Outdoor notices: March 22
• The Twi-Night Trap League began its season this past week, on a night when the weather was so bad only four shooters recorded perfect scores. Still, Youngwood Sportsmen's Association shot a combined 195 to pick up its first win of the year. Ruffsdale Gun Club finished second with a 190, followed by Connellsville Sportsmen's Association with 187 and East Huntingdon Sportsmen and Hecla Sportsmen, with matching 184s.
On the season, Youngwood has five points, Ruffsdale four, Connellsville three and East Huntingdon and Hecla 1.5 each. The next shoot is March 27 at Connellsville.
• Butler was always close, but could never quite topple Murrysville in the Allegheny Valley Rifle League A-team standings this year, and that was never truer than on the final week of the season. Murrysville (17-1) beat Butler (13-5) to pick up another win, but did it by only a single point, 1,176-1,175. Fort Hand (1-17), meanwhile, picked up its first win of the year on the final week, recording a 1,166-1,155 victory over Kiski (5-13). Butler (15-3) did take over first place in the B-team standings, though, finishing ahead of Murrysville (14-4), Kiski (5-13) and Fort Hand (2-16). Four Murrysville shooters took the week's top honors. Ray Harvey had the high score with a 299, while John Funk was high senior with a 293, Jack Graw was high junior with a 293 and Morgan Kelsey was high female with a 287.
Hunter safety courses
Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us.
• Springdale District Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 40.
• Rostraver Sportsmen's Association, Westmoreland County, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5. Class limit 35.
• Apollo-Spring Church Sportsmen's Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5. Class limit 60.
• Gander Mountain, Cambria County, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 5. Class limit 30.
• Bear Rock Sportsmen's Club, Cambria County, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 5. Class limit 75.
• 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.
• East Monongahela Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5. Class limit 40.
• Rockwood American Legion, Somerset County, 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 3 and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5. Class limit 60.
• Gander Mountain, Washington County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5. Class limit 50.
• Irwin Sportsmen's Association, Westmoreland County, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 6. Class limit 40.
• Ryerson Station State Park, Greene County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12. Class limit 40.
• 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.
• Wilmore Sportsmen's Club, Cambria County, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 26. Class limit 35.
• McDonald Sportsmen's Association, Washington County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26. Class limit 80.
• Indian Creek Valley Community Center, Fayette County, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26. Class limit 50.
• Ambridge Sportsmen's Club, Beaver County, 5:30 to 9 p.m. April 28 and 29. Class limit 40.
• Clairton Sportsmen's Club, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 3. Class limit 80.
• Twin Rocks-Cardiff Sportsmen's Club, Cambria County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3. Class limit 55.
• Elizabeth Township Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 4. Class limit 60.
• Wilderness Wildlife Museum, Westmoreland County, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 4. Class limit 15.
• Heilwood Sportsmen's Club, Indiana County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10. Class limit 60.
• Smokey Valley Sportsmen's Club, Cambria County, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10. Class limit 25.
• Cresson Sportsmen's Club, Cambria County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10. Class limit 40.
• Pitcairn-Monroeville Sportsmen's Club, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11. Class limit 100.
• Ford City Sportsmen's Association, Armstrong County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17. Class limit 40.
• Patton Sportsmen's Club, Cambria County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18. Class limit 25.
• Barr Township Rod and Gun Club, Cambria County, noon to 7 p.m. May 18. Class limit 30.
• Moss Creek Rod and Gun Club, Cambria County, noon to 7 p.m. May 31. Class limit 50.
Turkey hunting courses
• Pine Run Sportsmen's Club, Beaver County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 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.
• State game lands 223 maintenance building, Greene County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13. Class limit 20.
• 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.
Hunter safety courses
Note: All independent hunter safety courses require eight to 10 hours of advance study and preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us.
• Gander Mountain, Washington County, 6 to 9 p.m. May 20. Class limit 45.
Cable restraint classes
Note: All cable restraint courses require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us.
• Mt. Pleasant Fur Buyers and Trapping Supplies, Westmoreland County, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. May 18 (students need attend just one session). Class limit 30 for each class.
• Tri-County Trout Club will conduct its annual cleanup of Deer Creek and Emmerling Community Park on Saturday with a rain date of April 5. Volunteers, who need not be members of the club, should meet at 7:30 a.m. at the park, located off Route 910 in Indiana Township. The club will provide coffee, hot chocolate and donuts in the morning and lunch around noon. Garbage bags and other supplies will be provided, but bring gloves and dress in clothes that can get dirty. Hip boots can be helpful, too. For information, call 724-337-1496 or email DonStanko@comcast.net.
• The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will host its annual Linesville State Fish Hatchery open house from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 5. A variety of activities are scheduled, including basic fly casting and tying, a kids casting skills area, fish aging, basic knot tying and more. Children can make a fish-print T-shirt for $3, and fishing licenses, books, posters and patches will be available for sale. There will also be walleye spawning, filleting and cooking demonstrations. Admission is free and shuttle service from parking areas to the visitor center will be provided. The hatchery is located at 13300 Hartstown Road, Linesville.
