Outdoor notices: Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013
Published: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, 5:33 p.m.
Hunter safety courses
Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us.
• Pitcairn-Monroeville Sportsmen's Club, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 50.
• South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club, Fayette County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 65.
• Fairhope Rod and Gun Club, Fayette County, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 50.
• Leetsdale Borough building, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 80.
• Bear Rock Sportsmen's Club, Cambria County, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 50.
• Jerome Sportsmen's Club, Somerset County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 80.
• Hopewell VFW, Beaver County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 75.
• Gander Mountain, Washington County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 50.
• Library Sportsmen's Club, Washington County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 50.
• St. Clair-Tremont Trap and Field Club, Cambria County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 35.
• Centerville American Legion Post 705, Washington County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15. Class limit 60.
• St. Michaels Sportsmen's Club, Cambria County, 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 16-17. Class limit 50.
• Brockway Sportsmen's Club, Jefferson County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21.
• Monroeville Public Safety Training Center, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21. Class limit 50.
• Indian Creek Valley Sportsmen's Association, Fayette County, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21. Class limit 50.
• Benshoff Hill Rod and Gun Club, Cambria County, at Middle Taylor Community Center, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21. Class limit 20.
• Gander Mountain, Cambria County, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21. Class limit 25.
• Freeport Sportsmen's Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21. Class limit 40.
• Seminole Rod and Gun Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21. Class limit 30.
• Richland Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21. Class limit 50.
• Collier Sportsmen's Club, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22. Class limit 50.
• Ambridge Sportsmen's Club, Beaver County, 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. Sept. 23-24. Class limit 40.
• Star Junction Fish and Game Club, Fayette County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28. Class limit 40.
• Gilpin Rifles Inc., Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28. Class limit 20.
• Apollo-Spring Church Sportsmen's Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28. Class limit 50.
• Boswell Fire Department, Somerset County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28. Class limit 50.
• Plumville Fire Hall, Indiana County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28. Class limit 75.
• White Oak Rod and Gun Club, Westmoreland County, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Class limit 50.
• Pine Run Sportsmen's Club, Beaver County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28. Class limit 40.
• Burgettstown Youth Center, Washington County, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 2-3. Class limit 50.
• Midland Sportsmen's Club, Beaver County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5. Class limit 40.
• Ohio Township Nature Center, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Class limit 50.
• Irwin Sportsmen's Association, Westmoreland County, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Class limit 40.
• Richland Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 8 and 10. Class limit 50.
• Canonsburg Sportsmen's Club, Washington County, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 9-10. Class limit 80.
• Donaldson Elementary School, Allegheny County, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12. Class limit 75.
• Mt. Pleasant Armory, Westmoreland County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12. Class limit 50.
• Coraopolis District Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Class limit 100.
• Fairbank Rod and Gun Club, Fayette County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13. Class limit 80.
• Rochester Free United Methodist Church, Beaver County, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20. Class limit 50.
• Monroeville Public Safety Training Center, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19. Class limit 50.
• Leetsdale Borough building, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Class limit 80.
• Apollo-Spring Church Sportsmen's Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19. Class limit 50.
• East Run Sportsmen's Club, Indiana County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19. Class limit 50.
• North Union Township Recreation Center, Fayette County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20. Class limit 40.
• Jefferson County fairgrounds, Jefferson County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27.
• Apollo-Spring Church Sportsmen's Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 9. Class limit 50.
• Champion Christian School, Westmoreland County, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9. Class limit 30.
• Monroeville Public Safety Training Center, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16. Class limit 50.
• North Side Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 18 and 20. Class limit 75.
