Notices from the outdoors
By Bob Frye
Published: Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009,
Hunter safety courses
• Beaver Valley Sportsmen's Club, Beaver County, 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14, 15 and 16. Class limit 50. Pre-registration required by George Sullivan or Michael Szatkewicz at 724-775-3563 or 724-728-5235.
• Scullton Rod & Gun Club, Somerset County, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 15 and 17 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19. Lunch provided; class limit 35. Pre-registration required by calling Rich Stoner at 814-926-2465.
• Indian Creek Valley Sportsmen's Association, Fayette County, 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 18 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 19. Lunch provided; class limit 50. Pre-registration required by calling Tim Coffman or Ed Bukovac at 724-455-4589 or 724-455-3897.
• Carrick Sportsmen's Club, Allegheny County, 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 18 and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Class limit 60. Pre-registration required on-line at www.pgc.state.pa.us .
• Logan's Ferry Sportsmen's Club, Allegheny County, 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 18 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19. Class limit 40. Pre-registration required by calling Mike Papinchak or Dan Krohe at 724-327-0461 or 412-795-1022.
• Collier Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20. Lunch provided; class limit 50. Pre-registration required by calling the club or Jim Kochin at 412-276-9628 or 412-279-4174.
• Monroeville Municipal Building, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20. Lunch provided; class limit 65. Pre-registration required by calling John Trkula or Sam Garofolo at 412-856-3369 or 412-856-3311.
• Jefferson Fire Hall, Greene County, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Lunch provided the first day; class limit 50. Pre-registration required by calling the fire hall at 724-883-3901.
• Freeport Sportsmen's Club, Armstrong County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 and 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 20. Lunch provided for $4; class limit 50. Pre-registration required by calling Bob Raszkowski or Tom Lukasik at 724-294-3005 or 724-882-3780.
• White Oak Rod & Gun Club, Westmoreland County, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and 5 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 21 and 22. Class limit 50. Pre-registration required by calling Dennis Marcelli at 724-523-5551.
• Midland Sportsmen's Club, Beaver County, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 25 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26. Class limit 60. Pre-registration required by calling George Sullivan at 724-775-3563.
• Twin Lakes Park Activity Center, Westmoreland County, 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26. Class limit 60. Pre-registration required by calling Patty Hovanec at 724-834-2400.
• Richland Sportsmen's Club, Allegheny County, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 25 and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26. Class limit 50. Pre-registration required by Stephen Zang or Dave Mills at 724-443-9094 or 724-494-1669.
• Shelocta Sportsmen's Club, Indiana County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27. Lunch provided; class limit 50. Pre-registration required by calling Paul Swales or Larry Konieczny at 724-354-2635 or 724-354-3910.
• Apollo-Spring Church Sportsmen's Club, Armstrong County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27. Class limit 150. Pre-registration required by calling Marvin Geer or Joel Brown at 724-478-1248 or 724-826-0026.
• Richland Sportsmen's Club, Allegheny County, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Class limit 50. Pre-registration required by calling Stephen Zang or Dave Mills at 724-443-9094 or 724-494-1669
• McKeesport Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27. Class limit 80. Pre-registration required by calling Jim Brandon at 412-829-1966.
• Burgettstown VFD Youth Center, Washington County, 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 30 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3. Lunch provided; class limit 40. Pre-registration required by calling Walt Sarafin at 724-926-3640.
• Murrysville Gun Club, Westmoreland County, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4. Class limit 50. Pre-registration required by calling Jim Pees or Dale Emerick at 724-325-2543 or 412-580-1642.
• Gander Mountain, Cambria County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 and 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 11. Class limit 25. Pre-registration required by calling Gander Mountain at 814-266-1777.
• Logan's Ferry Sportsmen's Club, Allegheny County, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18. Class limit 40. Pre-registration required by calling Mike Papinchak or Dan Krohe at 724-327-0461 or 412-795-1022.
• Apollo-Spring Church Sportsmen's Inc., Armstrong County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25. Lunch provided; class limit 150. Pre-registration required by calling Marvin Geer or Joel Brown at 724-478-1248 or 724-826-0026.
Cable restraint classes
• Armstrong County Hunting and Fishing Club, Armstrong County, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Class limit 50. Cost is $15. Pre-registration required by calling Darrell Bowers at 724-894-0094.
• Daisytown Sportsmen's Club, Cambria County, 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 27. Class limit 50. Cost is $15. Pre-registration required by calling Darrell Bowers at 724-894-0094.