• Blackleggs Creek Watershed Association and Cooperative Trout Nursery will hold a wild game breakfast starting at 4 a.m. on April 12, which is opening day of trout season in Western Pennsylvania. It will be held at Blackleggs Memorial Park, located at the corner of Shrokman and Cribbs Roads in Young Township, Indiana County. Donations of all types of wild game and breakfast foods, including eggs, bread, pancake mix, sweets, syrups, fruits, vegetables including potatoes, onions and peppers, and drinks are being accepted now through the day of the event. Raw wild game donations should be labeled and frozen. All food provided at this event is donated and will be shared with everyone. Most of the cooking will be done on site, but pre-prepared wild game dishes will be entered into a contest for Best Wild Game Dish to be judged by event organizers and IUP culinary students. Primitive camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To donate or for directions to the breakfast, contact Anne Daymut at email@example.com or 724-664-8893.
• The organizers of the Laurel Highlands Trout Trail will kick off the trail's season with an opening reception set for 7 p.m. on April 8 at the Lincoln Highway experience at 3435 Route 30 in Latrobe. The award-winning documentary “Trout Grass,” which shows the 10,000-mile journey of bamboo from China to Montana as a fly rod, will be shown. Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited will have a display, too. Cost is $7 per person and preregistration is required by calling 724-879-4241 before March 31. Space is limited.
• Keystone State Park in New Alexandria, Westmoreland County, will hold an “opening day snack and slurp sale” from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 12, opening day of trout season in Western Pennsylvania. The park's Friends group will conduct the sale, and all proceeds benefit efforts to maintain the park. It will take place at the boat rental building.
• Damian Kuzmin of Bay Rat Lures will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Pittsburgh Downriggers Club, set for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Coraopolis Sportsmen's Club. For information or directions, visit pittsburghdownriggersclub.com
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• California University of Pennsylvania's student chapter of The Wildlife Society will host its 17th annual outdoor bash and wild game dinner at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Richeyville Fire Hall in Richeyville. 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 email@example.com or Kaitlyn Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shoots on tap
• Dunbar Sportsmen's Club will hold a ham and turkey shoot for shotguns and .22s at 1 p.m. on March 23 at the clubhouse. Refreshments will be available and all are welcome.
• 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 weekend indoor archery shoot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The shoot will feature 30 Rinehart targets. Cost is $10 for those 16 and older, $5 for those 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.
• 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.
• 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 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 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 24-30 30. 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: North Park Lake, rainbows, 1 p.m. Wednesday, North Park Lake boathouse.
• Armstrong: Glade Run, brooks, browns and rainbows, noon Saturday, Worthington Fire Hall parking lot, Route 422.
• Beaver: Brush Creek Park Pond, rainbows, South Branch Brady Run, section 2, rainbows, and South Branch Brady Run, section 3, browns and rainbows, noon Tuesday, Bradys Run Park office at the ice arena, Route 51; Raccoon Lake, rainbows, noon Friday, Raccoon Creek State Park office, Route 18.
• Bedford: Yellow Creek, sections 4 and 5, rainbows, and section 7, browns and rainbows, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, New Frontier Restaurant, Route 36, Loysburg; Bobs Creek, sections 3 and 4, brooks and browns, 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Reynoldsdale fish hatchery.
• Butler: North Branch Slippery Rock Creek, brooks and browns, 10:30 a.m. Monday, Boyers Sportsmen's Association, on Boyers Road, off Route 308; Thorn Creek, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Tuesday, first bridge downstream of the dam at Lake Oneida, on Hoon Road; Buffalo Creek, section 2, browns and rainbows, and Little Buffalo Run, browns and rainbows, 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Worthington Fire Hall parking lot, Route 422.
• Cambria: Howells Run, browns and rainbows, Noels Creek, brooks and browns, and North Branch Little Conemaugh River, browns and rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Keystone Restaurant, off Route 22 west; Duman Lake, rainbows, and Stewart Run, brooks and browns, 11 a.m. Friday, at Lake Rowena, off Route 22 west, Ebensburg.
• Clarion: Beaver Creek, browns and rainbows, Richey Run, browns and rainbows, Turkey Run, brooks and browns, and Canoe Creek, brooks and browns, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, exit 64, at Route 66 and I-80.
• Fayette: Virgin Run Lake, rainbows, 11 a.m. Friday, at the lake.
• Greene: Enlow Fork, browns and rainbows, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, East Finley township building, at Route 231 and Templeton Run Road.
• Lawrence: Little Neshannock Creek, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Monday, at Route 62 and I-79; Deer Creek, browns and rainbows, and Hickory Run, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Bessemer Lake, Route 317; Slippery Rock Creek, sections 3 and 4, 11 a.m. Thursday, at routes 19 and 108.
• Somerset: Elklick Creek, brooks and browns, Miller Run, brooks, and Flaugherty Creek, brooks and browns, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Meyersdale Fire Co., business Route 219; Laurel Hill Creek, section 7, browns and rainbows, and Middle Creek, browns and rainbows, 10:15 a.m. Thursday, New Centerville Fire Hall, Route 281.
• Washington: Enlow Fork, browns and rainbows, and Templeton Fork, browns and rainbows, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, East Finley Township building, at Route 231 and Templeton Run Road; Canonsburg Lake, rainbows, 1 p.m. Tuesday, at the township road that crosses the lake, off Route 19.
• Westmoreland: Hannas Run, rainbows, Mill Creek, rainbows, and Northmoreland Lake, rainbows, noon Tuesday, Loyalhanna Watershed Association office, Old Route 30, Ligonier.