Outdoor notices: Feb. 23, 2014
• John Husk fired the first perfect 300 of the season in leading Frazier-Simplex (11-0) earned a 1,488-1,470 win over Irwin Post 228 (5-6) in Pittsburgh and Suburban Rifle League action.
Dormont-Mt. Lebanon (9-2) posted a 1,479-1,446 win over Allegheny (1-9) and Murrysville (1-10) notched a 1,464-1,456 win over Green Valley (5-6).
Amy Smith of Dormont-Mt. Lebanon was high lady with a 299, Frazier-Simplex's Sylvia Dreistadt was the high junior with a 298 and Cal Roberts of Green Valley was high senior with a 297.
• Butler (11-3) had a chance to move into a tie for first place in the Allegheny Valley Rifle League A-team standings, but couldn't do it, falling to Murrysville (13-1) by a 1,183-1,172 score.
Kiski (5-10) kept Fort Hand (0-15) winless, but only by the narrowest of margins, winning 1,169-1,168.
There is a tie for first in the B-team standings, though. Murrysville and Butler are both 12-2, and followed by Kiski (4-11) and Fort Hand (1-14).
Ray Harvey of Murrysville was the week's high shooter, firing a 298. Matthew Harvey of Murrysville was high junior with a 297, Jim Spelock of Kiski was high senior with a 295, and Kelsey Morgan of Murrysville was high female with a 281.
Hunter safety courses
Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us.
• Mt. Pleasant Armory, Westmoreland County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 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.
• Mt. Morris Sportsmen's Club, Greene County, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 8. Class limit 45.
• White Oak Rod and Gun Club, Westmoreland County, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 9. Class limit 50.
• 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.
• Ambridge Sportsmen's Club, Beaver County, 5:30 to 9 p.m. April 28 and 29. Class limit 40.
Successful turkey hunting courses
• 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.
• Collier Sportsmen's Club, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5. Class limit 50.
• Burnt Ridge Bow and Gun Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19. Class limit 50.
• PA State Hunters Organization, through Friday. 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.
• Charleroi Sportsmen's Club in Washington County will hold its statewide coyote hunt through 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 Friday 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.
• Tri-County Trout Club is once again holding its youth fly fishing class. Open to kids ages 10 to 16, it will meet bi-weekly and last five weeks, starting on March 1 through May 3. Participants will learn casting and fly tying, with plenty of time spent fishing, too. For information contact Mike Tutolo at 724-889-7099 or email@example.com.
• Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission board member Rocco Ali of Armstrong County will be the guest speaker at the Pittsburgh Downriggers Fishing Club at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Coraopolis Sportsmen's Club, North Petre Road. He will discuss steelhead fishing opportunities in the Lake Erie area. The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. Contact Bob Miller at 412-417-0581.
• 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.
• Three Rivers Chapter of Muskies Inc. will hold its annual fundraising banquet 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.
• The Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold its 37th annual fundraising banquet March 21 at Four Points Sheraton-Pittsburgh North, 901 Sheraton Drive, Mars. Doors open at 5:15 p.m., with dinner to follow at 7:15 p.m. 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 Canonsburg Sportsmen's Club at 7 p.m. on March 5 at the club on 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 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.
Shoots on tap
• Shaner Sportsmen's Club holds trap practice from 5 to 8 p.m. on 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, 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 and March 1-2, March 8-9, March 15-26 and March 22-23. The shoots will feature 30 Rinehart targets. Cost is $10 for those 16 and older, $5 for 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 ph-sc.com.
• Strictly Sticks Traditional Archers will hold an archer appreciation 3-D archery shoot for recurves, longbows and selfbows on March 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 ages 12 to 16, and free for 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.
• 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 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 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 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.
• 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.