Just a small sample of the policies and restrictions that all WMA hunters follow...
All archers shall be required to carry some form of personal identification as required by the PA State Game Laws.
All archers shall, at all times, display in a separate back tag holder the permit issued by the Association and validated by the municipality. This registration tag shall be displayed in the same manner as the archer’s hunting license(s). Any permit not properly validated by the municipality shall be considered void.
SECTION 2 - PARKING
Only vehicles registered in accordance with Association requirements shall be permitted to be used during any hunt and must display their parking permit in view taped to the passenger side of their windshield (right side corner).
When required by the Association or the municipality, all vehicles shall display a WMA identification placard while the occupant is scouting or hunting. The Association will provide placards. All placards must be returned at the conclusion of the hunt; members not returning parking placards will face possible loss of future membership privileges.
Parking shall be permitted at designated areas only.
SECTION 3 - RULES, REGULATIONS, AND CONDITIONS
Obey all Pennsylvania Game Laws.
You are a representative of the Association and the sport of bowhunting. As such, treat everyone you meet with courtesy and respect. At some point you will encounter someone who opposes your presence. DO NOT ENGAGE IN ARGUMENTS OR BECOME ABUSIVE, even if verbally assaulted. Leave the area immediately, contact your program director and inform him of the incident.
If you are stopped or checked by a police officer while hunting, entering, or exiting the woods you are required to notify your Program Director AND or President of the incident as soon as possible.
ALL MEMBERS: An antlered deer may be harvested only after at least one antlerless deer has been harvested. Keep in mind that the purpose of the program is game management, not trophy hunting.
Unless otherwise instructed, Association members are permitted to harvest whitetail deer only.
All hunters are required by the Association to keep an accurate, up-to-date log of all time spent afield. The log must include at a minimum dates, game harvested, and time of harvest.
The logbooks will be collected at the end of each archery season by the member’s Group Leader, and will be returned to the Vice President at the end of hunting season.
All hunting shall take place from elevated tree stands. Tree stands shall be of the non-damaging type, and shall be placed a minimum of 12 feet above the base of the tree that the stand is placed in.
All portable “hang-on” tree stands left in the woods must have at least the lowest 12 feet of climbing aid removed from the tree when not in use. If using climbing sticks, remove the lower sections. If using tie-on tree steps, remove the lower steps. This is to ensure that children, etc. are not able to climb and fall from the stand or steps.
Stalking and/or still hunting is not permitted at any time. Shooting from the ground is not permitted at any time. Arrows must be quivered while not elevated in a tree.
Permanent tree stands are not permitted.
Screw in tree steps are not permitted.
Under no circumstances are animals permitted to be field dressed in the woods, each park will have an assigned location for field dressing. All entrails once removed from the animal at the dump station must be placed in garbage bags before being placed in dumpsters. Under no circumstances should any hunter leave any mess at this area.
Harvested deer must be called in to the harvest report line each Sunday between 9am & 1pm. Information needed is location and buck, doe, or button buck.
Harvested animals may not be visible during transport in the municipality or anywhere within Allegheny County Park boundaries.
Each participant shall be assigned one hunt area. You are required to remain in your assigned area at all times. You may hunt another person’s area only with their permission and their approval.
All arrows used during the hunt must carry a unique identification code assigned to each specific hunter by the Association. Marking shall be accomplished by means of an indelible marker on at least one vane or the shaft.
All archers are required to wear a safety belt/harness at all times while hunting. This includes ascent and descent. Be smart, not a statistic!
Use of a flashlight or some form of illuminating device when entering or exiting the woods in the dark is required.
Blaze orange must be worn and/or displayed in accordance with Pennsylvania Game Laws.
No member shall be permitted to remove, damage, alter or destroy any belongings occurring on any landowner’s property. This includes but is not limited to foliage, crops and plantings.
Successful archers must donate the 1st and every third deer harvested to the Greater Pittsburgh food bank. The Association has made arrangements with a processor for this and will pay the costs of processing and storage.
All wounded animals must be tracked to a successful conclusion. If the animal moves to private property or another area in the park, you are required to notify the park director before tracking the animal any further.
If you shoot an animal and are unable to locate it, notify your park director immediately if this animal is not found the hunter will not be able to hunt until notified by his park director.
If you shoot an animal and the animal moves to or dies in a conspicuous area such as a field, grove, or roadway:
All arrows must be accounted for. Members are required to notify their program director of all lost, missing or unrecovered arrows.
All members are required to report any violations of the game law or Association rules and regulations to your Group Leader. This includes violations or trespassing by individuals other than Association members.
Occasionally hunters are approached by the media looking for comments or photo opportunities. Members are not authorized or permitted to represent the Association to any media outlet in any manner. Refer all parties with questions and comments to the President.
Do not litter.
If the animal is dead, and people are around call your director to notify WCO or police to remove it. If nobody around remove the animal immediately from the area and contact your Program Director immediately.
If the animal is not dead, extreme discretion is required. If non-hunters, bystanders or park users are in the area, do not attempt to “finish off” the animal. Leave immediately and contact your Program Director. If you are certain that there is no one in the immediate area, dispatch the animal and remove it immediately. Notify your Program Director of the incident.
In either instance, if your Program Director is not available immediately notify the Vice President or the President of the incident.
In order to give prospective members and clients an idea of how we operate, below is a PARTIAL list of the rules that all hunters abide by. Final rules and regulations are tailored to the property owner's wishes, and both members and enrolled homeowners receive a complete copy of all rules and regulations.
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