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 www.flypittsburgh.com/archery. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 22, with the drawing Sept. 25.
Ample antlerless permits remain for the airport hunt. In Wildlife Management Unit 2A, 24,196 tags were available Friday. Elsewhere, antlerless permits are sold out except for the following: WMU 1A-1,930 available; 2B-47,150; 3B-1,188; 5C-53,451; 5D-11,339.
Threat to North Park Lake?
When costly rehabilitation of North Park Lake was completed in 2012, state Fish and Boat Commission authorities were excited about the opening of a "new" lake -- fertile, healthy and teeming with newly stocked fish. Their prime concern was that someone might dump in a minnie bucket of invasive gizzard shad, which can out-compete gamefish for forage and destroy a vibrant fishery.
Last week, Fish and Boat released its first survey of Marshall Lake, the small impoundment just upstream from North Park Lake. In addition to finding largemouth bass, white and black crappies and bluegills, night electro-fishing and trap net surveys discovered 120 gizzard shad. The survey warned of possible negative impacts on Marshall Lake panfish. No word on whether the shad can be kept out of North Park Lake.
At 7 p.m. Monday at a free meeting of Penn's Woods West Trout Unlimited, guide and author Karl Weixlmann will talk about shore fishing for steelhead, and Mark Signorino will discuss Pennsylvania Steelhead Association conservation efforts. Brentwood VFW, 3801 Clairton Blvd. (Route 51), Brentwood. 412-881-9934. Details: www.pwwtu.org.
Catching trout in winter is on the agenda at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when Michael Richardson speaks at a meeting of the Tri-County Trout Club. Nonmembers $3, under 12 years old free. Burrell Lake Park, Fisher Hall on Delberta Road in Lower Burrell. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fish and Boat will hold a free Family Fishing program 4-7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Lake Wilhelm. Registration: 814-683-5126.