Outdoor notices: March 15, 2014
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• Frazier-Simplex (13-1) may still win the Pittsburgh and Suburban Rifle league title, but it won't go undefeated after suffering a 1,482-1,479 loss to Dormont-Mt. Lebanon (12-2). Green Valley (8-6), picked up another win, downing Irwin Post 228 (5-9), 1460-1448, while Allegheny (2-12) beat Murrysville (2-12), 1,418-874. Tom Gerner of Dormont-Mt. Lebanon fired the week's top score, a 299. Amy Smith of Dormont-Mt. Lebanon was high lady with a 296, Jim Mounts of Frazier-Simplex was high senior with a 296 and Dormont-Mt. Lebanon's Nicholle Benedict and Green Valley's Logan Charles were high juniors with 295s.
Hunter safety courses
Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us.
• Indian Creek Valley Sportsmen's Association, Fayette County, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 50.
• Bull Creek Rod and Gun Club, Allegheny County, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 40.
• Ohio Township Nature Center, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 50.
• Midland Sportsmen's Club, Beaver County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 50.
• Marion Center Park Hall, Indiana County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 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.
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• 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.
• The fourth annual Fly Tyers Reunion will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on April 4 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort's Sporting Clays Lodge. The event will feature nationally recognized fly tyers, many of whom are also magazine and book authors, who will demonstrate their tying methods and skill in tying trout, bass and saltwater flies. Some of those scheduled to appear are Bob Clouser and Bob Clouser Jr., Tom Baltz, Bob Popovics, Eric Stroup, Scott Loughner, Dave Brant, Bob Meade, Don Bastian, Bob Patlin, Richard Regensburg, Jere Haldeman, Randy Buchanan, Chuck Furimsky , Dave Allbaugh and Andy Fresch. The event is open free to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss fly tying and fly fishing with all of the tyers. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. The resort is located at 777 Waterwheel Drive in Seven Springs, Somerset County. For information, contact Justin Sparklin at 800-452-2223, ext. 7899, or email@example.com.
• Tri Community Anglers Association is looking for assistance. The group works to improve Peters and Piney creeks in Jefferson and Park townships in Allegheny County, doing stream cleanups and stocking trout for public angling. The group also holds a kids' fishing day each September that attracts more than 100 youngsters. The group tries to make sure each child leaves with a prize or gift of some sort. To make that possible, it's asking for donations, whether that be hats, fishing tackle, tackle boxes or whatever. Donations of food that can be served to the kids, such as hot dogs, chips and drinks, are also being sought. Information on the group is available at its website, tcaa.peterscreek.org.
• Cal (Pa.)'s student chapter of The Wildlife Society will host its 17th annual outdoor bash and wild game dinner at 6 p.m. on March 29 at Richeyville Fire Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. In cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation, the chapter will offer a variety of game dishes, and raffle and door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. To get tickets, contact Carol Bocetti at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kaitlyn Kelly at email@example.com.
• The Twi-Night Trap League will kick off its 2014 season at 5 p.m. on Thursday at East Huntingdon Sportsmen's Association. All shooters are welcome.
• The Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold its 37th annual fundraising banquet Friday at Four Points Sheraton-Pittsburgh North, at 901 Sheraton Drive in 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.
Shoots on tap
• Shaner Sportsmen's Club is having a Lucky BB meat shoot starting at 10 a.m. Sunday. The BB closest to the crosshairs on a paper wins. Bring your own shotgun, but shells are provided. The trap houses will be open and the kitchen will be open. The club also 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, 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 Sunday and March 22 and 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 ages 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.
• Saltsburg Sportsmen's Club will hold a 3-D archery shoot on 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 hold an archer appreciation 3-D archery shoot for recurves, longbows and selfbows on Sunday 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 ages 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 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 p.m. 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 17 to 23. 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.
• Bedford: Beaver Creek, browns and rainbows, Sherman Valley Run, brooks and browns, and Maple Run, brooks, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, New Frontier Restaurant, Route 36, Loysburg; Town Creek, browns and rainbows, 9:45 a.m. Thursday, forestry shed, Chaneysville.
• Cambria: Chest Creek, section 3, browns and rainbows, 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, PennDOT shed just outside of Patton, Route 36; Bens Creek, brooks, Laurel Run (tributary to Coneamugh River), brooks and browns, Laurel Run (tributary to South Fork Little Conemaugh River), brooks and browns, and Hinckston Run, brooks and browns, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Bear Rock Sportsmen's Club, on Route 53 between Lilly and Portage; Elton Sportsmen's Dam, brooks and browns, Little Paint Creek, brooks, and Lake Rowena, rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Lake Rowena, off Route 22 west, Ebensburg.
• Fayette: Meadow Run, sections 3 and 5, brooks and browns, and Mill Run, brooks, Monday, Ohiopyle State park waterslide parking lot, Route 381.
• Indiana: Laurel Run, brooks, Yellow Creek, section 2, brooks, and section 4, browns and rainbows, and Little Yellow Creek, brooks and browns, 11 a.m. Thursday, Nolo, Route 422; Little Mahoning Creek, sections 2, 3 and 4, brooks and browns, and Mudlick Run, brooks and browns, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Rochester Mills Presbyterian Church.
• Somerset: Beaverdam Creek, browns and rainbows, and Stonycreek River, brooks, 9:45 a.m. Monday, Route 1001, Shanksville; Casselman River, brooks and browns, and Tub Mill Run, brooks, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Elk Lick Township building, Route 669, West Salisbury; Allen Creek, brooks, and Jones Mill Run, brooks, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, CoGo's, Route 31, Bakersville; Laurel Hill Creek, sections 4 and 5, brooks and browns, 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Laurel Hill Lake dam breast parking lot.
• Westmoreland: Fourmile Run, section 4, browns and rainbows, 11:30 a.m. Friday, Loyalhanna Watershed Association office, Old Route 30, Ligonier; Fourmile Run, section 3, browns and rainbows, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Loyalhanna Watershed Association office, Old Route 30, Ligonier.
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