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Kill deer at the airport on your next layover

Airports are trying to make layovers less awful by building fancy amenities like yoga rooms and saunas. But that kinda coddling is for the jokers in business class. You know how a real man spends his layover? Hunting.

Hope you packed your bow and arrow.

On Wednesday, the Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport Authority are announcing the winners of the annual lottery to control wildlife on airport property. For those winners, deer on the airport's more than 800 acres of designated bow-hunting area become fair game (literally) for the duration of hunting season.

Yeah, we’ve never heard of airport hunting either, but it's a thing. So why not embrace it? Pittsburgh's not alone, after all.

St. Cloud Regional Airport in Minnesota issues seven hunting permits a year, allowing the lucky recipients to hunt whitetail deer on its almost 200 acres, and Cecil Airport, a civil-military airport and spaceport in Jacksonville, FL, allows for deer and turkey hunting on its 1,861 acres, all in the name of population control.

Keep an eye out for next season's lotteries, and the big bucks could be yours. Although, we're pretty sure 12-point buck won't fit in carry on.


Sophie-Claire Hoeller is Thrillist's über-efficient German associate travel editor, and has had frequent flyer status since she was born in a Lufthansa terminal. Follow her @Sohostyle