• In honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day, the Irwin Sportsmen's Association will host an open house and celebration from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at the club grounds, 995 Oakside Drive, Irwin. Instructors will be on hand to help visitors try pistol and rifle shooting, trap shooting and archery, all for free. Guests include the 5th Virginia Company H Confederate Civil War re-enactors and state park ranger Mark Keppler. Activities for children will include free games and face painting. Complimentary refreshments will be available, and guests are invited to help judge chili cook-off entries. A $20 discount on club memberships will be offered for any new members who sign up during the open house. Discounts will also be available for National Rifle Association membership. For information visit http://irwinsportsmen.com or call Sam Petrill at 724-523-9216.
• With steelhead season on its way, International Angler on Steubenville Pike will host a series of seminars in the coming weeks. At 6 p.m. Sept. 18, Jeff Blood, inventor of the blood dot, will speak. Mark DeFrank, a steelhead guide, will discuss techniques and fly patterns Sept. 28, and fly tying instructor John Stanton will talk about steelhead, trout and bass Oct. 2. The shop will also hold a fly tying class over four weeks starting Sept. 17. Call 412-788-8088.
• The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold a free family fishing program from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at M.K. Goddard State Park in Mercer County. Participants will learn basic fishing skills and get to fish without needing a license. All equipment will be provided, but children must bring an adult and adults must bring a child. Space is limited and preregistration is required by Friday by calling 814-683-5126.
• District 2 of the Pennsylvania Trappers Association will hold its annual trappers expo starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Butler City Hunting and Fishing Club in East Butler, near Bonnie Brook Road and Route 422. There will be trapping demonstrations, trap supply vendors, food, drinks, raffles and more. The event is free and open to the public.
• The Laurel Highlands Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association will host a free food plot demonstration and tour for hunters, landowners and their families from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at 144 Stiefler Road, Bolivar. Contact Dave Creamer at 814-777-2280.
• The National Pike Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association will hold its third annual sportsmen's banquet at The Willow Room, 800 Plaza Drive, Belle Vernon, on Friday. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30. There will be live and silent auctions, raffles, games, prizes and more. Cost is $25 for those younger than 16 and $45 for adults. Sponsor and couples packages are available. For information or tickets contact John Hustosky at 724-366-0095.
Shoots on tap
• Frazier-Simplex Rifle Club, Jefferson Avenue, Washington, will hold open PTO shooting matches Friday to Sept. 15, Oct. 11 to 13, Nov. 8 to 10 and Dec. 13 to 15. Cost is $10 per team, $15 for one gun and $25 for two guns. Shooting will be limited to 50 smallbore and 50 air rifle contestants. Contact Tom Benedict at email@example.com.
• Kingston Veterans and Sportsmen's Club, 138 Kingston Club Road, Latrobe, will hold its annual 3-D archery appreciation shoot Sunday, with registration from 8 a.m. to noon at the clubhouse. Youths and cubs shoot free on this day. Call 724-539-9303.
• Trafford Sportsmen's Club will hold a 3-D archery shoot Sept. 15, with registration from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $8 per shooter, though youths 12 and younger shoot for free. Call 412-372-3820 or visit traffordsportsmen.org.
• Sportsmen's Association of Greensburg will hold a 2x500 slow prone match, with shooting at 300 and 500 yards, Sept. 15. Registration starts at 8 a.m., with shooting starting at 9. Cost is $15 for adults, $5 for juniors. Call 724-433-7639.
• Irwin Sportsmen's Association holds action pistol shoots at 4 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month, pistol pin shoots at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays and silhouette shoots starting at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month. A ladies pistol league shoots at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month. All events are open to the public. Visit irwinsportsmen.com.
• East Huntingdon Sportsmen's Association 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.
• 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 Club will hold a rimfire money shoot and 12-gauge meat shoot starting at noon Sept. 15. There will be a flintlock money shoot and 12-gauge meat shoot at noon Oct. 6. The club's trap range is open Fridays at 7 p.m. for league and practice shooting. Cost is $4 per round and the public is welcome. Food and drinks are available for purchase. A bike run to benefit the trap and rifle range is being held July 27. Call 724-945-5275 or visit 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 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 a.m.; 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 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 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.
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