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Storm Derails WVMP Practice

As a result of heavy damage from the April 26 storms that hit the area, Wyalusing Valley Motorsports Park in Homets Ferry has postponed the practice session slated for Saturday, April 30.

According to track promoter Billy Maynard, wind damage from the storm coupled with almost two inches of rain on an already soaked facility has made it impossible to get ready for Saturday’s planned event, which was also to include a Teamwork Challenge 96 for SportsMen karts.

The practice and Teamwork Challenge 96 has been rescheduled for May 7, pushing the season opener back to May 14. If practice can’t be held that day, an extended pre-race practice will be slated for the May 14 opener.


No CWD Found in Pennsylvania Deer

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was not found in samples taken from hunter-killed deer during the state’s 2010 hunting season, according to Dr. Walt Cottrell, Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife veterinarian.

In 2010, 3.882 samples from hunter-killed deer were tested, and CWD was not detected. This marked the ninth year for testing hunter-killed deer. In total, nearly 30,000 deer have been tested. CWD was not detected in any samples from previous years.

Results showing that the CWD tests of hunter-killed elk from 2010 were all negative were announced on Jan. 5.


Penn Can Speedway Beats Weather

Despite a forecast of rain, Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, PA, completed its scheduled “Can Opener” on Friday, April 22.

Jeff Strunk won the Modified feature. Other winners included Donnie Lawson in Sportsman; Ryan Stone in Street Stocks; Beezer Wilkie in Four Cylinders; George Brown in Factory Stocks and Dan Wood in Empire Sports Trucks.

Two other tracks weren’t so lucky. Dunn Hill 2 in Monroeton and Five Mile Point in Kirkwood, NY, both had to postpone shows. Dunn Hill 2 will try again on April 29 to run Graphix by Billy Night. Five Mile Point’s twice-postponed Southern Tier Open is set for May 1 with a 4:30 p.m. start.


Hunters Can Phone in Harvest Report

Just in time for the 2011 spring gobbler season, hunters in Pennsylvania can add toll-free telephone reporting to the list of methods of submitting harvest reports to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Beginning April 25, the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) harvest reporting system telephone number is 1-855-PAHUNT1 (724-8681).

Hunters should have their Customer Identification Number (hunting license number) and field harvest tag information when they call. Multiple harvests can be reported in a single call. Callers should speak clearly and distinctly when reporting harvest, especially when providing the Wildlife Management Unit number and letter.

The phone system can be used to report deer, turkey, bobcat and fisher. However, elk and bear hunters are still required to present their harvest to check stations.

Other harvest reporting methods include through the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) or by the pre-paid postcards included in the Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest.


Wyalusing Wrestlers in Eastern Nationals

Creighton Edsell and Collin Edsell, both Wyalusing students, will compete at the Mid Atlantic Wrestling Association’s Eastern Nationals this weekend.

Collin Edsell won his Intermediate 95-pound weight class at the qualifying tournament in Shamokin. Earlier this year, he competed in the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling (PJW) State Championships.

Creighton Edsell, who finished fifth last month at the PJW State Championships, will compete in the Junior, 82-pound division after finishing second in the Shamokin qualifying tournament. 

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