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| Saturday, March 9, 2013, 4:06 p.m.

Outdoors notices

Rifle/Trap leagues

• Frazier-Simplex (13-0) all but locked up the Pittsburgh and Suburban Rifle League championship by beating Dormont-Mt. Lebanon (12-3) for the third time this season. The final score was 1,481-1,476.

Murrysville (5-9), meanwhile, climbed into a three-way tie for third place by beating Clymer (5-9) 1,460-1,420. Green Valley (4-10) also beat Irwin Post 228 (5-9), 1,458-1,438.

Tom Garner of Dormont-Mt. Lebanon fired a 298 to post the week's top score. Sylvia Dreistadt of Frazier-Simplex was high junior and high lady with a 297, while Cal Roberts of Green Valley and Jim Mounts were high seniors with 294s.

• Kiski (10-8) beat Butler (9-9), 1,178-1,167, to take over sole possession of second place in the Allegheny Valley Rifle League A-team standings. Murrysville (16-2), meanwhile, continued to roll, beating Fort Hand (1-17), 1,182-1,169.

In the B-team standings, Murrysville is on top at 16-2, followed by Butler (11-7), Kiski (9-9) and Fort Hand (0-18).

Wes Robinson of Murrysville fired a 297 to post the week's top score. Matt Smith of Kiski was high junior with a 296, Jim Spelock of Kiski was high senior with a 295, and Cassidy Fairman of Murrysville was high female with a 295.

Hunter safety courses

Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at

• Springdale District Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 16. Class limit 40.

• Mount Pleasant Armory, Westmoreland County, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 16. Class limit 60.

• Burnt Ridge Bow and Gun Club, Armstrong County, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 16. Class limit 50.

• North Butler Hunting and Fishing Club, Butler County, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 23.

• Southside Sportsmen's Club, Beaver County, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 23. Class limit 40.

• Indian Creek Valley Sportsmen's Association, Fayette County, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 23. Class limit 50.

• Irwin Sportsmen's Association, Westmoreland County, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 23. Class limit 40.

• Wilmore Sportsmen's Club, Cambria County, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 23. Class limit 25.

• Emeigh Sportsmen's Club, Cambria County, noon-7 p.m. March 23. Class limit 40.

• West View Sportsmen's Club, Butler County, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 23.

• Montgomery Township Rod and Gun Club, Indiana County, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 23. Class limit 40.

• Gander Mountain – Richland, Cambria County, noon-6 p.m. March 23. Class limit 25.

• Clairton Sportsmen's Club, Allegheny County, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 23. Class limit 80.

• Monroeville Public Safety Training Center, Allegheny County, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 24. Class limit 50.

• Youngwood Sportsmen's Club, Westmoreland County, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 6. Class limit 45.

• Bear Rocks Sportsmen's Club, Cambria County, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 6. Class limit 50.

• South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club, Fayette County, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 6. Class limit 65.

• Fairhope Rod and Gun Club, Fayette County, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 6. Class limit 50.

• Marion Center Park Hall, Indiana County, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 6. Class limit 45.

• Rostraver Sportsmen's Association, Westmoreland County, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 7. Class limit 35.

• McDonald Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 20. Class limit 80.

• Millvale Sportsmen's Club, Allegheny County, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 20. Class limit 70.

• Ambridge Sportsman's Club, Beaver County, 5:30-8:45 p.m. April 22 and 23. Class limit 40.

• Lancaster Township Community Center, Butler County, 6-9:30 p.m. April 24 and 25.

• Monroeville Public Safety Training Center, Allegheny County, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 27. Class limit 50.


• David Zablocki will talk about fishing for the “Cutt Slam,” Wyoming's sour species of cutthroat trout, at the next meeting of the Tri-County Trout Club. It's set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Burrell Lake Park's Fisher Hall. Admission is free to members and those younger than 12; all others pay $3. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

• Allegheny Northwoods Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold a fundraising banquet March 16 at Sandy Creek Fire Hall at 624 Congress Hill Road in Franklin. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:30. Tickets are $50 per person, though spouse and sponsor packages are available. Youngsters under the age of 16 who recently took and passed a hunter education course and/or women who have participated in a recent Outdoors Women program get in for free. For tickets, call 814-226-5574 or email

• The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold a basic boating and water safety awareness class from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 24 at the Sarah Heinz House in Pittsburgh. The class includes classroom work as well as time spent in the pool. Bring lunch and a bathing suit. Preregistration is required by calling 412-231-2377, ext. 22 or email

• Pittsburgh Chapter of Safari Club International will hold its annual awards presentation and outfitter dinner and fundraising gala April 5-6 at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. The first day will feature exhibitors and awards; the second games, auctions, raffles, drawings and more. For tickets or information visit

• International Angler Fly Shop will present the 2013 Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Oaks Theater, at 310 Allegheny River Blvd., on Sunday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show starting at 7. Trailers for the films to be shown can be seen at Proceeds benefit Casting for recovery, a program that helps cancer survivors learn to fish. Tickets are $12 and are available in advance from the fly shop, 5275 Steubenville Pike, Pittsburgh. Call 412-788-8088.

• The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold a basic boating safety class from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 23 at Gander Mountain in Washington. The class is free, but preregistration is required by calling 724-229-9800 or visiting the store. Successful students will be eligible for a boating safety certificate.

