Outdoor notices: Nov. 9, 2014
• Irwin Post 228 is, for the first time, in first place in the Pittsburgh and Suburban Rifle League. Two weeks into the season, the squad is 2-0, most recently having earned a 1,469-1,315 win over Murrysville (0-2). Frazier-Simplex, the league's defending champion, is 1-1 and in a four-way tie for second place, having dropped a 1,478-1,473 decision to Dormont-Mt. Lebanon (1-1) in Week 2 action. Allegheny (1-1) used a 1,396-1,388 win over Green Valley (1-1) to knot things up in the early going. Dean Trew of Domront-Mt. Lebanon fired a 298 to post the week's highest score, while teammate Amy Smith was high lady with a 296. Three shooters — Kaitlin Korinek and Autumn Altman of Irwin Post 228 and Morgan Duerr of Frazier-Simplex — shot 295s to be the top juniors, while Cal Roberts of Green Valley was high senior with a 291.
• Butler (3-0) posted the overall high team score in a 1,180-1,167 win over Kiski (1-2) in the Allegheny Valley Rifle League A-team standings. Murrysville (2-1), meanwhile, dropped Fort Hand to 0-3 with a 1,175-1,146 win. Among the B-teams, Murrysville is on top at 3-0, followed by Butler (2-1), Kiski (1-2) and Fort Hand (0-3). Kevin Dufford of Butler fired a 298 to post the week's top score, while teammates Bob Doverspike and Cami Tack were the top senior and top junior with scores of 295 and 290, respectively.
Hunter safety courses
Note: All hunter safety courses require preregistration at pgc.state.pa.us.
• Jennings Environmental Education Center, Butler County, 5-9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
• Gander Mountain, Cambria County, noon-6:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Class limit 30.
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, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. Class limit 45.
• The Pittsburgh Chapter of Safari Club International will have a Safari Night at the Duquesne Club on Nov. 19. Cocktails start at 6 p.m., with dinner in the grand ballroom at 7 p.m. Jennifer Craig-Brewster, a native of the Pittsburgh suburbs who earned degrees from Slippery Rock and Kent State and now works for the National Rifle Association as advancement officer for the northeast region of the United States, will be the guest speaker. The public is welcome to attend. Cost is $75 per person, with reservation required by Wednesday. For tickets, visit safariclubpittsburgh.org .
• The Covered Bridge Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will have a fundraising conservation and sportsmen's banquet Wednesday at Bella Sera By Greco's, 414 Morganza Road in Canonsburg. Doors open at 5:15 p.m., with dinner at 7:15 p.m. There will be live and silent auctions, games, drawings and door prizes. Proceeds benefit habitat projects for grouse, woodcock and other species. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple; sponsor packages are also available. Call Lisa Rossi at 724-693-9032.
• Len Lichvar, district 4 commissioner of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of Tri-County Trout Club. It's set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. He will discuss creation of the state's newest tailwater fishery on Quemahoning Creek, the decrease in the cost of a fishing license, the call for an increase in the cost of trout stamps, and the stocking of Class A trout streams. Admission is free for club members and children younger than 12; all others get in for $3. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
• The Pittsburgh Chapter of Safari Club International will have its Outfitters, Exhibitors and Awards evening Jan. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Pittsburgh International Airport. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and awards at 7:30 p.m. Members can enter trophies for judging, and all can meet with and talk to outfitters from around the world offering hunts. Cost is $50 per person and reservations are required by Jan. 9 at safariclubpittsburgh.org.
Shoots on tap
• Shaner Sportsmen's Club, 146 Stewart Lane, Irwin, has trap practice from 5-8 p.m. Fridays. It is open to the public. Call 724-872-8431 or the clubhouse at 724-446-1313.
• Richland Sportsmen's Association will have a lucky X paper plate turkey shoot starting at 11 a.m. Nov. 16 using .22-caliber scattershot ammunition. Cost is $2 per shot; using your own rifle or one provided.
• Kelly Station Sportsmen in Bethel will have a ham and turkey shotgun shoot from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 16, with a special contest; the closest shot being awarded a deer processing service. A Christmas shoot is tentatively planned for Dec 14.
• 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 has CMP shoots from 9-11 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month. There are indoor 3-D archery shoots from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays. Cost is $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 12-16 and free to those 11 and younger and 65 and older. Skeet and five-stand shoots are 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and on sporting clays Sundays. All events are open to the public. Call 724-863-9941.
• Irwin Sportsmen's Association has action pistol shoots at 4 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month; cost is $3 for three rounds. There are pistol pin shoots at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays for $3, and NRA silhouette shoots starting at 9:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month. Cost is $4 for practice rounds and $7 to compete. A ladies pistol league that includes basic and self defense instruction shoots at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Cost is $5. All events are open to the public. Visit irwinsportsmen.com or call John Reed at 724-864-2488.
• East Huntingdon Sportsmen's Association has trap practice at 7 p.m. Mondays. Cost is $3 for a round of 25 birds. The public is welcome. The club also is has 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, has trap shoots from 6-10 p.m. Wednesdays and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, skeet shoots from 6-10 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays and five-stand from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays. Contact: call 724-935-9963 or visit millvalesportsmens.com.
• South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club has trap shooting at 5 p.m. Mondays. The public is welcome.
• The Lawrence County Sportsman's Association in Wampum opens its shotgun and .22 rifle ranges to the public starting at 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. Call 724-652-1075.
• California Hill Gun Club has 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 has open trap nights at 6 p.m. Fridays. The public is welcome to use the lighted ranges. The full kitchen is open for all events.
• Sutersville Sportsmen's Club has 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 has trap and skeet practice from 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays. All shooters and the public are welcome. Instruction is available.
• Rostraver Sportsmen and Conservation Association has big bore pistol and .22 longrifle shoots from 6-9 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 has trap practice at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. The public is invited to all events.
• Hecla's trap range is open for practice from 5-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The public is welcome. Call 724-423-6090 after 2 p.m.
• Fort Hand Rifle Club in North Vandergrift has an ARA-sanctioned smallbore benchrest shoot on the second Saturday of every month. The club also has an NRA-sanctioned smallbore metallic silhouette match on the second Sunday of every month. Call 724-726-9580.
• Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen's Club has 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 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. the first and third Sundays of the month; trap shoots from 7-10 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 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. The adult league shoots from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Call Mike Hela at 724-938-3500 or the club at 724-938-9080 on Wednesdays and Sundays.
• Vandergrift Sportsmen's Association has five-stand sporting clays shoots from 4 p.m. until dark Wednesdays at its club grounds on Sportsmen Drive in Washington Township. Cost is $4 per round. Call 724-478-2129.
• Youngwood Sportsmen's Association has trap shoots 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays and 6-10:30 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 has five-stand shoots 4-9 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays. The trap ranges are open 4:30-9 p.m. Thursdays.
• East Monongahela Sportsmen's Club has 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 7-11 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Call 724-327-9315 or 724-327-0592.
• McDonald Sportsmen's Association has trap and skeet practice from 7-10 p.m. Thursdays. The public is welcome. Call 724-796-2271 or visit mcdonaldsportsmen.com.
• Clairton Sportsmen's Club has skeet shoots and practice from 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, 5 -10 p.m. Wednesdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. The trap league and practice are 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.