Outdoor notices: May, 18
• A rain-interrupted evening at this past week's Twi-Night Trap League shoot saw just six of 100 competitors record perfect scores. Hecla's team did well enough overall to post a 196 and win the week, though. Youngwood was second with 193, Connellsville third with 190, Ruffsdale fourth with 184 and East Huntingdon fifth with 173. For the season, Youngwood remains in first place with 36 points, but a gaining Hecla is second with 30. Connellsville is third with 29, Ruffsdale fourth with 22.5 and East Huntingdon fifth with 17.5. This week's shoot will be at Hecla.
Hunter safety courses
Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us.
• Star Junction Fish and Game, Fayette County, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Class limit 40.
• 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.
• Coraopolis District Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 1. Class limit 100.
• 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.
• Pine Creek Sportsmen's Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21. Class limit 50.
• Mountain Top Sportsmen's Club, Cambria County, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 21. Class limit 30.
• 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.
• Keystone Rod and Gun Club, Westmoreland County, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 21. Class limit 50.
• McKeesport Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21. Class limit 50.
• Parks Township Sportsmen's Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 28. Class limit 35.
• Kingston Veteran's and Sportsmen's Club, Westmoreland County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 28. Class limit 55.
• Keystone Sportsmen's Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 28. Class limit 40.
• Northern Cambria Civil Defense, Cambria County, noon to 7 p.m. June 29. Class limit 30.
• Freeport Sportsmen's Club, Armstrong County, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12. Class limit 40.
• Franklin Grange, Greene County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 12. Class limit 50.
• Elizabeth Township Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 13. Class limit 60.
• Ross Township Recreation Center, Allegheny County, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 13. Class limit 75.
• Bull Creek Rod and Gun Club, Allegheny County, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 19. Class limit 40.
• Springdale District Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26. Class limit 45.
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. Tuesday. Class limit 45.
• Raccoon Creek State Park, Beaver County, 6 to 9 p.m. June 17. Class limit 35.
• Connellsville Sportsmen's Association, Fayette County, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. June 28. Class limit 40.
• Gander Mountain, Washington County, 6 to 9 p.m. July 15. Class limit 45.
Successful bowhunter classes
Note: All successful bowhunter classes require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us.
• Coraopolis District Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 27. Class limit 30.
• Police Rod and Gun Club, Westmoreland County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3. Class limit 30.
• The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will hold a free basic boating course from 6 to 10 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday at the Butler Township building, located at 468 South Duffy Road in Butler. Students must attend both sessions to receive certification. Preregistration is required by calling Butler County Parks and Recreation at 724-284-5383 or Chad Foster at 814-683-5126.
• Northmoreland Park in Apollo will be the site of a free fishing derby Sunday. It will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with registration getting underway at 7:30 at the lakeside deck outside the activity center. First- and second-place trophies and prizes will be awarded for longest trout, longest carp and longest other fish of legal size in adult and youth divisions. There will be a “catch of the day” award, too, as well as door prizes for all contestants. You must register by noon to be eligible. Call 724-830-3950 or visit co.westmoreland.pa.us/parks.
• Yellow Creek State Park in Indiana County will hold a special fishing program during the first of Pennsylvania's two “Fish for Free” days from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 26. On those days, people can try fishing without first having to buy a license. Meet at the boat rental in the main day-use area. Equipment will be provided to those who need it. Call 724-357-7913.
• The annual Burrell Lake Park kids fishing derby in Westmoreland County will be held on June 7, with registration from 7 to 9 a.m. The derby itself will run from 9 to 11 a.m., with the awarding of prizes from 11:30 a.m. to noon. It's all free to kids 15 and younger. The day will include grab bags and lunch for all kids and prizes for the longest fish in various categories. There will be some loaner rods and bait available or bring your own. Call 724-335-2679.
• 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 Tuesday. 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.
• 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.
• Jefferson County's 20th annual youth field day is set for June 7 at Reynlow Park in Reynoldsville. It will start at 7:30 a.m. and include chances for kids to try shooting sports, archery, canoeing and more. It's all free, and lunch, hats, shirts and prizes, but preregistration is required at pgc.state.pa.us.
Shoots on tap
• Rochester Sportsmen's Club will hold a 3D archery shoot May 25, with registration from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Ed Scherer at 724-776-5184. The club, at 181 Sportsmen Lane in Rochester, will also hold a sporting clays shoot Saturday, with registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Jerry Hooks at 724-601-6964. Visit rochestersportsmenclub.com.
• Shaner Sportsmen's Club is holding a running deer shoot starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Bring your rifle and shells; the shot closest to the heart wins. The club, 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 30 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.
• Saltsburg Sportsmen's Club will hold a 3-D archery shoot on June 1, with registration from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for youths; cubs 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 June 29, 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 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, 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 has a 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.
• 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 May 19 to 25. 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: Little Sandy Creek, brooks and browns, 11 a.m. Monday, Cool Spring Post Office.
• Butler: Slippery Rock Creek, section 2, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Friday, at routes 19 and 108.
• Fayette: Yough River, browns and rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Yough Dam office.
• Indiana: Little Mahoning Creek, sections 2 and 3, brooks and browns, 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Rochester Mills Presbyterian Church.
• Lawrence: Slippery Rock Creek, sections 2 and 3, browns and rainbows, 11 a.m. Friday, at routes 19 and 108.
• Somerset: Kooser Lake, rainbows, Kooser Run, section 2, browns and rainbows, and Laurel Hill Creek, section 2, browns and rainbows, 10:15 a.m. Monday, Kooser Lake parking lot; McClintock Run, brooks and browns, Whites Creek, brooks and browns, and Yough River, browns and rainbows, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Yough Dam office.