Outdoor notices: For the week of April 20
• Frazier-Simplex (18-0) wound up the Pittsburgh and Suburban Rifle League season the same way it started it, with a win. It beat Clymer (5-13) 1,468-1,440 in the final week.
Dormont-Mt. Lebanon (15-3) finished second overall – all of its losses came to Frazier-Simplex – with a victory over Green Valley (6-12), 1,473-1,463. Irwin Post 228 (7-11) beat Allegheny (6-12) 1,463-1,442.
For the season, Frazier-Simplex and Dormont-Mt. Lebanon were followed by Irwin Post 228 in third place, Allegheny, Green Valley and Murrysville in a three-way tie for fourth and Clymer in last.
Hunter safety courses
Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at www.pgc.state.pa.us.
• Lancaster Township Community Center, Butler County, 6-9:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday.
• 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 by Friday. 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.
• 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, 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.
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. to noon at the clubhouse. Youths and cubs shoot free on this day. Call 724-539-9303.
• Saltsburg Sportsmen's Club will hold a 3-D archery shoot on May 5, with registration from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $5 for youths and $10 for adults. Cubs and women shoot for free. 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, with the main event beginning at 11. 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 Tuesdays 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 to 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 ages 12 to 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 from 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 22-28. 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: Turtle Creek, browns and rainbows, noon Tuesday, Monroeville Municipal Park on Abers Creek Road; Deer Creek, sections 3 and 4, browns and rainbows, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Natrona Heights exit, Route 28; Lower Deer Lake, rainbows, Middle Deer Lake, rainbows, and West Deer lake, rainbows, 12:30 p.m. April 27, Natrona Heights exit, Route 28.
• Armstrong: Mahoning Creek, browns and rainbows, and Plum Creek, browns and rainbows, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wood access area of Keystone Lake, off Route 210; Buffalo Creek, sections 3 and 5, browns and rainbows, 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Worthington Fire Hall parking lot, Route 422.
• Beaver: Raccoon Lake, rainbows, and Traverse Creek, sections 2 and 3, browns and rainbows, 1 p.m. April 27, Raccoon Creek State Park office, Route 18.
• Bedford: Raystown Branch Juniata river, browns and rainbows, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Lower Landmark Restaurant, Route 30, Bedford.
• Butler: Slippery Rock Creek, section 2, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Wednesday, routes 19 and 108; Buffalo Creek, section 3, browns and rainbows, 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Worthington Fire Hall parking lot, Route 422; Bonnie Brook, browns and rainbows, Little Buffalo Run, browns and rainbows, and Buffalo Creek, section 2, browns and rainbows, 11:15 a.m. Friday, Worthington Fire Hall parking lot, Route 422.
• Cambria: Chest Creek, sections 4 and 5, browns and rainbows, 10:45 a.m. Thursday, PennDOT shed just outside of Patton, Route 36; Lake Rowena, rainbows, Little Paint Creek, brooks and browns, and Elton Sportsmen's Dam, rainbows, 10:30 a.m. April 27, Lake Rowena, just off Route 22 west in Ebensburg.
• Clarion: Coon Creek, brooks, and Toms Run, brooks, 11:30 a.m. Friday, Cook Forest State Park, Route 36, Cooksburg.
• Fayette: Virgin Run Lake, rainbows, 11 a.m. April 27, at the lake.
• Greene: Lake Wilma, rainbows, and Whiteley Creek, browns and rainbows, noon Tuesday, exit 2 of I-79, at Route 2018; Enlow Fork, browns and rainbows, and North Fork Dunkard Fork, sections 2 and 3, browns and rainbows, 12:30 p.m. April 27, Ryerson Station State park office.
• Indiana: Cummings Reservoir, rainbows, Yellow Creek, section 2, brooks and browns, and section 4, browns and rainbows, noon Thursday, Nolo, Route 422.
• Lawrence: Neshannock Creek, section 2, browns and rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Monday, bridge at Volant, Route 208; Slippery Rock Creek, sections 2, 3 and 4, browns and rainbows, and Taylor Run, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Wednesday, routes 19 and 108; Neshannock Creek, sections 3 and 4, browns and rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Friday, bridge at Volant, Route 208.
• Somerset: Bens Creek, rainbows, South Fork Bens Creek, section 2, brooks, and South Fork Bens Creek, section 4, brooks and rainbows, week of April 22; Laurel Hill Creek, section 5, browns and rainbows, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, at the dam breast parking lot.
• Washington: Aunt Clara Fork, browns and rainbows, and Dutch Fork, sections 2 and 3, browns and rainbows, 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, entrance to the truck stop at exit 6, I-70; Pike Run, sections 2, 3 and 4, browns and rainbows, toll booth area of Route 43, off I-70; Enlow Fork, browns and rainbows, and Templeton Fork, browns and rainbows, 12:30 p.m. April 27, Ryerson Station State Park office; Dutch Fork Lake, rainbows, 1:15 p.m. April 27, at the lake, about three miles west of Claysville off Route 40.
• Westmoreland: Loyalhanna Creek, sections 2, 4, and 5, browns and rainbows, week of April 22; Loyalhanna Creek, section 3, browns and rainbows, noon Tuesday, Loyalhanna Watershed Association office, Old Route 30, Ligonier; Indian Lake, rainbows, and Turtle Creek, browns and rainbows, noon Tuesday, Monroeville Municipal Park on Abers Creek road; Fourmile Run, section 3, browns and rainbows, and Linn Run, brooks, 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Loyalhanna Watershed Association office, Old Route 30, Ligonier; Mammoth Dam, rainbows, noon April 27, at the lake.