Outdoors notices: Feb. 1
• Butler (9-2) knocked Murrysville (10-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten and gained on the top spot in the Allegheny Valley Rifle League A-team standings with an 1,174-1,166 win last week. Kiski (4-8) beat Fort hand (0-12) by an identical score. The B-team standings show Murrysville on top at 10-1, followed by Butler (9-2), Kiski (4-8) and Fort Hand (0-12).
• Ray Harvey of Murrysville fired a 299 to reign as the week's top shooter. John Funk of Murrysville was the top senior with a 294, Thomas Wyatt of Murrysville was the high junior with a 286 and Kelsey Morgan of Murrysville was top female with a 280.
• Eight shoots remain in the season, so the Pittsburgh and Suburban Rifle League title isn't won yet. But Frazier-Simplex (10-0) put a strong claim in for the title, beating its closest competitor in the standings, Dormont-Mt. Lebanon (7-2), for a second time this season, this time by a 1,485-1,481 score. Green Valley (3-6) crept closer to third place by beating Irwin Post 228 (5-4) 1,460-1,454, and Murrysville (1-9) picked up its first win of the season by beating Allegheny (1-9) 1,460-1,437. John Husk and Tom Santelli of Frazier-Simplex fired 299s to post the week's top scores. Amy Smith of Dormont-Mt. Lebanon was high lady with a 297, Brandon Meier of Irwin Post 228 was high junior with a 297 and Jim Husk of Frazier-Simplex was high senior with a 296.
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.
• South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club, Fayette County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15. Class limit 65.
• Bobtown Rod and Gun Club, Greene County, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 15. Class limit 50.
• Indian Creek Valley Sportsmen's Association, Fayette County, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22. Class limit 50.
• Bull Creek Rod and Gun Club, Allegheny County, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 22. Class limit 40.
• Marion Center Park Hall, Indiana County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 22. Class limit 45.
• Springdale District Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29. Class limit 40.
turkey hunting course
• Bull Creek Rod and Gun Club, Allegheny County, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 5. Class limit 20.
• PA State Hunters Organization, today through Ja. 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 having its 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.
• Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Association will have a 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 have 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 for information.
• St. Marys Sportsmen's Club in Elk County will have its statewide Size Doesn't Matter coyote hunt Feb. 21-23. All hunters checking in a coyote will share in the prize money. Call 814-834-4375 or visit stmaryssportsmen.org.
• Charleroi Sportsmen's Club in Washington County will have 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, too. Contact Pete Cupari at 724-640-6555 or visit charleroisportsmen.com.
• Tubmill Trout Club in Westmoreland County will have its annual 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, 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 have its fundraising banquet and raffle March 1 at the Latrobe American Legion, at 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.
• Todd Bowersox of Allegheny River Fly Fishing Co. will talk about fly fishing the upper Allegheny and its tributaries at the next meeting of the Tri-County Trout Club. It's set for Feb. 12 at Fisher Hall in Burrell Lake Park. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the meeting starting at 7:30. Admission is free to members and children ages younger than 12 and $3 for everyone else. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
• The Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will have its fundraising banquet March 21 at Four Points Sheraton-Pittsburgh North, at 901 Sheraton Dr. in Mars. Doors open at 5:15, with dinner to follow at 7:15. There will be live and silent auctions, raffles, games and more. Tickets are $80 per person. Various couples and sponsor packages are available, too. For information or tickets, call 412-203-4108 or email email@example.com.
• Doug Dunkerly, a land management supervisor with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, will be the speaker at the next meeting of the Canonsburg Sportsmen's Club. It's set for 7 p.m. March 5 at the club, located at Allison Hollow Road. He will discuss “planning for wildlife after shale gas drilling.” The meeting is free and open to the public.
• Dunbar Sportsmen's Club will have fly tying classes at its clubhouse beginning Monday. 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 Allegheny Chapter of Delta Waterfowl will have its banquet 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 deltawaterfowl.org/events/attend.html/event/2014/03/08/allegheny-chapter-lower-burrell-pa.
• PA's 1st Friends of the NRA will have its fundraising banquet Feb. 8 at Stratigo's Banquet Center, at 131 Colonial Manor Road in 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.
• Washington County Sportsmen's and Conservation League will have its outdoor show from Feb. 6 to 9 at Washington Crown Center. Admission is free; hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
• The 2014 Butler Fishing Show is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at St. Ferdinand Church at 2535 Rochester Road in 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 children ages 12 and younger. There will be raffles, seminars and vendors. Visit butlerfihsingshow.com.
Shoots on tap
• Shaner Sportsmen's Club will hold a running deer shoot, with a money prize, starting at 10 a.m. on Feb. 16. Lunch will be available. Call 724-863-0375 for information. The club has trap practice from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays. It is open to the public. Visit shanersc.com for directions or call 724-872-8431 or the clubhouse at 724-446-1313.
• 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, Feb. 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23; 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. 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 have a 3-D archery shoot for recurves, longbows and selfbows Feb. 16 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. every Thursday. Cost is $3 for adults, $1 for children 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 has 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. For information, 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.
• Ellsworth Sportsmen's Club will have a rimfire money and 12-gauge meat shoot starting at noon 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 has open trap at 6p.m. Fridays. 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 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 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 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 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.