Outdoor notices: April 13
• In week-one action in the Twi-Night Trap League, Ruffs Dale Gun Club took first place to get five points in the standings. It's followed by Connellsville in second place with four points, Youngwood in third with three, Hecla in fourth with two and East Huntingdon in fifth with one.
Six shooters recorded perfect scores of 25. They were Glenn Coleman, Bill Petras and Myron Reach from Ruffs Dale Gun Club, Ryan Fullman from Hecla Sportsmen's Club and Don Mahokey and Jim Nagy from Connellsville Sportsmen's Club.
Hunter safety courses
Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at www.pgc.state.pa.us.
• McDonald Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 20. Class limit 80.
• Gander Mountain – Richland, Cambria County, noon-6 p.m. April 20. Class limit 25.
• 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 22-23. Class limit 40.
• Lancaster Township Community Center, Butler County, 6-9:30 p.m. April 24-25.
• Monroeville Public Safety Training Center, Allegheny County, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 27. Class limit 50.
• Wilderness Wildlife Museum, Westmoreland County, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 11. Class limit 15.
• C& Y Sportsmen's Club, Indiana County, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. May 18. Class limit 50.
• Heilwood Sportsmen's Club, Indiana County, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 18. Class limit 60.
• Barr Township Rod and Gun Club, Cambria County, noon-7 p.m. May 19. Class limit 30.
• Heritage House, Jefferson County, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 29.
• Sigel Sportsmen's Club, Jefferson County, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 10.
• Warsaw Sportsmen's Club, Jefferson County, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 7.
• Brockway Sportsmen's Club, Jefferson County, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21.
• Jefferson County fairgrounds, Jefferson County, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 27.
• Tubmill Trout Club is again holding its “Top Tom” spring gobbler hunting contest. Birds can be taken anywhere in the state, but registration is required before Friday for youth hunters and by April 26 for adults. Prizes will be awarded for the best birds based on a combination of beard and spur length. Every successful hunter will be entered in a gun drawing, too. Contact Lindon Gamble at 724-235-9798 or visit www.tubmilltroutclub.org.
• The Laurel Highlands Trout Trail Rendezvous is set for 2-6 p.m. April 20 at Hidden Valley Resort's Alpine Lodge. The event will include appetizers and desserts, a fly casting clinic and photo tour of Trout Trail streams, plus cooking demonstrations. Leo Vensel, a Federation of Fly Fishers certified casting instructor and Team USA Fly Fishing finalist, will be the featured speaker. Cost to attend is $25 per person. For tickets, email office@LHHC.org or call 724-879-4241.
• Jennings Environmental Education Center and Paddle Without Pollution will host a cleanup of Slippery Rock Creek starting at 9 a.m. on April 27. The work will take place between Camp Crestfield to Studebaker Road. Participants are being recruited to pick up trash from a canoe or kayak, paddling six miles from Camp Crestfield to the takeout at Studebaker, near Harlansburg Road, or along shore. Participants will meet at Jennings Environmental Education Center and shuttle to the launch site. Lunch and snacks and shuttle services will be provided. There will be a limited number of kayaks and canoes available for use or you can bring your own. Register at www.paddlewithoutpollution.com/events.
• California University of Pennsylvania and community partners will hold the 18th annual Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 20 at Rotary Park, located off Route 88 (Third Street) in California. The free event is open to boys and girls ages 15 and younger. A parent, guardian or other responsible adult must accompany children ages 12 and younger. Participants can bring their own fishing gear or borrow some on site. The festival committee will stock the stream with nearly 500 rainbow, brook, brown and golden trout, some as long as 24 inches. There will be entertainment, games, raffles, fishing contests, trophies for the heaviest fish, and food. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Call 724-938-4211 for information.
Shoots on tap
• Kingston Veterans and Sportsmen's Club, 138 Kingston Club Road, Latrobe, will hold a 3-D archery shoot Aug. 11, with registration from 8 a.m.-noon at the clubhouse. Youths and cubs shoot free on this day. Call 724-539-9303.
• Sportsmen's Association of Greensburg will kick off its high-power rifle league season with a 50-shot, across the course match on April 21. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with shooting starting at 9 a.m. Cost is $5 for juniors, $15 for others. Call Tom Sitler at 724-433-7639.
• Saltsburg Sportsmen's Club will hold a 3-D archery shoot on May 5, with registration from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost is $5 for youths and $10 for adults. Cubs and women shoot for free this day. Call 724-639-0360.
• The Wildlife For Everyone Endowment Foundation will hold its annual 100-round sporting clays classic May 31 at Seven Springs Resort, with registration starting at 9 a.m. Shooting games, including two-man flush and 15-bird, five-stand competitions, start at 10 a.m., with the main event beginning at 11 a.m. Dinner, awards, an auction and raffle will be held at 2:30 p.m. Cost is $125 per shooter, with sponsor packages and dinner-only tickets also available. Registration forms are available at www.wildlifeforeveryone.org or by calling 814-238-8138.
• 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 millvalesportsmens.com.
