Outdoors notices: April 12
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• A season's-best 172 shooters turned out for this past week's Twi-Night Trap League shoot at Youngwood Sportsmen's Club. Gusty winds limited just seven shooters to recording perfect scores. Youngwood scored 195 to finish first, followed by Connellsville with 192, Ruffsdale with 191, Hecla with 190 and East Huntingdon with 188. On the year, Youngwood is in first palce with 18 points. Connellsville is in second with 15, Hecla third with 11.5, Ruffsdale fourth with 11 and East Huntingdon fifth with 5.5. Thursday's shoot will be at Hecla Sportsmen's Club.
Hunter safety courses
Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at www.pgc.state.pa.us.
• Burnt Ridge Bow and Gun Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 50.
• Fairhope Rod and Gun Club, Fayette County, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 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.
• Fairbank Rod and Gun Club, Fayette County, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10. Class limit 50.
• 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.
• Youngwood Sportsmen's Association, Westmoreland County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 31. Class limit 45.
• Aliquippa Bucktails, Beaver County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7. Class limit 40.
• Daisytown Sportsmen, Cambria County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7. Class limit 50.
• Rossiter Sportsmen's Club, Indiana County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7. Class limit 40.
• Gander Mountain, Washington County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7. Class limit 50.
• Gilpin Rifles Inc., Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14. Class limit 20.
• Blue Goose Sportsmen's Club, Cambria County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14. Class limit 50.
• Ross Township Recreation Center, Allegheny County, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 15. Class limit 75.
• Murrysville Gun Club, Westmoreland County, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 21 and 22. Class limit 50.
• Gobbler's Know Hunting Preserve, Beaver County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21. Class limit 40.
• McKeesport Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21. Class limit 50.
• Kingston Veteran's and Sportsmen's Club, Westmoreland County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 28. Class limit 55.
• Northern Cambria Civil Defense, Cambria County, noon to 7 p.m. June 29. Class limit 30.
Successful turkey hunting course
• Burnt Ridge Bow and Gun Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 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 www.pgc.state.pa.us.
• Gander Mountain, Washington County, 6 to 9 p.m. May 20. Class limit 45.
• Connellsville Sportsmen's Association, Fayette County, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. June 28. Class limit 40.
Cable restraint classes
Note: All cable restraint courses require preregistration at www.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.
Successful bowhunter classes
Note: All successful bowhunter classes require preregistration at www.pgc.state.pa.us.
• Police Rod and Gun Club, Westmoreland County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3. Class limit 30.
• Allison Park Sportsmen's annual Dan Wagner Memorial Kid's Fishing Day will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on May 10 at Rochester Grove in North Park. Children can register between noon and 1 p.m. and check fish in to be measured until 4 p.m. There will be hot dogs and drinks for children and adults, and kids ages 2 to 12 who catch a fish will get a prize. Door prizes will be awarded to all young anglers, regardless of whether they got a fish, too. For information, contact Rich Simmen at 412-487-2873, Joe Landefeld at 412-487-3150, Sam Bacco at 412-372-6826 or Frank Zurawka at 412-782-2316.
• Bull Creek Rod and Gun Club in Tarentum will hold a “women in the outdoors” event on May 31 for women ages 14 and older. It's a chance for ladies to learn about archery, shotgunning, handguns, rifle marksmanship, survival skills, self defense, developing a connection with nature, managing stress, developing a garden tic-tac-toe game and building water bottle suncatchers. Participants can pick up to four of those classes to attend, though the number of participants per class is limited and taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is $15 for those ages 14 to 18 and $55 for others. That includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and a membership in the National Wild Turkey Federation. The event will be held regardless of weather. For information or registration, contact Lori Lojak at 724-224-4182 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Anglers are invited to attend a free crappie fishing seminar scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. May 15 at Pymatuning State park's environmental classroom at the Jamestown Marina. The seminar will focus on special techniques, including “spider rigging” (a multiple pole, slow-troll technique), “single pole dipping” (akin to bass pitching but for crappies), “shootin,'” (a technique to sling-shot baits into hard to reach areas) and practical use of DownVu/SideVu scanning sonar in crappie fishing. Presentations will be offered by a panel of expert pro-staff anglers from several major tackle companies. The event is free, but fishermen must register and get a ticket in advance. Free tickets can be picked up at Espyville Outdoors in Espyville, Richter's General Store in Linesville and Jigger Tackle in Franklin. Door prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the event.
