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Outdoors notices: Jan. 10, 2016

Bob Frye
| Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, 8:27 p.m.

Rifle/trap leagues

• The teams in first through third place in the Pittsburgh and Suburban Rifle League picked up wins in Week 7 competition. Frazier-Simplex (6-1) beat Allegheny (1-6), 1,480-1,457, Dormont-Mt. Lebanon (6-1) beat Green Valley (0-7), 1,470-1,426. Murrysville (5-2) beat Irwin Post 228 (3-4), 1,471-1,453. Zac Szabo of Frazier-Simplex shot 299 to post the week's top score. Cal Roberts of Green Valley was high senior with a 298, and Matt Lovre of Irwin Post 228 was high junior with a 296. Sharing honors as top lady were Kaitlin Korinek of Irwin Post 228 and Sylvia Dreistadt of Frazier-Simplex with 294s.

Events

• PA's 1st Friends of the NRA will hold its 24th annual fundraising banquet Feb. 6 at Stratigo's Banquet Center at 131 Colonial Manor Road in North Huntingdon. Doors open at 4 p.m., with dinner to follow. There will be live and silent auctions, raffles, games, and more. Tickets are $70 per person, and there are several group and sponsor packages available. Contact Dale Emerick at 412-580-1642 or dale_emerick@agilent.com, or order them at friendsofnra.org.

• California Hill Gun Club is hosting its annual small game hunting classic Saturday. Hunters can compete as two-man grouse for $25 per team or three-man rabbit teams at $35 per team. There will be cash prizes up to $600 for the winners, and plenty of other prizes, too. All registered hunters also get a raffle ticket good for a chance at $100. There will be free food and other raffles. Pre-registration is required, and all game must be checked in by 7 p.m. To register, contact J.R. Anderson at 724-938-3480 after 3 p.m. Rules are available at californiahillgunclub.com.

• McDonald Sportsmen's Association fly-tying guild is hosting a beginner's fly-tying course at 7 p.m. over six Thursdays beginning Jan. 21. Cost is $50, though all those who attend the entire six weeks get a $20 refund. Instruction will cover the proper use of all necessary tools, an overview of tying materials and the techniques used to tie a variety of basic proven patterns. Tools and materials will be provided to those who need them. Class will be held at McDonald Sportsmen's Club. For information or to register, contact Jeff Armstrong at 412-596-9076 or jeffmfly@hotmail.com.

• Fayette Youth hunter Education Challenge is accepting registration. The program consists of shotgun, rifle, archery and muzzleloader shooting, hunter knowledge and animal identification. Weekly practices will be held Wednesday nights, with the goal of participating in state competition June 18 in State College. Boys and girls ages 11-18 can sign up at 6 p.m. Wednesday at South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club or by contacting Michelle Williams at 724-289-7152.

• The 5-Town Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold its annual fundraising banquet 4 p.m. Jan. 30 at Park Inn, located at 700 W. Main St. in Uniontown. There will be raffles, games, live and silent auctions and more. Tickets are $55 per youth, $70 per adult. Sponsor packages and early-bird registration are available. Call Aronie Tulip at 724-854-9690.

• Laurel Mountain Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold its annual fundraising banquet 5 p.m. March 5 at Ferrantes Lakeview on Route 30 in Greensburg. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner to follow. There will be raffles, games, live and silent auctions and more. Tickets are $25 for children, $70 for adults. Sponsor packages, early-bird registrations and ticket packages are available. Call Lisa Kowatch at 724-537-2618.

• The Western Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold its 25th annual fundraising banquet Jan. 29 at Rizzo's Malabar Inn at 126 Rizzo Road in Crabtree. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a social hour, with dinner at 7:30. There will be games, raffles, live and silent auctions, door prizes, including one for children, and more. Tickets, which include a membership, are $50 for children, $80 per person and $150 per couple. Sponsor packages are available. Contact Lisa Rossi at 724-693-9032 or lisar@ruffedgrousesociety.org.

