Outdoor notices: April 19
• There were 167 shooters at Thursday's Twi-Night Trap League shoot, but high winds limited just six to perfect scores. As a team, Youngwood did well enough to shoot a 195 and pick up the five points that come with first place. Hecla shot a 190 to earn four points, Connellsville a 188 to earn three, Ruffsdale a 183 to earn two and East Huntingdon a 179 to earn one. On the season, Youngwood is in the lead with 23 points, followed by Hecla with 18, Connellsville with 15.5, Ruffsdale with 13 and East Huntingdon with 6.5. Next Thursday's shoot will be at East Huntingdon.
Hunter safety courses
Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us.
• Wilmore Sportsmen's Club, Cambria County, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 35.
• McDonald Sportsmen's Association, Washington County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 80.
• Indian Creek Valley Community Center, Fayette County, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 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
• 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.
• 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 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 pgc.state.pa.us.
• Police Rod and Gun Club, Westmoreland County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3. Class limit 30.
• There will be a free fishing derby from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 27 at Mammoth. Sponsored by the Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks and Recreation, the Westmoreland County Sportsmen's League and Gander Mountain, it will offer first- and second-place trophies for longest trout, longest carp and longest other fish of legal size in both adult and youth divisions. A trophy will also be awarded for the best “catch of the day.” A door prize drawing for all registered participants will wrap up the derby. Registration is free and begins at pavilion 12 at 7:15 a.m. All contestants must be registered by noon to be eligible for prizes. Call 724-830-3950 for information.
• The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold several family fishing festivals across the state in May and June for families to learn fishing skills. The events are designed for families with little or no fishing experience. Families will learn basic fishing skills and have an opportunity to practice those skills while fishing. Programs are set for 2 to 6 p.m. on May 17 at North Park Lake in Allegheny County and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 21 at Waterworks Pond in Presque Isle State Park in Erie County. The programs are open to everyone age 5 and older and adults do not need a fishing license to participate. The commission is providing all equipment, bait and tackle and instruction. Space is limited and preregistration is required by going to GoneFishingPa.com.
• Boy Scout Troop 375 of Ligonier is holding a fishing derby open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 1 at Camp Conestoga at 255 Conestoga Camp Road near Somerset. The troop is stocking catfish, trout and bluegills in the lake. The angler who lands the longest fish will win $200; there will be other prizes and tagged fish, too. Cost to enter is $20 per person. Space is limited, though, and registration is due by May 20. Proceeds will be used to further stock the lake. Email Dan Meharey at email@example.com for information.
• Cook Forest State Park will hold a free fishing rodeo for children 12 and younger from 1 to 3 p.m. on June 1. Tom's Run will have been freshly stocked; fishing will be allowed from the swinging bridge to the children's pond. Registration before the vent and prize giveaways after will be held at the park office. Call 814-744-8407.
• Harrison Hills County Parks near Natrona Heights will host a free family fishing day from 1 to 5 p.m. on May 4. Participants will learn basic fishing skills, such as knot tying, casting, bait options and how to take a fish off the hook, all at the hands of Fish and Boat Commission instructors. There will be time spent fishing, too. It's free and equipment is provided. Adults must bring a child, though, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration is required by calling 814-443-9841 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
• U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers will conduct free vessel safety checks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at Moon Township's municipal building, located at 1000 Beaver Grade Road. All recreational watercraft, like trailerable boats, personal watercraft, paddle craft, fishing boats and jon boats can be brought in for inspection. It takes only about 10 minutes for the examination. There will be children's activities on site, too, along with life jacket demonstrations. Contact Norman Arbes email@example.com or 412-298-9853 for information.
• 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. 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 set for 6 to 8 p.m. on 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), “shooting'” (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 may 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.
Shoots on tap
• Rochester Sportsmen's Club will hold a 3D archery shoot 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 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 rochestersportsmenclub.com.
• 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, located at 146 Stewart Lane in Irwin, 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.
• 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. 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 #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 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 will hold a 3D archery shoot 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, 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 will hold a meat shoot starting at noon 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. 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 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 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 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, for the week of April 21 to 27. 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.
• Armstrong: Buffalo Creek, sections 3 and 5, browns and rainbows, 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Worthington Fire Hall parking lot, Route 422.
• Beaver: Bradys Run Lake, rainbows, and South Branch Brady Run, browns and rainbows, 1 p.m. Saturday, at the park office.
• Bedford: Cove Creek, section 2, browns and rainbows, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Lower Landmark Restaurant, Route 30, Bedford; Raystown Branch Juniata River, browns and rainbows, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Lower Landmark Restaurant, Route 30, Bedford.
• Butler: Slippery Rock Creek, section 2, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Wednesday, routes 19 and 108; Buffalo Creek, section 3, browns and rainbows, 11:45 a.m. April 23, Worthington Fire Hall parking lot, Route 422; Bonnie Brook, browns and rainbows, Little Buffalo Run, brooks and browns, and Buffalo Creek, section 2, browns and rainbows, 11:15 a.m. Friday, Worthington Fire Hall parking lot, Route 422.
• Cambria: Clearfield Creek, browns and rainbows, and Killbuck Run, brooks and rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Ashville Post Office, Route 53; Chest Creek, sections 4 and 5, browns and rainbows, 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, PennDOT shed just outside of Patton, Route 36; Duman Lake, rainbows, 11 a.m. Saturday, at the dam.
• Clarion: East Sandy Creek, browns, Piney Creek, section 3, browns and rainbows, Piney Creek, section 4, brooks and browns, and Leatherwood Creek, browns and rainbows, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, exit 64, at I-80 and Route 66; Coon Creek, brooks, and Toms Run, brooks, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Cook Forest State Park, Route 36, Cooksburg.
• Fayette: Virgin Run Lake, rainbows, 11 a.m. Saturday, at the lake.
• Greene: Lake Wilma, rainbows, and Whiteley Creek, browns and rainbows, noon Tuesday, exit 2, at I-79 and Route 2018; Enlow Fork, browns and rainbows, and North Fork Dunkard Fork, sections 2 and 34, browns and rainbows, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Ryerson Station State Park office.
• Lawrence: Neshannock Creek, section 2, browns and rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Monday, bridge at Volant on Route 208; Slippery Rock Creek, sections 2, 3 and 4, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Wednesday, routes 19 and 108; Neshannock Creek, sections 3 and 4, browns and rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Friday, bridge at Volant on Route 208.
• Somerset: Bens Creek, rainbows, and South Fork Bens Creek, brooks, week of April 21; Laurel Hill Creek, section 5, browns and rainbows, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Laurel Hill Lake dam breast parking lot.
• Washington: Pike Run, sections 2, 3 and 4, 1 p.m. Friday, toll booth area off Route 43, of I-70; Enlow Fork, browns and rainbows, and Templeton Fork, browns and rainbows, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Ryerson Station State Park office; Dutch Fork Lake, rainbows, 1 p.m. Saturday, at the lake, about three miles west of Claysville off Route 40.
• Westmoreland: Loyalhanna Creek, sections 2, 4 and 5, browns and rainbows, week of April 21; Fourmile Run, section 3, browns and rainbows, Loyalhanna Creek, section 3, browns and rainbows, and Linn Run, brooks; 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Loyalhanna Watershed Association, Old Route 30, Ligonier; Indian Lake, rainbows, and Turtle Creek, browns and rainbows, noon Wednesday, Monroeville Municipal Park, Abers Creek Road; Keystone Lake, rainbows, and Northmoreland Lake, rainbows, 11 a.m. Saturday, at the park office; Mammoth Dam, rainbows, noon Saturday, at the lake.