• Noted white-tailed deer expert Charles Alsheimer will be the guest speaker at the 42nd annual Good Friday family prayer breakfast set for 7 a.m. Friday at the Greensburg Ramada Hotel and Conference Center. He will do a slide show and talk about deer through the seasons. Tickets are $16 and must be purchased by April 11 by visiting Hillview Motors on Route 30 East of Kaylor Displays at 820 Sidney St., both in Greensburg, or by calling Boice Bailey at 724-689-3305 or 724-836-2975.
• California University of Pennsylvania will hold its 19th annual Pike Run youth fishing festival from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Rotary Park, off Route 88 in California. The free event is open to boys and girls 15 and younger. A parent, guardian or other responsible adult must accompany children younger than 13. Participants may bring their own fishing gear or borrow it on site. Guides will be on hand to offer instruction, too. Kids will be able to fish for about 600 rainbow, brook, brown and golden trout, some as long as 24 inches. There will also be food and entertainment, raffles, and vendors selling food and gear. Kids can help stock the stream at 2 p.m. Friday.
Shoots on tap
• Rochester Sportsmen's Club will hold a 3D archery shoot on April 27, with registration from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Ed Scherer at 724-776-5184. The club will also hold a sporting clays shoot on May 24, with registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Jerry Hooks at 724-601-6964. The club is located at 181 Sportsmen Lane in Rochester. Visit www.rochestersportsmenclub.com.
• Dunbar Sportsmen's Club will hold a ham and turkey shoot for shotguns and .22s at 1 p.m. Sunday at the clubhouse. Refreshments will be available and all are welcome.
• Shaner Sportsmen's Club will hold a women-only shooting event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 4. Ladies can try shooting trap, pistol, rifle and muzzleloader, bringing their own guns or borrowing guns on site. Lunch and drinks will be available for purchase. The event is free, but preregistration is required by calling 724-872-8431. The club is also holding a running deer shoot starting at 10 a.m. on May 18. Bring your rifle and shells; the shot closest to the heart wins. The club also holds trap practice from 5 to 8 p.m. on Fridays. It is open to the public. The club is located at 146 Stewart Lane in Irwin. Visit www.shanersc.com for directions or call 724-872-8431 or the clubhouse at 724-446-1313.
• The Wildlife For Everyone Foundation will hold its third annual sporting clays classic on May 20 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, with registration starting at 9 a.m. Cost is $125 and includes a 100-bird shoot, dinner, use of a cart and awards. There will be other contests and games, too. Non-shooters can attend for $50. Sponsor packages and practice rounds are available. Call 814-238-8138 or email email@example.com.
• Prime Total Archery Challenge will hold a 3D archery shoot on May 16 to 18 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. There will be 100-plus targets and four different courses, including the “Prime” western course featuring long distance and extreme shots. There will also be a 3D pop up course and a long distance competition featuring a truck as the grand prize. Cost is $45 for a one-day pass, $60 for a two-day and $75 for a three-day. Kids ages 13 to 17 pay $15, $25 and $35 respectively. Kids 12 and younger can get in for $10 or $20, which includes a T-shirt. Non-shooter day passes are $10. For information or registration, visit totalarcherychallenge.com.
• Saltsburg Sportsmen's Club will hold a 3-D archery shoot on May 4, with registration from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for youths; cubs and women shoot for free on this day. There will be awards in all classes and food and refreshments will be available. Call 724-639-0360.
• King Solomon's Lodge No. 346 will hold a benefit sporting clays shoot on June 7 at Hunting Hills Shooting Preserve in Dilliner. Registration will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m., with shooting starting at 9:30. Cost is $100 and includes 100 sporting clays, dinner, door prizes and skills competitions, with a $400 gift certificate for the top shooter among them. There will be five-stand and wobble trap, too. Sponsor packages are available and non-shooters can attend the dinner for $25. Checks payable to King Solomon's Lodge No. 346 can be sent to Jeff Wonderling, 6390 Thompson Road, Export, PA 15632. For information, call 724-324-2738.
• 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 5-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 www.irwinsportsmen.com.
