Some hunters showed up at Leakway’s Taxidermy in Newberry Township with their whole deer on the first day of firearms deer season, but the business wasn’t taking the whole animal.
“We’re not a processor,” Jason Leakway said. “We’re just a taxidermist.”
The confusion was caused by some new rules for hunters this year after chronic wasting disease, which is fatal to deer, was found this fall in two captive deer in Adams County. You can read more about how hunters in York County have reacted to the disease by clicking here. You can get answers to some questions about the disease by clicking here.
The state Game Commission established a disease management area, which covers part of York and Adams counties, and hunters who kill deer in that area must take it to a checkpoint in East Berlin, a deer processor or a taxidermist also in the area. The game commission is collecting the deer heads — or the parts as needed — from those locations to test the deer for the disease. It will take two weeks or longer to get the results.
“It was like mass confusion,” Leakway said.
Hunters should take the deer to the check station or a butcher shop to be processed, Leakway said. Taxidermists only need the head.
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