Outdoor notices: Sunday, Sept. 29
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Hunter safety courses
Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us.
• Burgettstown Youth Center, Washington County, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Class limit 50.
• Midland Sportsmen's Club, Beaver County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 40.
• Ohio Township Nature Center, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 50.
• Irwin Sportsmen's Association, Westmoreland County, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Class limit 40.
• Shaner Sportsmen's Club, Westmoreland County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6. Class limit 45.
• 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.
• Gander Mountain, Cambria County, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Class limit 25.
• Mt. Pleasant Armory, Westmoreland County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12. Class limit 50.
• Gander Mountain, Washington County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12. Class limit 50.
• Baldwin Volunteer Fire Co. #1, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12. Class limit 80.
• Coraopolis District Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Class limit 100.
• East Monongahela Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13. Class limit 60.
• Bobtown Rod and Gun Club, Greene County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13. Class limit 50.
• 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.
• Critchfield Alliance Church, Fayette County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19. Class limit 25.
• 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.
• C&Y Sportsmen's Club, Indiana County, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Class limit 50.
• Jefferson County fairgrounds, Jefferson County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27.
• Masontown Fire Hall, Fayette County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3. Class limit 100.
• Pennsylvania Game Commission southwest region office, Westmoreland County, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 6. Class limit 50.
• Apollo-Spring Church Sportsmen's Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 9. Class limit 50.
• Paris Sportsmen's Club, Washington County, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9. Class limit 75.
• Ross Township Recreation Center, Allegheny County, 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Class limit 150.
• Gander Mountain, Cambria County, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Class limit 25.
• 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.
• Jefferson Fire Hall, Greene County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16. Class limit 75.
• North Side Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 18 and 20. Class limit 75.
• South Park Buffalo Inn, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 24. Class limit 100.
• Gander Mountain, Cambria County, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Class limit 25.
Turkey hunting course
Note: All courses require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us.
• Pine Run Sportsmen's Club, Beaver County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5. Class limit 20. Bring your shotgun to the class.
• George Daniel, a gold medal-winning fly fishermen, guide and instructor, will be the guest speaker at the Oct. 9 meeting of the Tri-County Trout Club. He will discuss “dynamic nymphing” and have autographed copies of his book for sale. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the meeting getting underway at 7:30 p.m. at Fisher Hall in Lower Burrell Lake Park. Members get in free; nonmembers pay $5.
• The Pennsylvania Game Commission will conduct one game land tour locally this fall. The 7 1⁄2-mile, self-guided driving trout will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6 on game land 108 in Cambria County. It will showcase a rehabilitated strip-mined area that's been converted to small-game habitat, wildlife habitat food plots and a deer enclosure fence. Each tour participant will be provided a brochure with directions and information about various features along the tour route. The tour begins at the State Game Lands access road 3⁄10ths of a mile north of Frugality, along State Route 53 in White Township, just minutes away from the main beach at Prince Gallitzin State Park. The tour will conclude on State Route 865 near Blandburg in Reade Township.
• International Angler will hold a program on fall fly fishing opportunities at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at its shop at 5275 Steubenville Pike. Registered guide John Stanton will lead the free program. The store will also hold classes, each with a fee, on Skagit casting, which is two-handed fly rod and switch rod casting, and tying intruder-style steelhead flies. Call 412-788-8088.
• Possum Hollow Sportsman's Club, 352 Possum Hollow Road, Wampum, will hold a concealed weapons permit class from 6 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 16. The class is $75. Participants will become eligible for non-resident permits for Utah and Arizona, which are recognized in most places in the country. Separate fees for the actual permits and for fingerprints can be paid later.
• Tri-County Chapter of Pheasants Forever and Fairbank Rod and Gun Club will hold their 12th annual youth pheasant hunt Oct. 12. The first 50 kids ages 12 to 16 to sign up will get to not only hunt over pointing dogs, but also shoot blackpowder guns and sporting clays and see a trapping demonstration. Ammunition will be provided, but youngsters must have a hunting license. Preregistration is required by calling Rich Kovacic at 724-984-9641.
• 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. Sunday at the club grounds at 995 Oakside Drive in Irwin. Instructors will be on 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.
Shoots on tap
• Sigel Sportsmen's Club, 246 Sportsmen's Land, just off on Route 949 north in Sigel, will hold several fall turkey shoots. They're set for Oct. 20 and 27 and Nov. 3. Registration starts at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $2 per shot. Bring your shotgun, but ammunition will be provided. Refreshments will be available.
• Frazier-Simplex Rifle Club, Jefferson Avenue, Washington, will hold open PTO shooting matches 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Sportsmen's Association of Greensburg will hold a 2x500 novelty match Oct. 6. Registration starts at 8 a.m., with shooting starting at 9 a.m. 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 flintlock money shoot and 12-gauge meat shoot at noon on 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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