Shoots on tap

• Kingston Veterans and Sportsmen's Club, 138 Kingston Club Road, Latrobe, will hold a 3-D archery shoot Sunday with registration from 8 a.m.-noon at the clubhouse. Call 724-539-9303.

• Strictly Sticks Traditional Archers will hold a 3-D archer appreciation day shoot for recurves, longbows and selfbows on March 17 at East Huntingdon Sportsmen's Club in East Huntingdon, with registration from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $10 for ages 17 and older, $5 for ages 12-16 and free for 11 and younger. All shooters get a free buffet lunch. Novice shooters may shoot from a comfortable distance. Call 724-887-5404.

• Saltsburg Sportsmen's Club will hold a 3-D archery shoot on April 7, with registration from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost is $5 for youths and $10 for adults. Cubs shoot for free. Call 724-639-0360.

• Millvale Sportsman's Club, 170 Sunny Hill Road, Wexford, hosts trap shoots from 6-10 p.m. Wednesdays and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, skeet shoots from 6-10 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays and five-stand from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays. For information, call 724-935-9963 or visit

• South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club holds trap shooting every Monday starting at 5 p.m. The public is welcome.

• Ellsworth Sportsmen's trap range is open Fridays for league and practice shooting. The club opens at 7 p.m. on Fridays, with food and drinks available for purchase. Shooting starts at dusk. The public is welcome to use the lighted range; cost is $5 per round and $4 per round for practice. Call 724-945-5275 or visit

• 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.-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 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. 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 5-8 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 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays and trap practice at 10 a.m. Thursdays and 1 p.m. Saturdays. Call 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 5-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday. The public is welcome. Call 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. 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 a.m.; outdoor pistol, NMC and MPRL shoots at 6 p.m. Mondays; five-stand shoots are held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. the first and third Sundays of the month; trap shoots are held from 7-10 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 3:30-4:30 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 five-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.-2 p.m. Sundays and 6-10:30 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 4-9 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays. The trap ranges are open 4:30-9 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 in Alverton hosts trap practice Mondays at 7 p.m. Cost is $3 for a round of 25 birds. The public is welcome. The club also is holding an indoor archery league, with shoots Monday nights. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with shooting starting at 7. 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 9-11 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month. There are indoor 3-D archery shoots from 6-9 p.m. every Thursday. Cost is $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 12-16, and free for ages 11 and younger and 65 and older. Skeet and five-stand shoots are held from 7-9 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 in Murrysville opens its trap range to the public from 7-11 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 7-10 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.-noon Tuesdays, 5-10 p.m. Wednesdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. The trap league and practice is 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.

Trout stockings

The Fish and Boat Commission has kicked off its spring trout stocking program. Here are waters getting fish, in some counties, for March 11-17. Listed is the water to be stocked, the kind of fish it is to receive, the time, date and meeting location for the stocking truck, or, in cases, only the week of the stocking.

• Beaver: Bradys Run Lake, rainbows, noon Monday, Bradys Run Lake park office, Route 51;

• Bedford: Evitts Creek, browns and rainbows, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jackie's Country Store, Route 220, Centerville.

• Butler: Bonnie Brook, browns and rainbows, and Little Connoquenessing Creek, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Friday, Lake Oneida, first bridge downstream of the dam, on Hoon Road.

• Clarion: Leatherwood Creek, brooks, browns and rainbows, and Piney Creek, sections 2, 3 and 4, brooks, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, the south side of old exit 10, I-80.

• Fayette: Dunbar Creek, section 2, brooks, 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Franklin Memorial United Methodist Church, Route 1053.

• Greene: Dunkard Fork, browns and rainbows, North Fork Dunkard Fork, sections 2 and 3, browns and rainbows, and South Fork Dunkard Fork, browns and rainbows, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ryerson Station State Park office.

• Indiana: Canoe Creek, brooks and browns, 11 a.m. Thursday, Big Run Post Office, Route 119.

• Lawrence: Honey Creek, browns and rainbows, and North Fork Little Beaver Creek, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Bessemer Lake, Route 317.

• Somerset: Kooser Lake, rainbows, and Kooser Run, sections 2 and 3, brooks, 10:15 a.m. Tuesday in the Kooser State Park parking lot; Laurel Hill Creek, section 2, browns and rainbows, and Shaffer Run, brooks and browns, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, CoGo's, Route 31, Bakersville; Glade Run, brooks and browns, Whites Creek, brooks and browns, and McClintock Run, brooks and browns, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Great Allegheny Passage parking lot in Fort Hill, Route 3001; Breastwork Run, brooks, Raystown Branch Juniata River, brooks, and Kimberly Run, brooks and browns, 9:30 a.m. Friday, New Baltimore Volunteer Fire Co.

• Washington: Dutch Fork, sections 2 and 3, browns and rainbows, and Mingo Creek, browns and rainbows, 1:15 p.m. Monday, entrance to the truck stop at exit 6 of I-70; Canonsburg Lake, rainbows, 1 p.m. Wednesday, the township road that crosses the lake off Route 19.

• Westmoreland: Indian Creek, section 2, brooks and browns, Sewickley Creek, browns and rainbows, and Indian Lake, rainbows, 12:15 p.m. Monday, Indian Lake; Upper Twin Lake, rainbows, and Lower Twin Lake, rainbows, 11:30 a.m. Friday, at the lower lake.

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