Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Allegheny County Airport Bow Hunting Program

The Allegheny County Airport Authority is piloting a program that will allow archery-only hunting in designated zones on Pittsburgh International Airport property.  Hunting will run Oct. 5 to Jan. 11 and will be limited to archery-only -- no firearms, according to an airport news release.

A lottery system will be used to assign a limited number of permits to hunters who submit an application.  Hunters who receive a permit will have roughly 2,362 acres available to hunt.

State Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Moon, and Senator Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, both applauded the decision to reopen a portion of airport land to archery hunting.  The two legislators worked with Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald, the airport authority board and the hunting community.

"This is a good example of government at several levels listening to the concerns of the residents and addressing those concerns,” Mustio said.  Anyone interested in applying for a permit can visit

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