Notices from the outdoors
Hunter safety courses
• South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club, Fayette County, 6 to 10 p.m. March 5 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 6. Lunch provided; class limit 60. Pre-registration required by calling Ron Brooks at 724-628-4091.
• Pitcairn-Monroeville Sportsmen's Club, Allegheny County, 6 to 10 p.m. March 5 and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 6. Lunch provided for $3.50 or bring your own; class limit 70. Pre-registration required by calling William A. Chessman at 412-241-2879.
• Gander Mountain, Cambria County, 1 to 6 p.m. March 6 and 7. Class limit 25. Pre-registration required by calling the store at 814-266-1777.
• White Oak Rod and Gun Club, Westmoreland County, 4 to 8:30 p.m. March 7 and 5 to 8:30 p.m. March 8 and March 9. Class limit 50. Pre-registration required by calling Dennis Marcelli at 724-523-5551.
• Bull Creek Rod and Gun Club, Allegheny County, 6 to 9 p.m. March 12 and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 13. Lunch provided; class limit 40. Pre-registration required by calling Chuck Gray or Terry Davidek at 412-767-4780 or 724-226-3369.
• Indian Creek Valley Sportsmen's Association, Fayette County, 5 to 10 p.m. March 12 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 13. Lunch provided; class limit 50. Pre-registration required by calling Tim Coffman or Ed Bukovac at 724-455-4589 or 724-455-3897.
• Monroeville Municipal Building, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 13 and 14. Lunch provided; class limit 80. Pre-registration required by calling John Trkula or William McAllister at 412-856-3369 or 412-856-3387.
• Mt. Pleasant Armory, Westmoreland County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 13 and 8 a.m. to noon March 14. Lunch provided; class limit 60. Pre-registration required by calling Matt Thomas at 724-244-0127.
• Fairbank Rod and Gun Club, Fayette County, 6 to 9 p.m. March 19 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mach 20. Lunch provided; class limit 50. Pre-registration required by calling Pete Graziani at 724-245-7465.
• Harvey's Grange, Greene County, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 19 and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 20. Lunch provided; class limit 50. Pre-registration required by calling Marvin Cumberledge at 724-451-8481.
• Rostraver Sportsmen's Associaiton, Westmoreland County, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 20 and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21. Lunch provided; class limit 35. Pre-registration required on-line at www.pgc.state.pa.us .
• Springdale District Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 20 and 21. Lunch provided for $3; class limit 40. Pre-registration required by calling Steven Allias at 724-335-7171.
• Benshoff Hill Rod and Gun Club, Cambria County, 4 to 8 p.m. March 26 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 27. Lunch provided; class limit 25. Pre-registration required by calling Brian Eichelberger or Ron Gagan at 814-535-3893 or 814-536-6621.
• Irwin Sportsmen's Association, Westmoreland County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 27 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 28. Lunch provided; class limit 40. Pre-registration required by calling Joseph or Lori Kelly at 724-744-1730.
• Critchfield Alliance Church, Fayette County, 5 to 10 p.m. March 26 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 27. Lunch provided; class limit 25. Pre-registration required by Ron Hull at 724-455-7524.
• Ambridge Sportsmen's Club, Beaver County, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 30 and 31 and April 1. Class limit 50. Pre-registration required by calling Vincent Florcik at 724-869-3949.
• Jeffrey Blood of Sewickley, inventor of the Blood Dot egg pattern for steelhead, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Tri-County Trout Club, which is set for 7:30 p.m. March 10 at Burrell Lake Park's Fisher Hall. He will do a PowerPoint presentation on steelhead fishing. Admission is free to members and those younger than 12; all others pay $3. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
• Tubmill Trout Club will hold a "Coyote Bash" coyote hunt from 12:01 a.m. March 19 to 8 p.m. March 21. Registration costs $10 and coyotes can be taken anywhere statewide. Check-in will be held at New Florence VFW Post 7622's pavilion. Contact Lin Gamble at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-235-9798.
• The Greensburg Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold its first annual banquet at 5 p.m. March 13 at Gianelli's II on Route 30 in Greensburg. For tickets or information, contact Steve Kowatch at 724-537-2618 or email@example.com .
• The Penn's Woods West Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding two events in the coming weeks. First, the club will hold its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. March 8 at Brentwood VFW Post 810. There will be fly tieing demonstrations and flies tied by chapter members for sale. The VFW Post 810 is located at 3801 Clairton Blvd. and Marlea Street near the McGinnis Sisters Market. The meeting is free and open to the public. Second, the club will hold a free fly fishing seminar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 20 at Saint Bede Activity Center, located at 509 S. Dallas Ave. in Point Breeze. Members of Trout Unlimited will be on hand to share their knowledge of fly fishing basics with beginners and with experienced anglers who are interested in brushing up on their fly fishing skills. Seminar topics will include selecting and assembling a fly outfit, basic knots, lines and leaders, flies and casting lessons. The seminar is open to the public; children are invited to attend. Lunch and refreshments will be served. Call Bob at 412-521-0714 for information.