• Jim Dibiase and Ernie Pribanic from Laurel Highlands Guide Services will give a presentation called "The Youghiogheny - A Western River Right Down the Street" at the next meeting of the Penns Woods West Chapter of Trout Unlimited at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Brentwood VFW Post 1810. The presentation cover the fish that live in the Yough and when, where and how to catch them. VFW Post 1810 is located at 3801 Clairton Blvd., at Marlea Street near McGinnis Sisters Market. The meeting is free and open to the public.
• The Forbes Trail Chapter of Ducks Unlimited has switched the date of its fundraising banquet from Sept. 17 to Nov. 12. It will be held at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon starting at 5:30 p.m. Call Angela at 724-863-3001 for more information.
• The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Safari Club will hold a sporting clays shoot Nov. 1 at Nemacolin Woodlands. For information, visit www.safariclubpittsburgh.org .
• California University's student chapter of The Wildlife Society will host a "Family Field Day" from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Frich Biology Building, beside Old Main on the University campus. The event is free and open to the public and will include an archery demonstration, a fly-tying demo and casting contest, a live reptile and amphibian display, "All About Birds," an animal track identification contest, displays of Pennsylvania fur-bearers and blue bird box construction. Contact Mark Lazaran at email@example.com for information.
Shoots on tap
• The Sportsmen's Association of Greensburg will hold a 3-D archery shoot Sept. 20, with registration from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be 30 targets, refreshments, and prizes awarded. The course is ATV accessible for the handicapped. The club also 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.
• Rochester Sportsman's Club will hold a 3-D archery shoot Sept. 20, with registration from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and free to those 11 and younger. The club is located on Route 989, behind Big Knob Fire Hall. Call 724-775-4244 the day of the shoot for information.
• The Bonasa Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold a 100-bird sporting clays shoot Sept. 27 at the Firebird Wingshooting Club in Brookville. Registration starts at 9 a.m., with shooting to follow at 10. Cost is $50 per shooter and includes lunch, prizes and awards in several categories. There will also be optional Lewis class, senior class and side-by-side shoots for $5. Contact Tom Noble at 814-590-9431 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
• 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.
• Irwin Sportsmen's Association will hold a revolver and semiautomatic smallbore and centerfire action pistol shoot at the club Sept. 17. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Call Jim at 724-863-1967.
• Kingston Veteran's and Sportsmen's Club in Latrobe will hold its 3-D archery appreciation shoot today, with registration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the clubhouse. Prizes will be awarded. New this year, there will be a loyalty shooter door prize, too. The club is located off Route 217, one half mile north of Route 30. Call 724-539-9303.
• Indiana County Bow and Gun Club will hold an outdoor 3-D shoot today, with registration from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The maximum distance to any target will be about 50 yards, and there will be a 50/50 raffle. Contact Todd Segner at 412-482-0510 or email@example.com for information or directions.
• 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 practice every Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. All shooters and the public are welcome to participate. Instruction is available. Skeet shooting continues from 5-10 p.m. Tuesdays all year.
• Rostraver Sportsmen and Conservation Association will hold a 3-D archery shoot Sept. 20, with registration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for youths and free to cubs. There will be competition in five classes, pro, hunter, traditional, youth and cub. The club also 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. and a .22 rifle shoots will be held at 1 p.m. July 5. 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 will hold a 3-D archery shoot Sept. 27, with registration from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments will be available. The club also 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 5-8:30 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; an October pistol silhouette shoot will be held at 9 a.m. the fourth Saturday. Call 412-531-5043 or visit www.mdi.net/dml .
• Roscoe Sportsmen's Association's youth trap league shoots are held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. The adult league shoots from 7-9 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 will hold a 40-target 3-D archery shoot today, with registration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for youths, and free to cubs. The club also 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 holds trap practice Mondays at 7 p.m. USPSA pistol league shoots are held, as are indoor archery league shoots. 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 five-stand shoot today, with registration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $25. The club holds a youth shotgun program at 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 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, will hold a 40-target 3-D archery shoot today, with registration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $9 for adults, $4 for children. An all-you-can-eat breakfast is available from 7 to 10 a.m., and lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call John McArdle at 412-673-1028 or the club at 412-829-2386. The club also 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 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.
The Fish and Boat Commission stocked the following waters recently:
Aug. 14: Allegheny River, section 20, lock and dam 3 to 4, 2,200 musky fingerlings; Allegheny River, section 21, lock and dam 2 to 3, 1,900 musky fingerlings; Yough River, section 6, Connellsville dam to mouth, 1,900 musky fingerlings.
Aug. 19: Allegheny River, section 21, lock and dam 2 to 3, 730 paddlefish.
Aug. 20: Allegheny River, section 21, lock and dam 2 to 3, 916 paddlefish.
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