In cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the City of Pittsburgh is preparing for a pilot program with archery-controlled hunts in Frick and Riverview Parks during the 2023-2024 deer archery season.
Interested archers can enter into a lottery system from which 30 archers will be selected. All selected archers must pass a criminal background check and fulfill the following criteria:
- Be a resident of Allegheny County (priority will be given to City of Pittsburgh residents)
- Have a clean criminal background check, including a clean PA Game Commission record.
- Have purchased a 2B Antlerless Tag (or plan to do so)
Upon passing a criminal background check, the selected archers will be required to attend an accuracy test. If the accuracy test is passed, each hunter will be assigned a Hunter ID number and a specific location within Frick or Riverview Park where they are permitted to hunt.
- There is a zero-tolerance policy. Any hunter who violates the guidelines outlined in this program or commits a game-law felony will result in immediate expulsion from the program
- Every archer is REQUIRED to take a doe first. This doe must be donated to a food bank program, such as Hunters Sharing the Harvest
- Absolutely no gutting is allowed on-site
Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the safety measures in place for this pilot?
- Why are we doing this?
- Why now?
- When will these hunts take place?
- Why is the City of Pittsburgh requiring that a doe be taken first?
- Why not use Fertility Control?
- My home borders the park. How can I make sure hunters aren't entering my yard?
- Why were Frick and Riverview Parks chosen for the pilot?
- If the parks are posted for No Hunting why are they allowing hunting?