• Penn's Woods West Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its 15th annual Cabin Fever trout fishing show March 7 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Pittsburgh's North Hills. Vendors will be offering fly and spin fishing tackle and gear, rod building materials, trout flies and fly-tying supplies, guide services and accommodations. Seminars will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. by George Daniel, a gold medal winner in both the individual and team categories at the 2009 U.S. National Fly Fishing tournament; at 10:30 by Dwight Landis, author of "Trout Streams of Pennsylvania, An Angler's Guide;" at noon by Tom Brtalik from Tom's Fly Fishing Service; and at 1:30 p.m. by Jeff Turner, who with his son fished 50 waters in 50 states in 50. Family Tyes will host free, hands-on introductory fly-tying classes, a fly-casting clinic and a fly-casting contest for kids ages 7 to 18 starting at 10 a.m. There will be a flea market, too. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7, though children younger than 12 are admitted free. For more information, call Doug Sherman at 412-370-4424 or Reineman at 412-999-8292.
• Trinity Lutheran Church in Butler will hold its ninth annual wild game dinner March 14. Doors open at 5 p.m. and Dave Dunbar of Critter Buster Game Calls will be the guest speaker. There is no charge to attend, but guests are asked to bring a dish to share. The event will be limited to the first 200 people. Call 724-287-1977.
• The Pittsburgh Chapter of Safari Club International will hold its two nights of banquets at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort March 26 and 27. On Friday will be a sporting clays shoot with Craig Boddington and the chapter's annual awards and exhibitors/outfitters dinner, where Boddington will be available to meet and sing his books and videos. Doors open at 4 p.m. and tickets are $60. Saturday will be a breakfast with Boddington, who will do a program called "Hunting the West," and later in the day the club's "North to Alaska" fundraising gala. Doors open at 4 p.m. and there will be live and silent auctions, raffles and drawings. Tickets are $110. Both events are open to the public. Call Gene Ciafre at 724-327-7200, Bob Thomas at 724-423-4559 or Mike Fetterolf at 412-227-3747.
• Fay-West Friends of NRA will hold its fundraising banquet March 5 at Lakeview Lounge in Greensburg. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner, live and silent auctions, special drawings and other games to follow. Tickets are $40 and sponsorship packages are available. For tickets, contact Doug Leichliter at 724-838-7650 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Brab Bardwell at 724-863-7495.
• Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited with hold its annual fundraising banquet at the American Legion on Ligonier Street in Latrobe on March 6. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at Loyalhanna Fishing Post, Ligonier Outfitters, The Angler's Room, or by contacting Paul Volkman at email@example.com or 724-529-8850. Deadline is March 1.
Shoots on tap
• 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. Call 724-423-6350.
• Kingston Veterans and Sportsmen's Club, located just off Route 217 in Latrobe, will hold a 3-D archery shoot March 14, with registration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration will take place at the clubhouse. Prizes will be awarded and their will be a Kingston Loyalty Shooter door prize. Refreshments will be available. Call 724-539-9303.
• Rochester Sportsmans Club, located on Route 989 behind Big Knob Fire Hall, will have a ham, meat and money shoot March 20, with registration starting at noon. Shells are provided. Call Ken at 724-495-9900 for information.
• Strictly Sticks Traditional Archers will hold a 3-D archer appreciation shoot March 21 at East Huntingdon Sportsmen's Club in Alverton for those shooting re-curves, longbows and stickbows. Bring an archery-related prize to put on the blanket, then claim a prize based on your score. Prize participation is not mandatory, though. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost to shoot is $8 for those 17 and older, $4 for those 12 to 16 and free to those 11 and younger. There will be a beginner's shooting stake at each target. Call 724-887-5404.
• Saltsburg Sportsmen's Club will hold a 3-D archery shoot March 7, with registration from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for youths and free to cubs. There will be McKenzie and Reinhart targets and awards in all classes. Refreshments will be available. Call 724-639-0360.
• Ellsworth Sportsmen's Club's trap range is open Fridays at 7 p.m. for league and practice shooting. The club itself opens at 6 p.m. on 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. The club's fall trap league begins Sept. 4 and all are welcome to join. Call 724-945-5275 or visit www.ellsworthsportsmen.webs.com .
• The Lawrence County Sportsman's Association's shotgun and .22 rifle ranges are open to the public Wednesdays starting at 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 724-562-1075.
• California Hill Gun Club holds NSCA registered shoots Sundays, with sign-ups starting at 9 a.m. Call the club at 724-938-3480 or Phil Difilippo at 724-263-5016.
• Pony Farm Sportsmen's Club 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. Visit 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. Call 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 trap practice at 10 a.m. Thursdays and 1 p.m. Saturdays. Big and small bore pistol pin shoots are held Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Call 724-872-4399.
