Hunting Policy

Allegheny Land Trust properties accommodate a wide variety of public uses including hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, scientific research and hunting. Primarily, ALT views hunting as a natural resource management tool, and secondarily as an allowable recreational activity. In order to create a safe and enjoyable environment for all visitors, we ask hunters to review and comply with our hunting program policies and guidelines. Failure to adhere to the rules and regulations will result in suspension of hunting privileges and/or citation by local law enforcement. Hunting is permitted on ALT land only between September 1 and January 31 and you must have a FREE ALT hunting permit, which is embedded at the bottom of this page.

In general there are three types of properties in relation to hunting. ALT will evaluate each property independently and using best judgment, ALT may permit hunting, hunting with restrictions, or close the property to public hunting. These property descriptions are listed below:

Open Hunting Conservation Areas

Hunters are permitted to take any legal game by any weapon available to them legally during the permitted ALT hunting season of September 1 – January 31. This includes trapping.

Open Hunting Properties:

Restricted Hunting Conservation Areas

Hunters are permitted to hunt only white tail deer and only with a bow and arrow during the permitted ALT hunting season of September 1 – January 31. This excludes hunting of any other game species and trapping.

Restricted Hunting Properties:

No Hunting Conservation Areas

ALT owns property that is not open for any hunting season. These areas are usually small in size, located in residential neighborhoods, or too ecologically sensitive for off-trail foot traffic. This also includes all Conservation Easements as they are not owned by the Allegheny Land Trust.

Often, hunting permissions on our properties adjacent to public parks and residential areas are managed by the Whitetail Management Associates (WMA). If you’re interested in hunting at one of these properties, please contact bohunter28@gmail.com for more information.

WMA Managed Properties:

If a property is not listed on this page, it is not a publicly hunted property. Hunters are responsible for knowing the property boundaries and obeying all federal, state, and local laws. Many properties have detailed boundary topographic maps on the property website. We ask that you respect the land, the animals and other property users when you hunt on ALT lands. As a private land owner, ALT reserves the right to prohibit or promote hunting on conservation areas at any time in accordance with local, state and federal law.

While ALT understands that not all of its supporters may be supportive of hunting on ALT conservation areas, as an organization, we believe the benefits of permitting hunting greatly outweigh the consequences of prohibiting hunting. For everyone’s safety, we insist hikers and hunters alike exercise good and safe judgment, wear orange and be smart. Although it is impossible to please all user groups, limiting the time and type of hunting on ALT conservation lands allows both groups to enjoy the lands that ALT protects. Also, please remember that lands on which the Allegheny Land Trust holds a conservation easement are private property and the Land Trust does not have the authority to grant permission to hunt on these lands.

As a local, not-for-profit organization, we ask that hunters make a donation to the land trust so that we can continue to sustainably manage our conservation lands for all recreational users. To donate, contact Allegheny Land Trust at 412-741-2750 or Donate Online.

For additional information about hunting in Pennsylvania, please see the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website or contact their South West Regional office at 724-238-9523.

 

The 2017-18 Hunting Season begins September 1, 2017. Please complete the form below for your annual permit before visiting an ALT property to hunt.

 

 

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