By Bob Frye
Published: Sunday, November 27, 2011
Butler's keeping the pressure on in the Allegheny Valley Rifle League A-team standings, improving to 4-1 and remaining just a half-game out of first place by beating Murrysville #2 (0-5), 1,178-1,151. Kiski (3-2) beat Fort Hand (1-4), 1,176-1,171, and first-place Murrysville (4-0) had the bye. In the B-team standings, Kiski is on top at 4-1, followed by Butler (3-2), Murrysville and Murrysville #2, each 2-3, and Fort Hand 1-4. Sherwin McConnell of Butler and junior Matt Smith of Kiski fired 299s to post the week's top score. Jim Spelock of Kiski and Bob Doverspike of Butler fired 295s for the high senior scores; high female was junior shooter Amber Trkula of Kiski was with 210.
-- Monday to Friday: Deer season, bucks only, in wildlife management units 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3B, 3C, 4B, 4D and 4E.
-- Monday to Dec. 10: Deer season, bucks and does, in wildlife management units 1A, 1B, 2B, 3A, 3D, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5B, 5C and 5D.
-- Saturday to Dec. 11: Deer season, bucks and does, in wildlife management units 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3B, 3C, 4B, 4D and 4E.
-- Through Feb. 18: Hunting season on raccoons and foxes.
-- Through Feb. 19: Trapping season on coyotes, foxes, opossums, raccoons, skunks and weasels.
-- California (Pa.) is hosting an art exhibit centered around the massive fish kill in Dunkard Creek in 2009. Each of 90 artists painted one species of aquatic life killed in the Dunkard Creek incident, which has been blamed on pollution and the release of toxins from golden algae, a non-native organism. Nine sites in the Monongahela watershed will ultimately host the traveling exhibition, which is sponsored by the Mountain Institute Appalachia Program. Artworks will be on view from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 8 in the lobby of Frich Hall. Contact: 724-938-4563.
Shoots on tap
-- Millvale Sportsman's Club, 170 Sunny Hill Road in Wexford, hosts trap shoots from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, skeet shoots from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays and five-stand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Contact: 724-935-9963. On the web: millvalesportsmens.com
-- The Sportsmen's Association of Greensburg hosts trap, skeet and sporting clays tower shoots from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays. The trap range has a ramp to accommodate special-needs shooters. The club also hosts skeet shoots from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Contact: 724-423-6350.
-- South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club holds trap shooting every Monday starting at 5 p.m. The public is welcome.
-- Ellsworth Sportsmen's Club's trap range is open Fridays at 7 p.m. for league and practice shooting. The club opens at 6:30 p.m. Fridays, with food and drinks available for purchase. The public is welcome to use the lighted range; cost is $5 per round and $4 per round for practice. Contact: 724-945-5275. On the web: ellsworthsportsmen.webs.com
-- The Lawrence County Sportsman's Association in Wampum opens its shotgun and .22 rifle ranges to the public Wednesdays starting at 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact: 724-562-1075.
-- California Hill Gun Club holds NSCA registered shoots Sundays, with sign-ups starting at 9 a.m. Contact: the club at 724-938-3480 or Phil Difilippo at 724-263-5016.
-- Pony Farm Sportsmen's Club in Kittanning hosts open trap nights every Friday at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to use the lighted ranges. The full kitchen is open for all events. On the web: www.ponyfarm-achfc.org
-- Sutersville Sportsmen's Club holds trap practice beginning at 6 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. Tuesdays. The public is welcome. Contact: 724-872-0989.
-- Connellsville Sportsmen's Club hosts trap and skeet practice every Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. All shooters and the public are welcome. Instruction is available.
-- Rostraver Sportsmen and Conservation Association holds big bore pistol and .22 longrifle shoots from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and trap practice at 10 a.m. Thursdays and 1 p.m. Saturdays. Contact: 724-872-4399.
-- Shannock Valley Sportsmen's Club in Yatesboro holds trap practice every Wednesday at 6 p.m. The public is invited to all events.
-- Hecla's trap range is open for practice from 5 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday. The public is welcome. Contact: 724-423-6090 after 2 p.m.
-- Fort Hand Rifle Club in North Vandergrift holds an ARA-sanctioned smallbore benchrest shoot on the second Saturday of every month. The club also hosts an NRA-sanctioned smallbore metallic silhouette match on the second Sunday of every month. Contact: 724-726-9580.
-- Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen's Club holds outdoor civilian marksmanship program shoots at 11 a.m. the third Sunday of every month, with sign-ups and a safety orientation beginning at 9:30; outdoor pistol, NMC and MPRL shoots at 6 p.m. Mondays; five-stand shoots are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and third Sundays of the month; trap shoots are held from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays; there's a Tres Bandidos shoot at 6 p.m. the fifth Wednesday. Contact: 412-531-5043. On the web: www.mdi.net/dml
-- Roscoe Sportsmen's Association's youth trap league shoots are held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays. The adult league shoots from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Contact: Mike Hela at 724-938-3500 or the club at 724-938-9080 Wednesdays and Sundays.
-- Vandergrift Sportsmen's Association holds 5-stand sporting clays shoots at its club grounds on Sportsmen Drive in Washington Township every Wednesday from 4 p.m. until dark. Cost is $4 per round. Contact: 724-478-2129.
-- Youngwood Sportsmen's Association holds trap shoots from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The shoots are open to the public. Call Fred at 724-837-5516 or Frank at 724-834-3234.
-- West Penn Sportsmen's Club in Murrysville holds five stand shoots from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. The trap ranges are open 4:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays.
-- East Monongahela Sportsmen's Club holds 25-yard pin shoots at 6:30 p.m. Mondays; cost is $6. On Thursdays, the club runs trap shoots for $2.50 per round and 50-yard pin shoots on the pistol range for $6; both events start at 6:30 p.m. All events are open to the public. Contact: 412-384-4747.
-- East Huntingdon Sportsman's Club in Alverton holds trap practice at 7 p.m. Mondays. The club's indoor pistol range is open at 7 p.m. Mondays or by appointment for groups. Contact: 724-887-5404.
-- White Oak Rod and Gun Club holds CMP shoots from 9 to 11 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month. There are indoor 3-D archery shoots from 6 to 9 p.m. every Thursday. Cost is $3 for adults, $1 for kids ages 12 to 16, and free to those 11 and younger and 65 and older. Skeet and 5-stand shoots are held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and on sporting clays Sundays. All events are open to the public. Contact: 724-863-9941.
-- Crowfoot Rod and Gun Club in Murrysville opens its trap range to the public from 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Contact: 724-327-9315 or 724-327-0592.
-- Pitcairn Monroeville Sportsmen's Club, 505 Mosside Blvd., North Versailles, hosts Civilian Marksmanship Program and practical pistol shoots at 9 a.m. the first Sunday of each month, archery practice at 6 p.m. Mondays, practical pistol practice at 6 p.m. Thursdays, and trap practice at 6 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. Saturdays, and 1 p.m. Sundays. Contact: 412-824-3790.
-- McDonald Sportsmen's Association hosts trap and skeet practice from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays. The public is welcome. Contact: 724-796-2271. On the web: mcdonaldsportsmen.com
-- Clairton Sportsmen's Club hosts skeet shoots and practice from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The trap league and practice is from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
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