Two wild deer harvested in Allamakee County recently have been confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease, marking the third year in a row the disease has been confirmed in a wild Iowa deer — all in Allamakee County.

“This is disappointing but not altogether surprising,” said Dr. Dale Garner, chief of Wildlife for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “This region was a focal point for increased surveillance, and thanks to hunters in the area, we exceeded our goal of 400 samples. Our next step is to host another public meeting up there, listen to their concerns and discuss options available going forward.”

The surveillance zone covered a 140-square mile area in eastern Allamakee and northeast Clayton County, including the area near Harper’s Ferry. The two recent CWD positive deer were harvested within two miles of where the previous positive deer were taken.

Last year, local residents partnered with the Iowa DNR to collect 85 additional samples after the regular deer seasons. None of those deer collected tested positive for the neurological disease, which affects primarily deer and elk.

The Iowa DNR is currently working to obtain as much information as possible about the infected deer to implement a response plan.

Bass Pro Shops classic begins

The Bass Pro Shops 10-day spring fishing classic starts Friday.

The event will be filled with the latest fishing gear, tips, outdoor celebrities, giveaways and more.

Novice and experienced anglers can learn from the pros while kids can attend a fishing workshop, participate in the casting challenge, win prizes and more during the Next Generation weekend.

Pros, events, seminars and times vary by store location and are subject to change. For more information, visit www.basspro.com/classic.

GPC to host meetings

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host two public informational meetings to discuss the proposed placement of a bench and berm for hunters to sight-in firearms at Killdeer Wildlife Management Area in Lancaster County.

The meetings will be Feb. 16 at the Spring Creek Audubon Center, 11700 SW 100th St., Denton, and Feb. 18 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., Lincoln. Both meetings begin at 6 p.m.

Killdeer WMA is located 2½ miles north of Martell.

Calendar

SUNDAY

» Shootout at Salt Creek, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 10 a.m., 402-471-6141

» Cowboy Poetry and Music, Arthur Bowring Ranch State Historical Park, Merriman, 308-684-3428

TUESDAY

» White-fronted goose hunting season closes

» Dark goose hunting season closes in East, Platte River, Panhandle and Niobrara units

» Statewide light goose hunting season closes

WEDNESDAY

» Light Goose Conservation Order hunting begins

THURSDAY

» Start of Valentine’s Special, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, 402-944-2523

» Wild Game Recipes, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln, 6 p.m., 402-471-6141. Also Feb. 25.

FRIDAY

» Valentine’s Day Dinner to Feb. 14, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, 402-944-2523

SATURDAY

» Hiking Marathon, Ponca SP, Ponca, 8 a.m., 402-755-2284

» Raging Bull Adventure Race, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, 402-944-2523

» Pheasants Forever State Habitat Meeting, Kearney, 8 a.m., 308-850-8395

» Volunteer Fishing Instructor Training, Rock Creek Station SHP, Fairbury, 10 a.m., 402-729-5777

» Valentine’s Dinner, Platte River SP, Louisville, 5 p.m., 402-234-2217

» Two-day Birds and Breakfast hike and identification workshop, Ponca SP, Ponca, 402-755-2284

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