Outdoor notices: May 5, 2013
• The perfect weather led to lots of perfect scores this past week in Twi-Night Trap League action at Youngwood Sportsmen's Club.
Recording 25s were Club, Ryan Fullman, Duke Carleton, Jay Miller, Paul Plummer and Len Mallin Sr. from Hecla Sportsmen's Club; Orv Bolbrich, Richard Kunkle, John Peairs, JT Spangler and Lucas Boord from Youngwood; Jon Schroyer, Ted Salka, Glenn Coleman and Bill Petras from Ruffs Dale Gun Club; Bob Turek from Connellsville Sportsmen's Club and Sam Redinger from East Huntingdon Sportsmen's Club.
For the season, Ruffs Dale is in first place with 20.5 points. Youngwood is close behind with 20 points, followed by Connellsville (15.5), Hecla (12.5) and East Huntingdon (6.5).
Hunter safety courses
Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at www.pgc.state.pa.us.
• Wilderness Wildlife Museum, Westmoreland County, 9:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m. May 11. Class limit 15.
• Fairbank Rod and Gun Club, Fayette County, 9 a.m.—4 p.m. May 11. Class limit 50.
• Cresson Sportsmen's Club, Cambria County, 9 a.m.—4 p.m. May 11. Class limit 30.
• Rochester Sportsmen's Club, Beaver County, 9 a.m.—4 p.m. May 11. Class limit 40.
• 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.
• Gander Mountain-Richland, Cambria County, 9:30 a.m. —4:30 p.m. May 25. Class limit 25.
• Star Junction Fish and Game Club, Fayette County, 9 a.m.—4 p.m. May 25. Class limit 40.
• Moss Creek Rod and Gun Club, Cambria County, noon—7 p.m. June 1. Class limit 50.
• Gilpin Rifles Inc., Armstrong County, 8 a.m.—4 p.m. June 8. Class limit 20.
• Beaver County YMCA, Beaver County, 9 a.m.—4 p.m. June 8. Class limit 40.
• Gander Mountain-Washington, Washington County, 9 a.m.—5 p.m. June 8. Class limit 50.
• Aliquippa Bucktails, Beaver County, 9 a.m.—4 p.m. June 15. Class limit 40.
• Benscreek Social and Citizens Club, Cambria County, 9 a.m.—3:30 p.m. June 15. Class limit 40.
• Kingston Vets and Sportsmen's Club, Westmoreland County, 8 a.m.—4 p.m. June 22. Class limit 55.
• Colver Sportsmen's Club, Cambria County, 10 a.m.—5 p.m. June 22. Class limit 40.
• Keystone Sportsmen's Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m.—2 p.m. June 29. Class limit 40.
• Heritage House, Jefferson County, 9 a.m.—4 p.m. June 29.
• Buffalo Valley Sportsmen's Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m.—3:30 p.m. July 6. Class limit 50.
• Northern Cambria Civil Defense Club, Cambria County, noon—7 p.m. July 7. Class limit 30.
• Greensburg Sportsmen's Association, Westmoreland County, 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. July 13. Class limit 25.
• Freeport Sportsmen's Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m.—3 p.m. July 13. Class limit 40.
• Whitehall Borough Community Building, Allegheny County, 9 a.m.—4 p.m. July 13. Class limit 55.
• Lloydsville Sportsmen's Association, Westmoreland County, 9 a.m.—4 p.m. July 20. Class limit 15.
• Springdale District Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 8 a.m.—5 p.m. July 27. Class limit 40.
• 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.
• The Pennsylvania Game Commission, Westmoreland County Sportsmen's League and others will host the fourth annual free “youth and outdoor show” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Keystone State Park near New Alexandria. Children will be able to learn about boating safety, boating, orienteering, tree identification, rock climbing, fishing and hunting, see field a dog demonstration, shoot at an archery and BB gun range, and have the chance to win awards and prizes. Additional vendors and exhibitors are also being sought. Call 724-668-2939.
• Allison Park Sportsmen's Club will hold its annual Dan Wagner Memorial Kids Fishing Day for youngsters ages 2 to 12 from 7 a.m. to noon May 11 at Rochester Grove in North Park. Kids can register from 7 to 9:30 a.m., with fish measuring until 11. Lunch will follow for kids and their adult mentors. All kids registering a fish will get their choice of a prize, and all participants will get a door prize. Contact Rich Simmen at 412-487-2873 or Joe Landefeld at 412-487-3150.
• Tubmill Trout Club will hold its annual “Kids Day” on May 18-19 at the Altimus farm. It's open to children 16 and younger. There will be free food and prizes both days. For detaqils, visit www.tubmilltroutclub.org.
• Guide Jeff Knapp will do a presentation on fishing for smallmouth bass on the middle Allegheny River at the next meeting of the Tri-County Trout Club, set for Wednesday at Fisher Hall in Burrell Lake Community Park. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the meeting starting at 7:30. Admission is free to members and children younger than 12; all others pay $3. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
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.
