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Trout stocking this week

| Sunday, March 16, 2003

Trout stocking this week

The following approved waters will be stocked with trout this week as part of the preseason stocking schedule:

Armstrong County

Little Sandy Creek --2,750 brook and 2,750 brown trout. Meeting place will be 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Cool Spring Post Office.

Butler County

Slippery Rock Creek --3,300 brown and 3,300 rainbow trout. Meeting place will be 11 a.m. Monday at the intersection of SR 0019 and SR 0108.

There will be no trout stocking this week in Allegheny or Westmoreland Counties.

Maple sugar program

Jennings Environmental Education Center will host a program on maple sugaring at 2 p.m. today. The program will begin indoors, but participants will get outside to see a working evaporator and get a taste of fresh maple syrup. Cost: Free. Contact :724-794-6011.

Bass tournament

Moraine State Park and Bait Box Bassmasters will hold a bass fishing tournament from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29 on Lake Arthur. The weigh-in and tournament headquarters will be at the McDanel's launch ramp on the north shore of the lake. Contact : Eric Hohman, 724-364-3215.

Deer Creek clean-up

The Tri-County trout Club will host its annual Deer Creek Stream Clean-up day at 8 a.m. April 5 with volunteers meeting at Emmerling Park. The clean-up project is expected to end around noon, when lunch will be provided. The club will provide bags, orange vests, and a limited number of gloves. Bring old clothes, waders or hip boots and some energy to pick up debris and litter. Contact : Wes Biery, 412-767-0459.

New PGC director

Michael A. Dubaich has been named director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Bureau of Law Enforcement. Dubaich has been serving as the bureau's acting director since January, following the retirement of David Overcash. Dubaich will coordinate and oversee, along with the six regional directors and other law enforcement supervisors, the enforcement activities of the Game Commission's 135 district and more than 500 deputy Wildlife Conservation Officers.

Hunter/trapper survey

A random selection of Pennsylvania hunters and trappers soon will be receiving the Pennsylvania Game Commission's annual hunter and furtaker surveys, which they are encouraged to complete and return the surveys to the agency as soon as possible. The surveys are used to estimate the number of species-specific hunters and furtakers, amount of hunting and trapping effort, and the size of the harvest for a variety of small game, furbearer and waterfowl species. Follow-up surveys will be mailed to those not responding to the first survey mailings.

PGC meeting

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will hold a meeting on April 7-8 at the agency's Harrisburg headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81. The meetings will begin at 8:30 a.m. on both days. On April 7, the board will hear public comments on the proposed 2003-2004 hunting and furtaking seasons and bag limits that were given preliminary approval in January. Individuals may offer public comments of up to five minutes, or they may submit written comments. The board also will receive agency staff reports and updates. On April 8, the board is scheduled to take official action to finalize the 2003-2004 hunting and furtaking seasons and bag limits, including the adoption of new Wildlife Management Units.

Good news about CWD

Samples taken from more than 500 hunter-killed Pennsylvania white-tailed deer during the 2002 two-week concurrent rifle deer season have all tested negative for chronic wasting disease, according to representatives of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and state Department of Agriculture. While the long anticipated test results were good news, the Game Commission will continue to monitor and collect deer and elk that appear sick or behave abnormally. Plans are in place to continue random testing of hunter-killed deer, as well as all hunter-killed elk, during the 2003-2004 seasons.

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