Outdoor notices: Jan. 26
• It took going to a tiebreaker, but Butler (8-2) picked up a win over Kiski (3-8) in Allegheny Valley Rifle League action this past week. The teams posted matching scores of 1,168, but Butler took the tiebreaker. Elsewhere, Murrysville (10-0) earned a 1,179-1,167 win over Fort Hand (0-11). In the B-team standings, Murrysville and Butler share the lead at 9-1, followed by Kiski (3-8) and Fort Hand (0-11). Ray Harvey of Murrysville fired a 299 to post the week's top score. Jack Braw of Murrysville was the top junior with a 298, John Funk of Murrysville was the high senior with a 293, and Cami Tack of Butler was the top female with a 278.
Hunter safety courses
Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us.
• Beaver County YMCA Life Center, Beaver County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 15. Class limit 40.
• Gander Mountain, Cambria County, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Class limit 30.
• Shelocta Sportsmen's Club, Indiana County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23. Class limit 50.
• Mt. Pleasant Armory, Westmoreland County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 1. Class limit 60.
• Southside Sportsmen's Club, Beaver County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 8. Class limit 40.
• Gander Mountain, Cambria County, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 8. Class limit 30.
• Gilpin Rifles, Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15. Class limit 25.
• Indian Creek Valley Sportsmen's Association, Fayette County, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22. Class limit 50.
• Bullcreek Rod and Gun Club, Allegheny County, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 22. Class limit 40.
• Springdale District Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29. Class limit 40.
A number of sportsmen's organizations are again holding coyote hunts this winter. They include:
• PA State Hunters Organization, Saturday through Feb. 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 is holding its eight annual 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, too. Call 814-886-7727 or visit cressonsportsmans.com.
• Clarion County Rod and Gun Club in Knox will hold a hunt. Details are available by calling 814-797-5253.
• Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Association will hold its ninth annual hunt from Feb. 14-16. Coyotes can come from all across Pennsylvania, as well as several neighboring states. Sixty percent of the payout will go for the heaviest coyote, with the rest divided equally. Call Ray Savel at 814-263-4418 or visit sinnemahoning-sportsmen.org.
• Mosquito Creek Sportsmen's Association will hold its statewide hunt, the largest in the state, with more than $39,000 in prizes offered last year, from Feb. 21 to 23. Preregistration is required. Call 814-263-4510 or visit mosquitocreeksportsmen.com for information.
• St. Marys Sportsemen's Club in Elk County will hold its statewide “size doesn't matter” coyote hunt on Feb. 21 to 23. All hunters checking in a coyote will share I nthe prize money. Call 814-834-4375 or visit www.stmaryssportsmen.org.
• Charleroi Sportsmen's Club in Washington County will hold its statewide coyote hunt from Feb. 22 to March 8. All coyotes registered will earn a share of the prize, and there will be a bonus jackpot drawing, too. Contact Pete Cupari at 724-640-6555 or visit charleroisportsmen.com.
• Tubmill Trout Club in Westmoreland County will hold its annual Eastern Championship Lucky Dogs Coyote Hunt from Feb. 28 to 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, too, whether they harvest a coyote or not. Contact Lin Gamble at 724-235-9798 or visit tubmilltroutclub.org.
• Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its 41st annual fundraising banquet and raffle March 1 at the Latrobe American Legion, 1811 Ligonier St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar; dinner will follow. Tickets are $30 and are available at Ligonier Outfitters, 127 W. Main St., Ligonier, or at forbestrailtu.org.
• The McDonald Sportsmen's Fly Tying Guild is offering a six-week fly tying class beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday at McDonald Sportsmen's Club. Participants will learn about the proper use of all necessary tools, tying materials, and the techniques used to tie a variety of basic fly patterns. All tools, vices and materials will be. There is no charge, but space is limited and preregistration is required. Call 412-596-9076.
• Dunbar Sportsmen's Club will hold fly tying classes at its clubhouse beginning on Feb. 3. Beginners will meet at 5 p.m., novices at 6 and intermediate-level tiers at 7. Cost is $5 per class. To register, call John Maddas at 724-277-4258.
• The Royal Oaks Class of Pennsville Baptist Church will hold its annual “deer or else” wild game dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. Author and evangelist Blair Blakeslee will be guest speaker. All hunters are welcome to attend. There is no charge, but preregistration is required by calling 724-887-5200.
• The Allegheny Chapter of Delta Waterfowl will hold its second annual banquet on March 3 at Futules Harmar House in Cheswick. Tickets are $70 per person or $100 per couple and include a membership to Delta Waterfowl. There will be prizes, from calls to guns to blinds. Only 125 tickets will be sold. Twenty-five percent of all profits generated will be used locally for youth events and for the construction of duck nesting structures along area creeks, rivers and lakes. For information or tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org, look up the chapter on Facebook or visit http://www.deltawaterfowl.org/events/attend.html/event/2014/03/08/allegheny-chapter-lower-burrell-pa.
• PA's 1st Friends of the NRA will hold its annual fundraising banquet Feb. 8 at Stratigo's Banquet Center, 131 Colonial Manor Road, North Huntingdon. Doors open at 4 p.m. There will be games, raffles, live and silent auctions and prizes, along with dinner. Tickets are $60 per person, and there are all manner of sponsor packages available. Seating is limited. For tickets, contact Dale Emerick at 412-580-1642 or email@example.com or visit friendsofnra.org.
• South Buffalo Sportsman Club will hold its eleventh annual 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. on 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. For information, contact Joe McAninch at 724-713-7433.
• Fairbank Rod and Gun Club will host a chukar hunt starting at 7:30 a.m. on 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 hold 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 through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
• The Western Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold its 23rd annual conservation and sportsmen's banquet Friday at The Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Greensburg. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:30 p.m. 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 2014 Butler Fishing Show is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at St. Ferdinand Church, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township. Admission will be $8, though children 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 butlerfihsingshow.com.
Shoots on tap
• Possum Hollow Sportsmen's Club, 352 Possum Hollow Road, Wampum, will host a series of weekend indoor archery shoots this winter. They will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23, and March 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23. The shoots will feature 30 Rinehart targets. Cost is $10 for 16 and older, $5 for ages 12 to 15 and free for 11 and younger. Food and beverages will be available. For information call Bill Nelson at 724-312-4849 or Rob Luke at 724-622-7622 or visit ph-sc.com.
• Strictly Sticks Traditional Archers will hold a 3-D archery shoot for recurves, longbows and selfbows on Feb. 16 at East Huntingdon Sportsmen's Club, 268 Sportsmen's Road, Alverton, with registration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be a ham shoot. Cost is $10 for adults 17 and older, $5 for ages 12 to 16 and free for 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, 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.
• 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 5-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.
• 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. 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 and 12-gauge meat shoot starting at noon on Jan. 26. The club has also kicked off its winter trap league for adults and youths. For information, call Frank at 724-263-0200 or Vince at 724-554-5437. The club's trap range is open Fridays at 7 p.m. for league and practice shooting, with the clubhouse and kitchen opening at 6:30. Cost is $4 per round and shells are available for purchase. The public, of all ages and skill levels, is welcome. 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 Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 724-652-1075.
• 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; 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 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 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.
• 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 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.