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Notices from the outdoors

| Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010

A listing of notices for outdoor activities around the region.

Rifle/Trap leagues

• Kiski (6-4) made a strong bid for an upset in Allegheny Valley Rifle League action last week, but fell just short of beating Murrysville (9-0), falling 1174-1171.

Kittanning (8-1) easily beat Tarentum (2-7), 1177-1101, while Fort Hand (1-8) picked up its first win of the year by edging Crowfoot (2-8), 1164-1160.

In the B-team standings, Kiski stands alone atop the standings at 8-2, followed by Murrysville and Kittanning, both at 7-2, Crowfoot at 5-5, Tarentum at 1-8 and Fort Hand at 0-9.

Sherwin McConnell of Kittanning posted the week's high score, a 299. Sarah Elzer of Murrysville was high female with a 296, Bob King of Kiski was high senior with a 292 and Matt Smith of Kiski was high junior with a 288.

• Murrysville (7-0) remained unbeaten in the Pittsburgh and Suburban Rifle League by beating Green Valley (4-4) 1483-1459 in recent action. Dormont-Mt. Lebanon (5-3) was also a winner, downing Clymer (2-6) 1475-1437.

Frazier-Simplex (7-0) had the bye, while the match between Irwin Post 228 and Allegheny was postponed.

Ray Harvey of Murrysville and Dean Trew of Dormont-Mt. Lebanon shared the high score for the week with matching 298s. Ethan Marne of Murrysville was high junior with a 297, Amy Smith of Dormont-Mt. Lebanon was high lady with a 297 and Cal Roberts of Green Valley was high senior with a 296.

Hunter safety courses

• Gander Mountain, Cambria County, 1 to 6 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7. Class limit 25. Pre-registration required by calling the store at 814-266-1777.

• Bobtown Rod and Gun Club, Greene County, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6 and 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 7. Lunch provided Saturday. Call 724-839-7460 for information.

• Gilpin Rifles Inc., Armstrong County, 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 19 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20. Lunch provided; class limit 25. Pre-registration required by calling Ralph Varrato at 724-845-7979.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.


• Family Tyes will conduct beginner's and intermediate fly tying and fly fishing classes from 7:15 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays from Feb. 3 through April 29 at Baldwin Whitehall School District's Harrison Middle School. It's located at 129 Windvale Dr. in Pittsburgh. Cost of the class is $20 and includes the student and all family members. Membership in Family Tyes is required for participation in classes and any of the fishing trips sponsored by Family Tyes during these sessions. Registration will be held on the first night of class. Tool kits and materials kits will be available for sale. Call Jeff Allison at 412-780-3787.

• Award-winning outdoor writers and photographers Linda and Bob Steiner who will give a presentation on how to take better outdoor photographs at the next meeting of the Penn's Woods West Chapter of Trout Unlimited, which is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at Brentwood VFW Post 810. The VFW is located at 3801 Clairton Boulevard (Route 51) and Marlea Street near the McGinnis Sisters Market. The meeting is free and open to the public.

• The S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie, in cooperation with the Fish and Boat Commission and Bureau of State Parks, will host an ice fishing clinic Feb. 13 at the Rotary Pavilion near the Waterworks pond on Presque Isle. Equipment will be provided for those who need it. For information on times and other details, contact the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie at 814-453-2270 or .

• Dunbar Sportsmen's Club will hold fly tying classes in beginner, novice and advanced categories at the clubhouse beginning Feb. 1. Call John Maddas at 724-277-4258.

• Fairbanks Rod and Gun Club will hold its annual Popsicle Chukar Challenge starting at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 6 at the club. Cost is $75 per team — two hunters and one dog — and includes coffee and donuts and a light lunch. Each team gets 12 shells and 30 minutes to hunt six birds. Ribbons will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams. For information or to register, call Robert Valente at 724-246-9828.

• South Buffalo Sportsmen Club will hold its annual horn scoring function from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 6 at the clubhouse, located in Freeport. Cost is $15, which includes food and beverages and familes are welcome. For details or directions call Joe at 724-295-2262 or Todd at 724-226-1497.