• East Huntingdon Sportsmen's Association will hold a 3D archery shoot on May 4, with registration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for juniors ages 12 to 16 and free to kids 11 and younger. The kitchen will be open. The club also 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'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 www.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 www.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 www.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 5-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 www.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 next week. 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 and 4, browns and rainbows, next week; Pine Creek, sections 2, 4, 5 and 7, browns and rainbows, 1 p.m. Monday, North Park Lake boathouse; Deer Creek, sections 3 and 4, browns and rainbows, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Harmarville exist of Route 28, at intersection of routes 28 and 910; Big Sewickley Creek, browns and rainbows, and Montour Run, brows and rainbows, 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, exit 22/Wexford, I-79; North Park Lake, rainbows, 1 p.m. Saturday, North Park Lake boathouse.
• Armstrong: Cowanshannock Creek, brooks and browns, next week; Mahoning Creek, browns and rainbows, and Plum Creek, browns and rainbows, noon Tuesday, Conemaugh Township building, Route 286, west of Clarksburg; Cherry Run, brooks and browns, 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Keystone Bait and Tackle, Route 210, Elderton.
• Beaver: North Fork Little beaver Creek, browns and rainbows, next week; Brush Creek Park Pond, rainbows, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Darlington Post Office, Route 551; Big Sewickley Creek, browns and rainbows, North Fork Big Sewickley Creek, browns and rainbows, and Montour Run, brows and rainbows, 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, exit 22/Wexford, I-79.
• Bedford: Evitts Creek, browns and rainbows, and Koon Lake, rainbows, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jackie's Country Store, Route 220, Centerville; Clear Creek, section 4, browns and rainbows, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Lower Landmark Restaurant, Route 30, Bedford.
• Butler: Connoquenessing Creek, browns and rainbows, and Little Connoquenessing Creek, browns and rainbows, next week.
• Cambria: Laurel Run (tributary to the Conemaugh River), brooks and browns, and Laurel Run (tributary to South Fork of the Little Conemaugth river), brooks and browns, next week; Hinckston Run, brooks and browns, North Branch Blacklick Cree, browns and rainbows, and Stewart Run, browns and rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Lake Rowena, off Route 22 west by Ebensburg; Bens Creek, brooks and browns, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Bear Rock Sportsmen's Club, on Route 53 between Portage and Lilly; Lake Rowena, rainbows, Little Paint Creek, brooks and browns, and Elton Sportsman's Dam, rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Lake Rowena, off Route 22 west by Ebensburg.
• Clarion: Cathers Run, brooks and browns, and Mill Creek (tributary to the Clarion River), brooks, 11 a.m. Friday, Sigel Post Office, intersection of routes 949 and 36.
• Fayette: Big Sandy Creek, brooks and browns, Mill Run, brooks and browns, and Meadow Run, section 5, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Wharton Township building, Route 381; Yough River, browns and rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Yough Dam office; Dunlap Creek Lake, rainbows, 11 a.m. Saturday, at the lake.
• Indiana: Blacklegs Creek, rainbows, noon Tuesday, Conemaugh Township building, Route 286, west of Clarksburg; Blue Spruce Lake, rainbows, Yellow Creek, section 2, brooks and browns, and Yellow Creek, section 4, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nolo, Route 422.
• Lawrence: Little Neshannock Creek, browns and rainbows, 10 a.m. Monday, intersection of I-79 and Route 62; Bessemer Lake, rainbows, and Cascade Quarry, rainbows, 11 a.m. Saturday, Bessemer Lake, Route 317.
• Somerset: Beaverdam Creek, browns and rainbows, Piney Run, brooks, and Clear Shade Creek, section 2, brooks and browns, 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Ogletown, Route 56; Elklick Creek, brooks and browns, and Flaugherety Creek, brooks and browns, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Meyersdale, Route 219; Jones Mill Run, brooks and browns, and Laurel Hill Creek, section 4, browns and rainbows, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, CoGo's Route 31, Bakersville; Yough River, browns and rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Yough Dam office; Kooser Lake, rainbows, Kooser Run, section 2, browns and rainbows, and Laurel Hill Lake, rainbows, 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Kooser lake parking lot.
• Washington: Little Chartiers Creek, browns and rainbows, next week; Millers Run, browns and rainbows, and Mingo Creek, browns and rainbows, 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Carlton Hotel, first exit after Bentleyville on I-70.
• Westmoreland: Upper Twin Lake, rainbows, and Lower Twin lake, rainbows, 11:30 a.m. Friday, at the lower lake; Donegal Lake, rainbows, noon Saturday, Donegal Lake parking lot.
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