• Shaner Sportsmen's Club holds trap practice every Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. The public is welcome. Beginner trap shoots open to shooters of all ages are held the third Thursday of every month. Call 724-494-6834.
• Shannock Valley Sportsmen's Club in Yatesboro holds trap practice every Thursday 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. Call 724-423-6090 after 2 p.m.
• Fort Hand Rifle Club 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. Call 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. Call 412-531-5043 or visit 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. Call 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. Call 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. Call 412-384-4747.
• East Huntingdon Sportsman's Club will begin holding trap practice at 7 p.m. March 1. The trap league begins March 18. The club's indoor archery league is holding practices at 7 p.m. Mondays. Club membership is not required to shoot. Call Doug or Amy at 724-887-4103. The club's indoor pistol range is open at 7 p.m. Mondays or by appointment for groups. Call 724-887-5404.
• White Oak Rod and Gun Club will hold a sporting clays and 5-stand shoot March 7, with registration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $25. The club also 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. Call 724-863-9941.
• Crowfoot Rod and Gun Club's trap range is open to the public from 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Call 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. Call 412-824-3790.
• McDonald Sportsmen's Association hosts trap and skeet practice from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays. The public is welcome. Call 724-796-2271 or visit www.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.
• U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 92 will present a four-session boating skills and seamanship class beginning March 15 at Rainbow Fire Hall on Route 48 in White Oak. Cost is $30. Register by calling 724-863-8868 or 412-678-4313.
The Fish and Boat Commission has kicked off its spring trout stocking program in preparation for opening day April 17. Here are the waters to get fish in some counties, for the week of March 1 to 7. Listed is the water to be stocked, the kind of fish it is to receive, and the time, date and meeting location for the stocking truck. Note that the commission only announces the week of some stockings.
Allegheny: Big Sewickley Creek, browns and rainbows, 12:30 p.m. March 1, exit 22 (Wexford exit), Route 79; Deer Creek, sections 2, 3 and 4, browns and rainbows, and Pine Creek, section 5, browns and rainbows, 1 p.m. March 3, Natrona Heights exit, Route 28; and Bull Creek, sections 2, 3 and 4, browns and rainbows, 1 p.m. March 4, Natrona Heights exit, Route 28.
Beaver: Big Sewickley Creek, browns and rainbows, and North Fork Big Sewickley Creek, browns and rainbows, 12:30 p.m. March 1, exit 22 (Wexford exit), Route 79; and North Fork Little Beaver Creek, browns and rainbows, 1:30 p.m. March 2, Darlington Post Office, Route 551.
Bedford: Yellow Creek, section 5, browns and rainbows, 9:15 a.m. March 1, New Frontier Restaurant, Loysburg, Route 36; Raystown Branch Juniata River, browns and rainbows, 9:15 a.m. March 2, Colvin boat launch; Cove Creek, browns and rainbows, 9:15 a.m. March 3, Lower Landmark Restaurant, Route 30, Bedford; and Gladdens Run, browns and rainbows, and Little Wills Creek, browns and rainbows, 9:30 a.m. March 4, Hyndman Post Office, Route 96.
Butler: North Branch Slippery Rock Creek, brooks and browns, 10:30 a.m. March 3, West Sunbury, intersection of routes 308 and 138; and Thorn Creek, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. March 5, Lake Oneida, first bridge downstream of the dam, on Hoon Road.
Cambria: Chest Creek, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. March 4, PennDOT shed just outside of Patton, Route 36.
Fayette: Meadow Run, section 6, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. March 2, Ohiopyle, Route 381.
Greene: Browns Creek, browns and rainbows, noon March 3, Amity ballfield, west of Route 19 on Route 2020.
Lawrence: Little Neshannock Creek, browns and rainbows, 10:15 a.m. March 2, intersection of Route 62 and I-79; Slippery Rock Creek, section 3, browns and rainbows, and Taylor Run, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. March 4, intersection of routes 19 and 108; and Neshanock Creek, sections 2, 3 and 4, browns and rainbows, noon March 6, bridge at Volant.
Somerset: Clear Shade Creek, brooks, 9:15 a.m. March 1, Frosty Corner ice cream stand, one mile south of Route 56; Gladdens Run, browns and rainbows, 9:30 a.m. March 4, Hyndman Post Office, Route 96; and Laurel Hill Creek, sections 3 and 6, browns and rainbows, 10:15 a.m. March 6, CoGo's, Route 31, Bakersville.
Washington: Pike Run, sections 2, 3 and 4, browns and rainbows, 1:30 p.m. March 2, toll booth area of Route 43, off I-70; and Tenmile Creek, browns and rainbows, noon March 3, Amith ballfield, west of Route 19 on Route 2020.
Westmoreland: Hannas Run, rainbows, and Mill Creek, rainbows, 1 p.m. March 4, Loyalhanna Watershed Association office, Old Route 30; Ligonier.