Please Don't Hunt At The Pittsburgh International Airport

Important tip for aspiring sportsmen: Don’t “hunt” at Pittsburgh International Airport. It’s not legal to be creeping around airport property with loaded firearms. Shocking, we know.

From CBS 3:

Sixty-three-year-old William Kuriger Jr. was dropping off his son, 43-year-old William, to hunt on Tuesday. The father was cited for disorderly conduct while the son was cited for criminal trespass and illegally carrying a gun onto airport property.

The son tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he wasn’t close to airport buildings or runways, and says they won’t go back there to hunt.

The airport’s deer herd is thinned by 12 hunters who work in conjunction with air traffic controllers and other officials to ensure safety.

Um. In other news, the air traffic controllers are helping people hunt at Pittsburgh International Airport. You really do learn something new every day.

Father, son cited for hunting at Pittsburgh airport [CBS3]


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  1. mopar_man says:

    Amazing the stupidity of some people.

  2. emilu says:

    In fairness, the Pittsburgh airport is in a relatively rural area so I’m not too surprised someone would be hunting around it and get too close without realizing.

  3. Sam says:

    Re: The 12 hunters that get paid to thin the herd. How can I get that job?

  4. glass says:

    wonder how different this story would be if it were in LAX… now THAT’S infotainment!

  5. typetive says:

    I’ve seen some tasty looking wild turkeys on the back roads to and from the airport.

  6. Chese says:

    You guys should see what a deer can do to an airplane.

  7. Beschizza says:

    The whole of Pittsburgh is like this. You turn one corner, and you’re in the middle of dense forest, then turn the next and skyscrapers are looming over you.

  8. Ass_Cobra says:

    This is why Pittsburgh rules! Well this and Primanti Brothers Sandwiches.

  9. Black Bellamy says:

    oh man i would so love to hunt the airport!

    9 thousand acres by 12 hunters is 750 per – that’s one sweet ratio :)

    plus you got earpiece with ‘tower reports 12 pointer approaching delta three’

  10. ironchef says:

    how much do you get when you bag a plane?

  11. katieoh says:

    sometimes, pittsburgh is just too glorious for words.

  12. uricmu says:

    @Beschizza: Pittsburgh is a weird place when it comes to animals. Last year traffic near the Google building was stopped for 20 minutes because a wild turkey decided to sit in the middle of the road.

    The area around the airport is marked very well. I’m surprised anybody would go in there without noticing

  13. chili_dog says:

    @emilu: Except for that 12 foot barb wired topped fence with the signs that say keep out.

    But other then that yea, honest mistake.

  14. mopar_man says:


    I was going to say that there’s probably signs and/or fences. Beat me to it.

  15. z1rdarryl says:

    I can’t wait to see a deer straped to the front of an airplane

  16. Rusted says:

    @z1rdarryl: Alaska.

  17. V-effekt says:

    Deer are a major problem in Pittsburgh. Most locales hire professional hunters to thin the herd. Often the hunters work with bow/arrows as to reduce the risk of hitting innocents. I kid you not. In my region they do this as a matterof course. The number of traffic accidents caused by deer is high, so thinning out the herd is important. I can only imagine the same is true at the airport. I wonder if they do the same with the wild turkeys. yes, they are all over the place in the Pittsburgh area.

  18. Vegconsumer says:

    Shooting unarmed, unwilling participants is HARDLY a sport.

  19. chatterboxwriting says:

    @RowdyRoddyPiper: Mmm, Primanti Brothers. Haven’t been there in years!

  20. El Ojo says:

    @Vegconsumer: Neither is beating cows on the head with a sledgehammer before they enter the packing house. But no one ever seems to complain about that.

  21. JayXJ says:

    @Vegconsumer: But the participants taste so GOOD…

  22. Morgan says:

    @Vegconsumer: Unarmed? Have you seen the antlers on some of those things? Or the hooves? Heck, many could crush you just by sitting on you or body checking you. Deer are properly equiped to kill humans; they just don’t try most of the time.

  23. Benstein says:

    I got caught fishing on Pittsburgh Airport property. There is literally miles of woods with no signs. I had no idea that it was even airport property and I lived in the area. We didn’t get into any trouble as this was pre-9/11. It would be a good place to hunt also.

    Yes, Deer are friggen everywhere around here. I wish they would extend hunting season even more.

  24. matika says:

    @vegconsumer: If, in this situation, a deer should run in front of a plane, the deer not only gets scragged, but the plane’s damaged too. By the way: news flash, vegetables are living things too, and you seem to have no problem with the sport of eating them.