likely is behind their deaths, too. EHD has been impacting deer all across the country. The Georgia lab has confirmed deer deaths due to four strains of the disease in 15 states this year. The disease is likely such an issue this year because widespread drought and high temperatures caused lower water levels and created more of the muddy areas favored by the disease-carrying midges, according to a bulletin from the National Wildlife Health Center.
around the fish and boat commission
• The Fish and Boat Commission will demonstrate its fish survey methods and fisheries management strategies at 5 p.m. Sept. 28 on the North Shore Riverwalk outside PNC Park in conjunction with the 3 Rivers Challenge fishing tournament. Biologists will exhibit some of the fish species that inhabit the Three Rivers. They also will demonstrate survey techniques used on large rivers — primarily boat electrofishing, hoop netting and benthic trawling — and present fisheries management strategies for bass, walleye, sauger and catfish.