Outdoors notices: Jan. 11
By Bob Frye
Published: Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, 9:33 p.m.
• With a chance to earn a share of first place in the A-team standings, Butler (6-2) came up short, losing 1183-1176 to Murrysville (8-0) in Allegheny Valley Rifle League action. Kiski (3-6) edged Fort Hand (0-9), 1168-1161. Butler (7-1) did better in the B-team standings, beating Murrysville (7-1), 1145-1144, and Kiski (3-6) beat Fort Hand (0-9), 1136-1092. Junior shooter Matthew Lovre of Murrysville shot a 300 to post the week's top score. Jim Spelock of Kiski was the top senior with a 294, and Kelsey Morgan of Murrysville was the top female with a 278.
• PA State Hunters Organization, Feb. 1-28. This is a statewide hunt where all hunters who register a coyote share in the prize money. Contact Keith Tobias at 717-444-7061 or visit pastatehuntersorg.com.
• Cresson Community Sportsmen's Association, Cambria County, Feb. 14-16. The club will have a coyote and fox hunt, with a minimum of $5,000 in payouts with prizes for the heaviest and smallest coyotes. There will be chance drawings. Call 814-886-7727 or visit cressonsportsmans.com.
• Clarion County Rod and Gun Club in Knox will have a hunt. Details are available by calling 814-797-5253.
• Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Association will have a hunt from Feb. 14-16. Coyotes can come from Pennsylvania and several neighboring states. Sixty percent of the payout will go for the heaviest coyote with the rest divided equally. Call Ray Savel ay 814-263-4418 or visit sinnemahoning-sportsmen.org.
• Mosquito Creek Sportsmen's Association will gave its statewide hunt, the largest in the state, with more than $39,000 in prizes offered last year, from Feb. 21-23. Preregistration is required. Call 814-263-4510 or visit mosquitocreeksportsmen.com.
• St. Marys Sportsemen's Club in Elk County will have its statewide Size Doesn't Matter hunt Feb. 21-23. All hunters checking in a coyote will share the prize money. Call 814-834-4375 or visit stmaryssportsmen.org.
• Charleroi Sportsmen's Club in Washington County will gave its statewide coyote hunt from Feb. 22-March 8. All coyotes registered will earn a share of the prize, and there will be a bonus jackpot drawing. Contact Pete Cupari at 724-640-6555 or visit charleroisportsmen.com.
• Tubmill Trout Club in Westmoreland County will have its Eastern Championship Lucky Dogs Coyote Hunt from Feb. 28-March 2. Coyotes can come from Pennsylvania and three other states. Cash prizes will be awarded by drawing to six successful hunters. All hunters entered will be in a drawing for rifles, whether they harvest a coyote or not. Contact Lin Gamble at 724-235-9798 or visit tubmilltroutclub.org.
• South Buffalo Sportsman Club will have its horn-scoring function where hunters can have antlers from deer, elk and more scored according to Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young standards from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 1. Cost is $8 and includes all you can eat wings, french fries and beverages. To reach the club, get off Route 28 at exit 18/Slatelick, and follow the signs. Contact Joe McAninch at 724-713-7433.
• California Hill Gun Club will have its small game hunting classic Jan. 28. Cost to enter is $25 per two-person grouse team and $35 per three-person rabbit team. Each member of the top team in each category will win a shotgun. Other prizes will be awarded in each class. All hunters will get a ticket for a chance to win $100. There also will be free food, raffles and more. Preregistration is required. Call J.R. Anderson at 724-938-3480 after 3 p.m. or visit californiahillgunclub.com.
• Fairbank Rod and Gun Club will gave a chukar hunt starting at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 1. Cost is $75, which includes a light breakfast and lunch. Two-person teams of hunters, each allowed one dog, will have 30 minutes to hunt six birds using a total of 12 shells. Rosetts will be awarded in pointing dog and flushing dog classes based on shots fired, birds taken and overall time. Preregistration is required in advance by calling Rich Kovacic at 724-984-9641.
• Washington County Sportsmen's and Conservation League will have its annual outdoor show from Feb. 6-9 at Washington Crown Center. Admission is free; hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
• The Western Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will have its conservation and sportsmen's banquet Jan. 31 at The Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Greensburg. Doors open at 5:30, with dinner at 7:30. There will be raffles, games, live and silent auctions, door prizes and more. Tickets, which include an individual membership, are $70 per person, $130 per couple and $30 for youths 17 and younger. Sponsor packages are available. Contact Lisa Rossi at 724-693-9032 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Butler Fishing Show is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at a new location, St. Ferdinand Church at 2535 Rochester Road in Cranberry Township. Admission will be $8, though children ages 12 and younger get in free. There will be free carnations to the first 50 women in attendance and free Wendy's coupons to the first 50 kids 12 and younger. There will be raffles, seminars and vendors. Visit butlerfishingshow.com.
Shoots on tap
• Possum Hollow Sportsmen's Club, at 352 Possum Hollow Road in Wampum, will have a series of weekend indoor archery shoots this winter. They will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, 19, 25 and 26; Feb. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23; and March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 22, 23 and 26. The shoots will feature 30 Rinehart targets. Cost is $10 for those 16 and older, $5 for those ages 12-15 and free to those 11 and younger. Food and beverages will be available. Call Bill Nelson at 724-312-4849 or Rob Luke at 724-622-7622 or visit ph-sc.com.
• Strictly Sticks Traditional Archers will have a 3-D archery shoot for recurves, longbows and selfbows Jan. 19 at East Huntingdon Sportsmen's Club with registration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be a ham shoot. The club is located at 268 Sportsmen's Road in Alverton. Cost is $10 for adults 17 and older, $5 for those ages 12-16 and free to those 11 and younger. The kitchen will be open, and there will be trading tables. Family participation is encouraged. Call 724-887-5404.
• Pitcairn Monroeville Sportsmen's Club, 505 Mosside Blvd., North Versailles, has 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.
• White Oak Rod and Gun Club has 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. Thursdays. Cost is $3 for adults, $1 for kids ages 12-16, and free to those 11 and younger and 65 and older. Skeet and five-stand shoots are 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and on sporting clays Sundays. All events are open to the public. Call 724-863-9941.
• Irwin Sportsmen's Association has 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 has trap practice Mondays at 7 p.m. Cost is $3 for a round of 25 birds. The public is welcome. The club also is having 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.
• Millvale Sportsman's Club, at 170 Sunny Hill Road in Wexford, has 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. Call 724-935-9963 or visit millvalesportsmens.com.
• South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club has trap shooting at 5 p.m. Mondays. The public is welcome.
• 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 Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 724-652-1075.
• California Hill Gun Club has 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.
• Sutersville Sportsmen's Club has 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 has trap and skeet practice from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. All shooters and the public are welcome. Instruction is available.
• Rostraver Sportsmen and Conservation Association has 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 has trap practice at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The public is invited to all events.
• Hecla's trap range is open for practice from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The public is welcome. Call 724-423-6090 after 2 p.m.
• Fort Hand Rifle Club in North Vandergrift has an ARA-sanctioned smallbore benchrest shoot on the second Saturday of every month. The club also has an NRA-sanctioned smallbore metallic silhouette match on the second Sunday of every month. Call 724-726-9580.
• Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen's Club has 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 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 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 has 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 has trap shoots from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and from 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 has 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 has 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.
• 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.
• McDonald Sportsmen's Association has trap and skeet practice from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays. The public is welcome. Call 724-796-2271 or visi mcdonaldsportsmen.com.
• Clairton Sportsmen's Club has 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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