• International Angler will hold free fly tying demonstrations by some of the area's best and most well known tiers from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Tiers and their topics include: Jeff Blood, the blood dot and other steelhead flies, Jan. 30; Dave Schmezzer, a new caddis pattern of his own design, Feb. 6; Bruce Cox, tying micro flies, Feb. 13; Scott Loughner, flies for smallmouth bass; Gordon Chesney, classic wet flies, Feb. 27; and Franklyn Gorell, saltwater flies, March 6. International Angler is located at 5275 Steubenville Pike in Pittsburgh. Call 412-288-8088 or visit .

• Northeast Big Buck Club, a nonprofit trophy records organization, will have official measurers on hand to score white-tailed deer antlers from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Greensburg Gander Mountain. Racks will be scored for free, with entry into the Northeast Big Buck Club record book optional. For information about the event, call Nick Pinizzotto at 724-787-6522. For information about the Northeast Big Buck Club, visit .

• A free "Youth and Family Outdoors Show" will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 6 at Twin Lakes Park's activity center. Displays, activities and booths featuring local sportsmen's clubs, the Pennsylvania Game and Fish and Boat commissions, Bureau of State Parks, hunting dog groups, kayaking groups, a snake expert, the Pennsylvania Trappers Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, and the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs will be a part of the event. There will be a rod building demonstration, as well. Youngsters who attend can win a .50 caliber flintlock, a set of Game Commission videos and other prizes.

• The Western Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold its 19th annual sportsmen's banquet Feb. 5 at Four Points Sheraton in Greensburg. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a reception, with dinner at 7:30. The event will feature live and silent auctions, games, drawings, door prizes and more. Individual membership and dinner tickets are $55; family membership packages and sponsor packages are available, too. For information or tickets, contact Lisa Rossi at 724-693-9032 or .

• The Pennsylvania Steelhead Association will host a steelhead fishing seminar at 10 a.m. Feb. 6 at South Hills Assembly, 2725 Bethel Church Road in Bethel Park. Scheduled speakers are Jim Jankovic, a steelhead guide who will discuss spin-fishing techniques and rigging, Adam Norris, who will cover fly-fishing techniques, and Chuck Murray, a Fish and Boat Commission biologist who will discuss Lake Erie stocking programs and its history for steelhead, brown trout and lake trout. There will be information on center pin fishing, too. For information, visit .

• Tubmill Trout Club will hold its "big dog" coyote hunt Jan. 28 to 31. Cost is $20 and all registered hunters who bag a coyote will share in the prize money. Visit for details.

• Cresson Community Sportsmans Association will hold a coyote and fox hunt Feb. 12 to 14. Seminars on predator hunting will be offered Jan. 16 and Feb. 6, too. For details, visit .

• Mosquito Creek Sportsmen's Association will hold its annual coyote hunt Feb. 19 to 21. For information, visit or call 814-263-4510 or 814-263-7217. The St. Marys Sportsmen's Club ( ) and Sigel Sportsmen's Club ( ) will hold hunts on those same days.

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.

• Lloydville Sportsmen will host a 3-D archery shoot Feb 28, with registration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $9 for adults and $3 for those 11 and younger. Food and drinks will be available. Call 724 537-3281.

• The Allegheny Northwoods Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold a sporting clays fun shoot at the Sandy Creek Conservancy, 688 Polk Cutoff in Franklin, Feb. 20. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., with shooting beginning at 9. Registration is $50 per shooter and includes 100 birds and lunch. Shooters will also receive, for every 10 broken targets, one free ticket on a Weatherby PA-08 Upland 12 gauge slide-action shotgun. Targets can also be registered (Lewis Class) with the National Sporting Clays Association for an additional $5. For information or registration, call 814-437-1290.

• Kingston Veterans and Sportsmen's Club, located just off Route 217 in Latrobe, will hold a 3-D archery shoot Feb. 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.

• Buffalo Valley Sportsmen's Club in Worthington will hold a 3-D archery shoot today, with registration until 2 p.m. Crossbows are welcome. Cost is $8 for those 12 and older and free to those 11 and younger. For directions or information, call 724-297-3662 or 724-545-9889.

• Strictly Sticks Traditional Archers will hold a 3-D blanket shoot Feb. 21 at East Huntingdon Sportsmen's Club in Alverton for those shooting recurves, 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 Feb. 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 .

• 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 .

• 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 .

• 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'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 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 .

• 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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