• Tri-County Trout Club will hold its annual sport show and flea market 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Arnold Volunteer Fire Co. #2 social hall, located at 1702 Fifth Ave. in Arnold. There will be new, used and collectible fishing, camping, hunting and sporting items for sale. That includes vintage lures, old licenses, fly-tying materials, turkey calls, sporting books and magazines, and more. Hot food and drinks will be available. Admission is $3, though club members and children younger than 12 get in free. Anyone interested in becoming a vendor and setting up a table can reserve a table for $15 by Steve Hegedus at 412-298-0964, tctcnews@gmail.com or pabrookie@gmail.com.

• The Tri-State Outdoor Expo will be held Jan. 29-31 at David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. There will be vendors related to hunting, fishing, boating, off-roading, travel and more, along with seminars. Hours are 3-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at tristateoutdoorexpo.com. Use code “2016” and save $7.

• The Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show will mark its 31st anniversary locally Feb. 17-21 when it returns to the Monroeville Convention Center. Specifics on seminars and attractions won't be available until Wednesday, but admission prices and show hours are set. Tickets will be $12 for adults, but beginning Feb. 5, $3 discount coupons will be available at Subway restaurants. Children 12 and younger get in free, as do all Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform. Parking is free. Show hours are 3-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 12-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Details can be found at sportandtravel.com.

• The Great American Outdoor Show, said to be the biggest on the East Coast and held each year at the state farm show complex in Harrisburg, will run Feb. 6-14. Details will be posted at greatamericanoutdoorshow.org.

• Eastern Chapter Wild Sheep Foundation will hold its 25th annual hunting and outdoor expo Feb. 19-21 at Lancaster County Convention Center. Outdoor celebrity Jim Shockey is the headline attraction, and there will be raffles, auctions, youth events, a 1950s-themed ladies luncheon and more. For information, visit ecfnaws.org or email info@ecfnaws.org.

Shoots on tap

• Fairbank Rod and Gun Club will host a chukar challenge Feb. 7. There will be competition for singles and doubles for pointing and flushing breeds, with ribbons and optional cash pots on the line. Pre-registration is required by calling Rich Kovacic at 724-984-9641 or Jerry Yasenosky at 724-938-2054.

• Ellsworth Sportsmen's Club is open 6:30 p.m. Friday nights, with trap shooting at 7. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Visit esc15360.com.

• California Hill Gun Club holds sporting clays and five-stand shoots on Sundays from 9 a.m.-noon. All are open to the public. Call 724-938-3480.

• West Penn Sportsmen's Club in Murrysville offers trap shooting on a lighted range year round Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. There are sporting clays shooting from April through October. Five-stand shoots are held in a heated facility 5-8 p.m. Thursdays from November through March and from 10 a.m.-noon Sundays year round. The kitchen is open 4:30-8 p.m. Thursdays. Call 724-327-9918 or email westpennsportsmensclub@gmail.com.

• Rostraver Sportsmen and Conservation Association has big bore pistol and .22 longrifle shoots 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays and trap practice at 10 a.m. Thursdays and 1 p.m. Saturdays. Call 724-872-4399.

• Shaner Sportsmen's Club, 146 Stewart Lane, Irwin, has trap practice 5-8 p.m. Fridays. It is open to the public. Call 724-872-8431 or the clubhouse at 724-446-1313.

• 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 9-11 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month. There are indoor 3-D archery shoots 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.

• 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 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 7 p.m. Mondays or by appointment for groups.

• Millvale Sportsman's Club, 170 Sunny Hill Road, Wexford, has trap shoots 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.

• 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.

• 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 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays. All shooters and the public are welcome. Instruction is available.

• 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 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; outdoor pistol, NMC and MPRL shoots at 6 p.m. Mondays; five-stand shoots 9 a.m.-1 p.m. the first and third Sundays of the month; trap shoots 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 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 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.

• 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 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 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 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.

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