Outdoors notices: March 8
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• Murrysville (15-1) downed Fort Hand (0-17), 1178-1171, and Butler (13-3) beat Kiski (5-12), 1182-1166, in Allegheny Valley Rifle League A-team competition last week. The results were the same in the B-team shoots, so the standings there have Murrysville on top at 14-2, followed by Butler at 13-3, Kiski at 4-13 and Fort Hand at 2-15. Ray Harvey of Murrysville fired a 299 to post the week's top score. Bob Doverspike of Butler was the top senior with a 293, Matthew Harvey of Murrysville was the top junior with a 294, and Kelsey Morgan of Murrysville was top female with a 290.
• Frazier-Simplex (12-0) left last week's Pittsburgh and Suburban Rifle League shoot the same way it entered it — undefeated — after downing Murrysville (1-11), 1485-881. Dormont-Mt. Lebanon (10-2) also picked up a win, beating Irwin Post 228 (5-7), 1475-119, and Green Valley (6-6) beat Allegheny (1-10), 1454-1432. John Husk of Frazier-Simplex posted the week's top score with a 299. Matt Lovre of Irwin Post 228 was the top junior with a 297, Sylvia Dresitadt of Frazier-Simplex was high lady with a 296 and teammate Jim Mounts was high senior with a 294.
Hunter safety courses
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• Gilpin Rifles, Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 25.
• South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club, Fayette County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 65.
• Allegheny Country Rifle Club, Allegheny County, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 100.
• Millvale Sportsmen's Club, Allegheny County, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 99.
• Bobtown Rod and Gun Club, Greene County, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday 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.
• Collier Sportsmen's Club, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5. Class limit 50.
• Sigel Sportsmen's Club, Jefferson County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6.
• 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.
• Blackleggs Creek watershed Association and Trout Nursery will have its annual meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday at Saltsburg Sportsmen's Club. A lasagna dinner will be served. All members are encouraged to attend.
• Three Rivers Chapter of Muskies Inc. will have its annual fundraising banquet Saturday 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 have a 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. Call 412-203-4108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shoots on tap
• Shaner Sportsmen's Club is having a Lucky BB meat shoot starting at 10 a.m. March 16. The BB closest to the crosshairs on a paper wins. Bring your own shotgun, but shells are provided. The trap houses and kitchen will be open. The club also 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. They will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and March 16, 22, 23. 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. Call Bill Nelson at 724-312-4849 or Rob Luke at 724-622-7622 or visit ph-sc.com.
• Saltsburg Sportsmen's Club will have a 3-D archery shoot April 6, with registration from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for youths; cubs shoot for free. There will be awards in all classes, and food and refreshments will be available. Call 724-639-0360.
• Strictly Sticks Traditional Archers will have an archer appreciation 3-D archery shoot for recurves, longbows and selfbows March 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. Thursdays. Cost is $3 for adults, $1 for kids 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 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, 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. 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 has kicked off its winter trap league for adults and youths. Call Frank at 724-263-0200 or Vince at 724-554-5437. The club's trap range is open at 7 p.m. Fridays 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.
• The Lawrence County Sportsman's Association in Wampum opens its shotgun and .22 rifle ranges to the public at 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. at 3 p.m. Sundays. Call 724-652-1075.
• California Hill Gun Club has 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 has 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 has trap and skeet practice 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. Wednesdays. The public is invited to all events.
• Hecla's trap range is open for practice 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 has an ARA-sanctioned smallbore benchrest shoot on the second Saturday of every month. The club also has an NRA-sanctioned smallbore metallic silhouette match on the second Sunday of every month. Call 724-726-9580.
• Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen's Club has 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 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and third Sundays of the month; trap shoots are 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 4 p.m. until dark. Wednesdays at its club grounds on Sportsmen Drive in Washington Township. Cost is $4 per round. Call 724-478-2129.
• Youngwood Sportsmen's Association has trap shoots 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 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 has 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 has 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 10 to 16. 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: Bull Creek, sections 2, 3 and 4, browns and rainbows, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, park and ride lot off of Route 28 at Tarentum.
• Armstrong: North Fork Pine Creek, brooks and browns, and South Fork Pine Creek, brooks and browns, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Baum Pump Station, intersection of routes 66 and 28; Plum Creek, browns and rainbows, noon Wednesday, Keystone Bait and Tackle, Route 210, Elderton; Buffalo Creek, sections 4 and 5, browns and rainbows, noon Saturday, Worthington Fire Hall, Route 422.
• Beaver: Bradys Run Lake, rainbows, noon Tuesday, at the ice arena by the park office.
• Bedford: Gladdens Run, browns and rainbows, and Little Wills Creek, browns and rainbows, 9:45 a.m. Monday, Hyndman Post Office, Route 96; Evitts Creek, browns and rainbows, 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jackie's Country Store, Route 220, Centerville.
• Butler: Bonnie Brook, browns and rainbows, and Little Connoquenessing Creek, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Friday, first bridge downstream of the dam at Onieda Lake, on Hoon Road.
• Clarion: Leatherwood Creek, browns and rainbows, Piney Creek, sections 2 and 4, brooks, and Piney Creek, section 3, brooks and browns, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, exit 64 at intersection of Route 66 and I-80.
• Fayette: Georges Creek, brooks and browns, Mountain Creek, brooks and browns, and Meadow Run, section 6, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Wednesday, waterslide parking lot in Ohiopyle State park, Route 381; Dunbar Creek, section 2, brooks, 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Yough Dam office.
• Greene: Dunkard Fork, browns and rainbows, South Fork Dunkard Fork, browns and rainbows, and North Fork Dunkard Fork, browns and rainbows, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ryerson Station State Park office.
• Indiana: Blacklegs Creek, rainbows, and Toms Run, brooks, noon Wednesday, Keystone Bait and Tackle, Route 210, Elderton; Canoe Creek, brooks and browns, 10:45 a.m. Friday, Big Run Post Office, Route 119.
• Lawrence: Honey Creek, browns and rainbows, and North Fork Little Beaver Creek, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Bessemer Lake, Route 317.
• Somerset: Gladdens Run, browns and rainbows, 9:45 a.m. Monday, Hyndman Post Office, Route 96; Kooser Lake, rainbows, and Kooser Run, sections 2 and 3, brooks, 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, at the lake; Clear Shade Creek, section 3, brooks, Shafer Run, brooks and browns, and Laurel Hill Creek, section 2, browns and rainbows, 10:15 a.m. March 12, CoGo's, Route 31, Bakersville; Breastwork Run, brooks, and Kimberly Run, brooks and browns, 9:30 a.m. Friday, New Baltimore Volunteer Fire Co.
• Washington: Dutch Fork, section 2, browns and rainbows, and Pike Run, sections 2, 3 and 4, browns and rainbows, 1 p.m. Tuesday, toll booth area of Route 43 off Route 70.
• Westmoreland: Keystone Lake, rainbows, 11 a.m. Thursday Keystone State Park office; Indian Creek, section 2, brooks and browns, Sewickley Creek, browns and rainbows, and Indian Lake, rainbows, 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Indian Lake.
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