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region will present the second annual “Clays for Kids' Sake” sporting clays shoot at 10 a.m. Sunday at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Cost is $125 per person, which includes 100 targets, ammunition, gun rental, trapper gratuities and a lunch buffet. Prizes will be awarded based on Lewis Class scoring. Lunch is $25 per person. Contact Marcy Zajdel at 724-837-6198 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• East Huntingdon Sportsmen's Association will hold a 3-D archery shoot May 19, with registration from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for juniors ages 12 to 16. Youths 11 and younger shoot for free. The kitchen will be open. Call 724-887-5404. The club 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.
• Saltsburg Sportsmen's Club will hold a 3-D archery shoot on Sunday, 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 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, 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 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, skeet shoots from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays and five-stand from 10 a.m. to 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. 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 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 to 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 to 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 to 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. 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 www.mdi.net/dml.
• 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 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. to 2 p.m. Sundays and 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.
• 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 five-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 in Murrysville opens its trap range 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 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 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and 1 to 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 May 6 to 12. 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: Deer Creek, section 4, browns and rainbows, Lower Deer Lake, rainbows, and Middle Deer Lake, rainbows, and West Deer lake, rainbows, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Natrona Heights exit, Route 28; North Park Lake, rainbows, 1 p.m. Thursday, at the boathouse.
• Armstrong: Cherry Run, sections 2 and 3, brooks and browns, Scrubgrass Creek, brooks, Patterson Creek, browns and rainbows, and Glade Run, browns and rainbows, noon Thursday, Keystone Bait and Tackle, Route 210, Elderton.
• Beaver: Brady's Run Lake, rainbows, and Southy Branch Brady Run, browns and rainbows, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Brady's Run Lake Park office, Route 51; Raccoon Lake, rainbows, and Traverse Creek, browns and rainbows, 1 p.m. Friday, Raccoon Creek State park office, Route 18.
• Bedford: Raystown Branch Juniata River, section 3, browns and rainbows, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Shawnee lake, Colvin parking lot, Route 96; Wills Creek, browns and rainbows, 9:30 a.m. Friday, Hyndman Post Office, Route 96; Beaver Creek, browns and rainbows, Yellow Creek, sections 4 and 5, rainbows, and Yellow Creek, section 7, browns and rainbows, 9:30 a.m. May 11, New Frontier Restaurant, Route 36, Loysburg.
• Butler: Connoquenessing Creek, browns and rainbows, and Little Connoquenessing Creek, browns and rainbows, week of May 6.
• Cambria: Laurel Run, tributary to the Conemaugh River, brooks and browns, and laurel Run, tributary to the South Fork of the Little Conemaugh river, brooks and browns, week of Monday; Lake Rowena, rainbows, 10:30 a.m. May 11, at the lake, off Route 22 west, Ebensburg.
• Fayette: Yough River, browns and rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Yough Dam park office.
• Greene: Dunkard Fork, browns and rainbows, South Fork Dunkard Fork, browns and rainbows, and North Fork Dunkard Fork, section 2, browns and rainbows, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ryerson Station State park office.
• Indiana: Blacklegs Creek, rainbows, noon Tuesday, Conemaugh Township building, Route 286, west of Clarksburg; Canoe Creek, brooks and browns, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Big Run Post Office, Route 119; Brush Creek, brooks and browns, Cush Cushion Creek, browns and rainbows, Cush Creek, browns and rainbows, and South Branch Two Lick Creek, browns and rainbows, noon Wednesday, Glen Campbell, Route 286.
• Lawrence: Deer Creek, browns and rainbows, week of May 6; Neshannock Creek, section 4, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, bridge at Volant, Route 208; Bessemer Lake, rainbows, 11 a.m. Monday, at the lake, on Route 317.
• Somerset: Kimberly Run, brooks and browns, Stonycreek River, brooks and browns, and Raystown Branch Juniata River, section 2, brooks, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, New Baltimore Volunteer Fire Co.; Laurel Hill Creek, sections 4 and 5, browns and rainbows, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Laurel Hill Lake dam breast parking lot; Laurel Hill Creek, section 7, browns and rainbows, and Middle Creek, browns and rainbows, 10 a.m. Thursday, New Centerville Fire Hall, Route 281; Yough River, browns and rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Yough Dam park office; Wills Creek, browns and rainbows, 9:30 a.m. May 10, Hyndman Post Office, Route 96; Laurel Hill Lake, rainbows, 10:15 a.m. Friday, dam breast parking lot; Casselman River, brooks and browns, and Piney Creek, brooks and browns, 10:30 a.m. May 11, Elk Lick Township building, Route 669, West Salisbury.
• Washington: Canonsburg Lake, rainbows, 1 p.m. Tuesday, at the township road that crosses the lake, Route 19; Dutch Fork lake, rainbows, 1:15 p.m. Thursday, at the lake, off Route 40, about three miles west of Claysville.
• Westmoreland: Hendricks Creek, browns and rainbows, and Tubmill Creek, browns and rainbows, week of May 6; Lower Twin Lake, rainbows, and Indian Lake, rainbows, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, at Lower Twin Lake; Mammoth Dam, rainbows, and Sewickley Creek, browns and rainbows, noon Wednesday, at the lake; Keystone Lake, rainbows, and Northmoreland Lake, rainbows, 11:30 a.m. Friday, at the park office; Donegal Lake, rainbows, noon May 11 at the lake's main parking lot.