Outdoor notices: March 1
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• Murrysville (14-1) earned a 1,169-1,161 win over Kiski (5-11), while Butler (12-3) recorded a 1,174-1,165 victory against Fort Hand (0-16) in Allegheny Valley Rifle League A-team action. In the B-team standings, Murrysville is in front at 13-2, followed by Butler (12-3), Kiski (4-12) and Fort Hand (2-14). Matt Summerhill of Fort Hand and Ray Harvey of Murrysville fired 297s to post the week's top scores. Bob Doverspike of Butler was high senior with a 294, Mathew Lovre of Murrysville was high junior with a 294 and Kelsey Morgan of Murrysville was high female with a 283.
Hunter safety courses
Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us.
• Southside Sportsmen's Club, Beaver County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 40.
• Gander Mountain, Cambria County, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 30.
• Mt. Morris Sportsmen's Club, Greene County, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. 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.
• Millvale Sportsmen's Club, Allegheny County, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 15. Class limit 99.
• 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.
• Midland Sportsmen's Club, Beaver 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.
• Montgomery Township Rod and Gun Club, Indiana County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5. Class limit 60.
• Paris Sportsmen's Club, Washington County, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5. Class limit 75.
• Haydentown Fire Hall, Fayette County, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 5. Class limit 50.
• Collier Sportsmen's Club, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5. Class limit 50.
• Rochester Sportsmen's Club, Beaver County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12. Class limit 40.
• Burnt Ridge Bow and Gun Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19. Class limit 50.
• Fairhope Rod and Gun Club, Fayette County, 8 a.m. to 3 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.
• Heilwood Sportsmen's Club, Indiana County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10. Class limit 60.
• Ford City Sportsmen's Association, Armstrong County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17. Class limit 40.
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.
• Sigel Sportsmen's Club, Jefferson County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6.
• 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.
• Mars Rod and Gun Club, Butler County, 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. April 27.
• Charleroi Sportsmen's Club in Washington County will hold its statewide coyote hunt through Saturday. 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.
• 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.
• 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, 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 email@example.com.
• 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. Wednesday at the club in 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 Monday 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.
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, Saturday and March 9, March 15-16 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 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 an archer appreciation 3-D archery shoot for recurves, longbows and selfbows 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 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 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 p.m. 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; 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.
The Fish and Boat Commission has kicked off its spring trout stocking program. Here are waters getting fish, in some counties, for the week of March 3-9. Listed is the water to be stocked, the kind of fish it is to receive, the time, date and meeting location for the stocking truck, or, in cases, only the week of the stocking.
• Allegheny: Deer Creek, sections 2, 3 and 4, browns and rainbows, and Pine Creek, section 5, browns and rainbows, 12:30 p.m. Monday, at the Harmarville exit of Route 28, at routes 28 and 910.
• Armstrong: Cherry Run, sections 2 and 3, brooks and browns, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Keystone Bait and Tackle Shop, Route 210, Elderton; Little Sandy Creek, brooks and browns, 11 a.m. March 6, Cool Spring Post Office.
• Beaver: Mill Creek, browns and rainbows, and Traverse Creek, sections 2 and 3, browns and rainbows, noon Wednesday, Hookstown Fire Co., Route 168; North Fork Little Beaver Creek, browns and rainbows, noon Thursday, Darlington Post Office, Route 551.
• Bedford: Yellow Creek, section 5, rainbows, 9:30 a.m. Monday, New Frontier Restaurant, Route 36, Loysburg; Raystown Branch Juniata River, browns and rainbows, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Shawnee lake's Colvin parking lot, Route 96; Cove Creek, section 2, browns and rainbows, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Lower Landmark Restaurant, Route 30, Bedford; Raystown Branch Juniata River, browns and rainbows, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Lower Landmark Restaurant, Route 30, Bedford; Cove Creek, section 3, browns and rainbows, 9:30 a.m. Friday, Lower Landmark Restaurant, Route 30, Bedford.
• Butler: Thorn Creek, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Tuesday, first bridge downstream of the dam on Lake Oneida, on Hoon Road; Connoquenessing Creek, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Wednesday, first bridge downstream of the dam on Lake Oneida, on Hoon Road; Slippery Rock Creek, section 2, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Friday, routes 19 and 108.
• Fayette: Georges Creek, brooks and browns, Mountain Creek, brooks and browns, and Meadow Run, section 6, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Tuesday, waterslide parking lot in Ohiopyle State Park, Route 381.
• Greene: Browns Creek, browns and rainbows, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Amity ball field, west of Route 19 on Route 2020.
• Lawrence: Slippery Rock Creek, section 2, browns and rainbows, and Taylor Run., browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Friday, routes 19 and 108.
• Somerset: Clear Shade Creek, section 3, brooks, 9:30 a.m. Monday, Frosty Corner Ice Cream, one mile south of Route 56; Bens Creek, brooks, and South Fork Bens Creek, brooks, 10 a.m. Friday, Beka's Place, Old Route 219; Laurel Hill Creek, sections 3 and 6, browns and rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, CoGo's, Route 31, Bakersville.
• Washington: Dutch Fork Lake, rainbows, 1 p.m. Tuesday, three miles west of Claysville off Route 40; Tenmile Creek, browns and rainbows, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Amity ball field, west of Route 19 on Route 2020.
• Westmoreland: Loyalhanna Creek, sections 2, 4 and 5, browns and rainbows, noon Saturday, Loyalhanna Watershed Association office, Old Route 30, Ligonier.
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