PILOT PROGRAM FOR ARCHERY-ONLY HUNTING AT PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
PITTSBURGH, PA (August 30, 2013) – The Allegheny County Airport Authority is announcing a pilot program for Archery Only hunting in designated hunting zones on Pittsburgh International Airport property. Hunting will be limited to Archery-only (No firearms) during the period 10/5/13-1/11/14. A lottery system will be used in order to assign a limited number of permits to hunters who submit an application
PA Rep. Mark Mustio said, “I applaud Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald and the Airport Authority board for working with him, Senator Matt Smith and the hunting community to reopen a portion of the Airport Authority controlled land for archery hunting. This is a good example of government at several levels listening to the concerns of the residents and addressing those concerns.”
PA Senator Matt Smith stated, "This announcement is good news for area sportsmen and women who will soon have access to additional lands and the opportunity to take part in the rich Pennsylvania tradition of archery hunting. I appreciate the efforts of all parties to arrive at a consensus on opening portions of airport controlled land for hunting. Allegheny County Executive Fitzgerald, Rep. Mark Mustio, and I worked collaboratively with the Airport Authority in listening to residents and developing a thoughtful proposal."
Roughly 2,362 acres will be made available to hunters authorized to hunt. The Airport Authority will issue permits and permitted hunters will be restricted to hunting only within the designated zones and will be sited for trespass if they are found to be hunting elsewhere on Airport property. All authorized hunters are subject to Pennsylvania Game Laws at all times. It is anticipated that the PA Game Commission will periodically patrol the areas in order to ensure compliance with game laws.
Those interested in applying, can visit www.FlyPittsburgh.com/archery for more information and to apply for a permit.