Many of us who live in Stanton Heights love that we are surrounded by woods – from the Allegheny Cemetery to the Allegheny River Greenway along Butler street, there are many pockets of forest within our neighborhood that attract wildlife. Our large population of deer has drawn some urban hunters to the neighborhood, prompting questions and concerns from our community members. On January 18th, representatives from the PA State Game Commission joined the SHNA at our monthly community meeting to address neighbors’ questions and concerns regarding hunting in the city. This informative discussion helped our neighbors better understand the rules and regulations surrounding legalized hunting within city limits, and what to do if we see something that doesn’t look right. (spoiler alert – call 911!) We’ve summarized the highlights on this page, and you can visit their website for more detailed information: www.pgc.pa.gov or call the regional office: 724-238-9523
If you see anyone in the neighborhood who appears to not be following the regulations below, please call 911 to report the individual and any helpful information to police. Our City of Pittsburgh Police work closely with our region’s Game Wardens to enforce these laws and ensure safe and responsible hunting.
- Hunting is legal on private property only WITH PERMISSION of the property owner. It is unlawful to hunt for, shoot at, trap, take, chase or disturb wildlife within 150 yards of any occupied residence, camp, industrial or commercial building, farm house or farm building, or school or playground without the permission of the occupants.
- Hunting is prohibited within 150 yards of a school or playground
- Hunting is not allowed on city property (as city property is considered private property and permission has not been granted by the City of Pittsburgh)
- One caveat to the above: Hunting IS ALLOWED in designated greenways. However, they would need to remain within the 150 yard rule
- Hunting in cemeteries is prohibited. In some instances, cemeteries have developed special programs to manage large deer populations, however this does not currently exist in the Allegheny Cemetery.
- Poaching is prohibited. This includes:
- Baiting by leaving out food
- Hunting at night (hunting hours are officially 1/2 hour before dawn and 1/2 hour after dark)
- For more information regarding safety zones, please visit: https://pagamecommission.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/safety-zones/
Given all of the above restrictions, there are only a few small areas within our neighborhood that would not fall into safe zones. We hope this information is helpful for the community and encourages safe hunting practices!
January 18, 2017 – SHNA Community Meeting
6:30 – 8:00 pm at Sunnyside Elementary Library
This month’s neighborhood association meeting will feature a panel discussing the rules and regulations regarding bow-hunting in the city. Several of our residents recently expressed concern after learning that hunting is indeed legal within the city limits, and does occur in places in and near Stanton Heights. We hope this meeting will provide helpful information for all in our community, both hunters and resident non-hunters. The panel will be moderated by neighborhood resident Randa Shannon and feature representatives from the state game commission, city council, and the city police.
Other agenda items include:
- A summary of the Jan. 4 PWSA meeting
- Tree request forms for 2017 plantings
- Neighborhood social events
- and more!
Join us for our monthly happy hour and get to know a few of your neighbors!
What: Stanton Heights Neighborhood Happy Hour
When: Thursday, January 19th; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: The Sharp Edge at 302 S. St. Clair Street
Make sure to get there early to take advantage of the happy hour specials: 1/2 price drafts, $1 off house wines, & 55 cents for wings and Buffalo Bites from 4:30 – 6:30. The Sharp Edge is located at the corner of S. Aiken and Friendship. Our group will be located in the area inside the front door to the right.
Join us on December 8th to kick off the holiday season with your neighbors! The fun starts at 6:00 at the Church Brew Works on Thursday, December 8th. Festive attire is encouraged, but certainly not required. Bring a friend, bring your neighbor, or just yourself!
The general election may be over, but you still have a chance to build a strong community right here in your own neighborhood. Please join us for our next Stanton Heights community meeting on Wednesday, November 16th and cast your ballot for our 2017 SHNA board of directors! We will also have officers from Zone 5 present to share information regarding public safety and the recent shooting in our neighborhood.
All Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association members in good standing are eligible to vote! If you are not a member, dues are only $5 per year, per person, and can be paid at the meeting with cash or check.
What: SHNA Community Meeting & Board Elections
When: Wednesday, November 16th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: Sunnyside Elementary
2017 Board of Directors Ballot
President: Lissa Geiger Shulman
Secretary: Mary Fischerkeller
Board Members At Large:
What improvements would you like to see for the area behind Sunnyside Elementary? The Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association is collecting feedback from the community to share with Councilwoman Deb Gross’ office. We need your help to advocate for the interests of our neighborhood within the capital budget! We know it’s not easy for everyone to attend our monthly meetings, that’s why we are asking for less than 2 minutes of your time to make this a community decision by sharing your thoughts using the survey link below. Thank you in advance, and please share this survey with your neighbors!
Dinan Park Survey