• 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 www.ellsworthsportsmen.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.-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 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 5-8 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; 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 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 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 p.m. 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 to those 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 www.mcdonaldsportsmen.com.
• 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.
The Fish and Boat Commission has kicked off its spring trout stocking program. Here are waters getting fish, in some counties, for the week of April 15-21. 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.
• Allegheny: Bull Creek, sections 2 and 4, browns and rainbows, week of April 15; Big Sewickley Creek, browns and rainbows, and Montour Run, browns and rainbows, 12:45 p.m. Monday, exit 22, Wexford, I-79; Pine Creek, sections 2, 4, 5 and 7, browns and rainbows, 1 p.m. Monday, North Park Lake boathouse; North Park Lake, rainbows, 1 p.m. April 20, North Park Lake boathouse.
• Armstrong: Cownashannock Creek, brooks and browns, week of April 15; Cherry Run, section 3, brooks and browns, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Keystone Bait and Tackle, Route 210, Elderton.
• Beaver: North Fork Little Beaver Creek, browns and rainbows, week of April 15; Big Sewickley Creek, browns and rainbows, and North Fork Big Sewickley Creek, browns and rainbows, 12:45 p.m. Monday, exit 22, Wexford, of I-79; Brush Creek Park Pond, rainbows, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Darlington Post Office, Route 551; Brady's Run Lake, rainbows, and South Branch Brady's Run, browns and rainbows, 1 p.m. April 20, Brady's Run Park office, Route 51.
• Bedford: Evitts Creek, browns and rainbows, and Koon Lake, rainbows, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jackie's Country Store, Route 220, Centerville; Clear Creek, section 4, browns and rainbows, and Shobers Run, browns and rainbows, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Lower Landmark Restaurant, Route 30, Bedford.
• Butler: Connoquenessing Creek, browns and rainbows, and Little Connoequenessing Creek, browns and rainbows, week of April 15.
• Cambria: North Branch Little Conemaugh River, browns and rainbows, week of April 15; Bens Creek, brooks and browns, Noels Creek, brooks and browns, and Howells Run, browns and rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Monday, Keystone Restaurant, off Route 22 west; Chest Creek, section 2, brooks, and section 3, browns and rainbows, 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, PennDOT shed just outside of Patton, Route 36; Duman Lake, rainbows, 11 a.m. Friday, at the lake.
• Clarion: Cathers Run, brooks and browns, and Mill Creek, tributary to the Clarion River, brooks, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sigel Post office, routes 49 and 36; East Sandy Creek, browns, and Leatherwood Creek, browns and rainbows, Piney Creek, section 3, browns and rainbows, and Piney Creek, section 4, brooks and browns, 11:30 a.m. Friday, exit 64, I-80 and Route 66.
• Fayette: Big Sandy Creek, brooks and browns, Meadow Run, section 5, browns and rainbows, and Mill Run, brooks and browns, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Wharton Township building, Route 381; Yough River, browns and rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Yough Dam park office; Back Creek, brooks and browns, and Indian Creek, browns and rainbows, 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Sarnelli's Market, routes 38 1⁄711 and 31; Dunlap Creek lake, rainbows, 11 a.m. April 20, Sheetz, Route 40 west of Uniontown.
• Lawrence: Little Neshannock Creek, browns and rainbows, 10 a.m. Monday, I-79 and Route 62; Bessemer Lake, rainbows, and Cascade Quarry, rainbows, 11 a.m. April 20, at the lake on Route 317.
• Somerset: Beaverdam Creek, browns and rainbows, Piney Run, brooks, and Clear Shade Creek, brooks and browns, 9:15 a.m. Monday, Ogletown, Route 56; Elklick Creek, brooks and browns, and Flaugherty Creek, brooks and browns, 10:30 a.m. Monday, Meyersdale Fire Co. Business Route 219; Jones Mill Run, brooks and browns, and Laurel Hill Creek, section 4, browns and rainbows, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, CoGo's, Route 31, Bakersville; Yough River, browns and rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Yough Dam park office; Laurel Hill Lake, rainbows, Kooser Lake, rainbows, and Kooser Run, section 2, browns and rainbows, 10:15 a.m. April 20, Kooser Lake parking lot.
• Washington: Little Chartiers Creek, browns and rainbows, week of April 15; Millers Run, browns and rainbows,and Mingo Creek, browns and rainbows, 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Carlton Hotel, the first exit after Bentleyville on I-70; Canonsburg Lake, rainbows, 1 p.m. April 20, the township road that crosses the lake, off Route 19.
• Westmoreland: Upper Twin Lake, rainbows, and Lower Twin Lake, rainbows, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, at the lower lake; Indian Creek, section 2, brooks and browns, and section 3, browns and rainbows, 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Sarnelli's Market, routes 38 1⁄711 and 31; Keystone lake, rainbows, and Northmoreland Lake, rainbows, 11:30 a.m. April 20, at the Keystone State Park office; Donegal Lake, rainbows, noon April 20, at the lake's parking lot.