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Outdoors notebook: Sewickley Creek to be stocked with trout

| Sunday, March 2, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Sewickley Creek is again going be stocked with trout this year.

West Newton Sportsmen's Association, under the direction of president Paul Angelcyk, has raised more than $4,600 toward the effort to date, selling raffle tickets, accepting donations and raising funds in other ways.

The plan is to stock fish in the creek April 26 and May 13. Trout will be released at 1 p.m. both days. All fish will be released between Lowber Club and Apples Mill Bridge.

After the first stocking, the sportsmen's club will hold an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be hot dogs and hamburgers and a cash bar. The event is open to the public.

Association member Bob Patrick credited the Sewickley Creek Watershed Association with helping to make the stockings possible by working to clean up the stream, which “used to run orange with mine acid.”

Target shooting

Those who go to the shooting range are good for the economy.

A new report released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation shows target shooting-related spending contributed $824,589,274 to Pennsylvania's economy and supported 7,871 jobs in 2011.

Nationally, the money target shooters spent in 2011 resulted in $23 billion being added to the nation's economy and supported more than 185,000 jobs.

Retail sales related to target shooting account for almost $10 billion, with rifle and handgun shooting being the leading contributors, followed by shotgun and muzzleloader shooting.

New rules

Pennsylvania Game Commissioners gave preliminary approval to two regulation changes.

One involved broadheads. At the behest of traditional archers, commissioners expanded the length of permitted broadheads from 3 to 3¼ inches. Staff said that will accommodate certain handmade and commercially available products.

At the same time, board members increased the size of acceptable body-gripping beaver traps. The maximum size will be 10 inches tall by 12 inches wide. At present, no body-gripping traps larger than 10-by-10 can be set.

Both changes still must receive final approval before going into effect. That's expected when the board next meets in April.

Second place

The Schuylkill River, once among Pennsylvania's most heavily polluted waterways, is the state's river of the year for 2014.

In earning that designation it beat out other nominated waters, including the Kiski-Conemaugh rivers — which were nominated as one — the Ohio River, West Branch Susquehanna River and Brodhead Creek watershed.

The Kiski-Conemaugh finished second in public voting, followed by the Ohio in third.

Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at bfrye@tribweb.com or via Twitter @bobfryeoutdoors.

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