Outdoors notices: Feb. 9
• Dominque Thomas fired a 299 to post the week's top score in the Pittsburgh and Suburban Rifle League and lead Dormont-Mt. Lebanon (8-2) to a 1482-1449 win over Irwin Post 228 (5-5) in the process.
Green Valley (4-6) beat Allegheny (1-8) 1465-1426 in other action.
Cal Roberts of Green Valley was the top senior with a score of 295, while Matt Lovre of Irwin Post 228 was high junior with a 293.
• Murrysville (11-1) got back to its winning ways with an 1173-1161 win over Kiski (4-9) in Allegheny Valley Rifle League A-team action. Butler (10-2) knocked off Fort Hand (0-13) 1172-1164.
The B-team standings show Murrysville in the lead at 11-1, followed by Butler (10-2), Kiski (4-9) and Fort Hand (0-13).
Three shooters fired 295s to post the week's top score: Sherwin McConnell of Butler, senior shooter John Funk of Murrysville and teammate Ray Harvey. Wyatt Thomas of Murrysville was the top junior with a 289 and Kelsey Morgan of Murrysville was the top female with a 279.
Hunter safety courses
Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at www.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.
• Allegheny Country Rifle Club, Allegheny County, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 15. Class limit 100.
• 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.
• Ohio Township Nature Center, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 22. Class limit 50.
• 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.
• Rostraver Sportsmen's Association, Westmoreland County, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5. Class limit 35.
• Burnt Ridge Bow and Gun Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19. Class limit 50.
Successful turkey hunting course
• Pine Run Sportsmen's Club, Beaver County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29. Class limit 20.
• 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, Feb. 1 to 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 www.pastatehuntersorg.com.
• Cresson Community Sportsmen's Association, Cambria County, Feb. 14 to 16. The club is holding its eighth 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 www.cressonsportsmans.com.
• Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Association will hold its ninth annual hunt from Feb. 14 to 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 www.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 www.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 in the 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 www.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 www.tubmilltroutclub.org.
• Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its 41st annual fundraising banquet and raffle on 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 www.forbestrailtu.org.
• Three Rivers Chapter of Muskies Inc. will hold its annual fundraising banquet on March 15 at the Elks Club in Cranberry Township. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for juniors. The event will feature various games and raffles. For tickets, write to Jeff Kelley, 67 Ida Lane, New Castle, PA 16101.
• 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 kids younger than 12 and $3 for everyone else. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
• The Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold its 37th annual fundraising banquet on 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Doug Dunkerly, a land management supervisor with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, will be the speaker at the next meeting of Canonsburg Sportsmen's Club. It's set for 7 p.m. on 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.
• 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 email@example.com, look up the chapter on Facebook or visit http://www.deltawaterfowl.org/events/attend.html/event/2014/03/08/allegheny-chapter-lower-burrell-pa.
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 holds trap practice from 5 to 8 p.m. on Fridays. It is open to the public. Visit www.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 host a series of weekend indoor archery shoots this winter. They will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 9, 15 and 16 and 22 and 23, and March 1 and 2, 8 and 9, 15 and 26 and 22 and 23. The shoots will feature 30 Rinehart targets. Cost is $10 for those 16 and older, $5 for those ages 12 to 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 www.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, 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 to 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, 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 www.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, at 170 Sunny Hill Road in 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 also has 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 www.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 www.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 www.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 5-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 www.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.