Outdoor notices: March 29
• Shooting at home, Connellsville won week two of the Twi-Night Trap League, outdistancing runner-up Youngwood. Hecla finished third, Ruffsdale fourth and East Huntingdon fifth. A total of 151 shooters turned out overall. Fourteen recorded perfect scores of 25. On the season, Youngwood remains in first place with nine points, followed by Connellsville, Hecla, Ruffsdale and East Huntingdon.
• Frazier-Simplex (14-1) fittingly fired the top score in the final week of Pittsburgh and Suburban Rifle League action, downing Green Valley (8-7), 1,479-1,474, to take the league title. Dormont-Mt. Lebanon (13-2) finished second overall after beating Murrysville (2-13), 1,478-1,464, while Allegheny (3-12) beat Irwin Post 228 (5-10), 1,429-1,418. John Husk of Frazier-Simplex fired a 299 for the week's top score. Amy Smith of Dormont-Mt. Lebanon was high lady with a 298, Logan Charles of Green Valley was high junior with a 297 and Murrysville's John Funk, Frazier-Simplex's Jim Husk and Jim Mounts were high seniors with matching 291s.
Hunter safety courses
Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us.
• Rostraver Sportsmen's Association, Westmoreland County, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 35.
• Apollo-Spring Church Sportsmen's Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 60.
• Gander Mountain, Cambria County, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 30.
• Bear Rock Sportsmen's Club, Cambria County, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 75.
• Montgomery Township Rod and Gun Club, Indiana County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 60.
• Paris Sportsmen's Club, Washington County, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 75.
• Haydentown Fire Hall, Fayette County, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 50.
• Collier Sportsmen's Club, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 50.
• East Monongahela Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 40.
• Rockwood American Legion, Somerset County, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 60.
• Gander Mountain, Washington County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 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.
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• Bull Creek Rod and Gun Club, Allegheny County, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 20.
• Collier Sportsmen's Club, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 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.
Independent 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.
• The Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will offer a workshop titled “Maintaining Your Tree Plantings” from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Loyalhanna Watershed Association's farm, located at 110 Andi Lane in Ligonier. Service Forester Mike DiRinaldo will discuss how to care for newly planted seedlings, going over problems like frost-heaving, vole damage, competition and invasive species. Wildlife biologist Tammy Colt will discuss funding opportunities available for landowners and benefits to wildlife. This is a free program, but pre-registration is required by contacting Cold at 814-233-2281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 Saturday. 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 at 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 serve 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.
• The fourth annual Fly Tyers Reunion will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday 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. For information, contact Justin Sparklin at 800-452-2223, ext. 7899, or 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.
• 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. 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, 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 will hold a meat shoot starting at noon on April 6. 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 30 to April 6. 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: Long Run, browns and rainbows, noon Tuesday, Mammoth Dam; Pine Creek, sections 2, 4 and 7, browns and rainbows, 1 p.m. Wednesday, North Park Lake boathouse; Lower Deer Lake, Middle Deer Lake, and Upper Deer Lake, rainbows, 12:30 p.m. Friday, Deer Lakes Park office.
• Armstrong: Cornplanter Run, brooks and browns, Patterson Creek, browns and rainbows, Scrubgrass Creek, brooks, and Huling Run, brooks, 11:15 a.m. Friday, Goheenville, at routes 66 and 28; Little Sandy Creek, brooks and browns, 11 a.m. Saturday, Cool Spring Post Office.
• Bedford: Clear Creek, section 2, rainbows, and section 4, bros and rainbows, 9:30 a.m. Friday, Everett Sportsmen's Club; Wills Creek, browns and rainbows, 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Hyndman Post Office, Route 96.
• Butler: Harbar Acres Lake, brooks and browns, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Boyers Sportsmen's Association, on Boyers Road, off Route 308; Cornplanter Run, brooks and browns, 11:15 a.m. April 4, Goheenville, at routes 66 and 28.
• Cambria: North Branch Blacklick Creek, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Thursday, Dairy Treat on Route 422 near Belsano; Chest Creek, section 2, brooks and rainbows, and sections 4 and 5, browns and rainbows, and Laurel Lick Run, browns and rainbows, 10:45 a.m. Saturday, PennDOT shed just outside of Patton, Route 36.
• Clarion: Redbank Creek, brooks and browns, 10:45 a.m. Monday, Plyler's Buffet and Family Restaurant.
• Fayette: Dunlap Creek Lake, rainbows, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sheetz, Route 40, west of Uniontown; Yough River, browns and rainbows, 10:30 a.m. April 3, Yough Lake office.
• Indiana: Brush Creek, brooks, South Branch Two Lick Creek, brooks and browns, Cush Creek, browns and rainbows, and Cush Cushion Creek, browns and rainbows, 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Glen Campbell, Route 286.
• Somerset: Wills Creek, section 2, browns and rainbows, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Hillbilly Haven Tavern, Route 96, one mile west of Fairhope Post Office; Laurel Hill Lake, rainbows, 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, dam breast parking lot; Yough River, browns and rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Yough Lake office; Brush Creek, browns and rainbows, and Shaffers Run, brooks and browns, 10 a.m. Friday, Hillbilly Haven Tavern, Route 96, one mile west of Fairhope Post Office.
• Washington: Aunt Clara Fork, browns and rainbows, Millers Run, browns and rainbows, and Kings Creek, browns and rainbows, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Casiola's Restaurant; Little Chartiers Creek, browns and rainbows, 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, park and ride, Route 519 north, about three miles off exit 25 off I-70.
• Westmoreland: Mammoth Dam, rainbows, noon Tuesday at the dam; Upper Twin Lake, rainbows, and Lower Twin Lake, rainbows, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, at the lower lake.