Sunday, September 08, 2013

Airport property reopens for archery, permits by lottery: Pittsburgh International (KPIT), Pennsylvania

In October, select hunters will be readmitted to some 2,000 acres of rolling suburban forest land in Findlay that has been posted for five years. 

Last week, the Allegheny County Airport Authority announced the launch of an archery-only hunt on roughly 2,362 acres of county land leased by Pittsburgh International Airport. The land had been open to hunting until 2008, when it was posted by the airport authority.

A lottery will be used to pick 157 archers who will be issued special hunting and parking permits needed for access during the Oct. 5-Jan. 11 hunt. Also required: a general hunting license, archery permit and, if desired, doe tags for Wildlife Management Unit 2A. Archery only. State hunting regulations apply.

Access will continue to be denied on some 7,000 acres of county-owned land adjacent to the airport between U.S. Route 376 and U.S. Route 376 Business.

Archery hunting will be permitted on 685 acres between Route 376 and Campmeeting Road and from Hookstown Grade Road south to Clinton Road; 321 acres between Route 376 and U.S. Route 30 and from Clinton Road south to U.S. Route 576, including lands surrounding part of Montour Trail; and 1,358 acres betweenRoutes 376 and 30 and from Rotue 576 south to Imperial.

The limited reopening of county lands to hunting followed pressure from state Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Moon, and state Sen. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, a member of the airport authority.

Find complete lottery rules and an application at   Applications will be accepted through Sept. 22, with the drawing Sept. 25.

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