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Notices from the outdoors

Bob Frye
| Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010

Rifle/Trap leagues

• Murrysville (11-0) remains unbeaten in the Allegheny Valley Rifle League A-team standings, having beaten Crowfoot (2-9) 1187-1163 in their most recent match.

Kittanning (9-1) kept pace by beating Fort Hand (1-10) 1181-1159, while Kiski (8-4) beat Tarentum (2-9) 1172-1127.

In the B-team standings, Kiski is on top at 10-2, followed by Murrysville (9-2), Kittanning (8-2), Crowfoot (5-6), Tarentum (1-10) and Fort Hand (0-11).

Matt Summerhill of Fort Hand and Ray Harvey of Murrysville shared honors for the top score of the week with matching 297s. Jim Spelock of Kiski was high senior with a 293, Matt Davis of Murrysville was high junior with a 292 and Sarah Elzer of Murrysville was high female with a 292.

Hunter safety courses

• Beaver County YMCA, Beaver County, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 19 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 20. Class limit 50. Pre-registration required by calling George Sullivan at 724-775-3563.

• Gilpin Rifles Inc., Armstrong County, 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 19 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20. Lunch provided; class limit 25. Pre-registration required by calling Ralph Varrato at 724-845-7979.

• South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club, Fayette County, 6 to 10 p.m. March 5 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 6. Lunch provided; class limit 60. Pre-registration required by calling Ron Brooks at 724-628-4091.

• Gander Mountain, Cambria County, 1 to 6 p.m. March 6 and 7. Class limit 25. Pre-registration required by calling the store at 814-266-1777.

• White Oak Rod and Gun Club, Westmoreland County, 4 to 8:30 p.m. March 7 and 5 to 8:30 p.m. March 8 and March 9. Class limit 50. Pre-registration required by calling Dennis Marcelli at 724-523-5551.

• Indian Creek Valley Sportsmen's Association, Fayette County, 5 to 10 p.m. March 12 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 13. Lunch provided; class limit 50. Pre-registration required by calling Tim Coffman or Ed Bukovac at 724-455-4589 or 724-455-3897.

• Springdale District Sportsmen's Association, Allegheny County, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 20 and 21. Lunch provided for $3; class limit 40. Pre-registration required by calling Steven Allias at 724-335-7171.

• Benshoff Hill Rod and Gun Club, Cambria County, 4 to 8 p.m. March 26 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 27. Lunch provided; class limit 25. Pre-registration required by calling Brian Eichelberger or Ron Gagan at 814-535-3893 or 814-536-6621.

• Critchfield Alliance Church, Fayette County, 5 to 10 p.m. March 26 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 27. Lunch provided; class limit 25. Pre-registration required by Ron Hull at 724-455-7524.


• Jeff Blood of Sewickley, the man who created the Blood Dot fly pattern for steelhead, will be the speaker at the next meeting of the Tri-County Trout Club, set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Burrell Lake Park's Fisher Hall. Blood grew up on the shores of Lake Erie and has fished for steelhead or lake-run rainbows for 48 years, and his family still owns property on Conneaut Creek. He'll discuss what fly patterns work and why. Admission to the meeting is free to members and children younger than 12; all others pay $3. Coffee, pop, bottled water and snacks will be available for purchase.

• Charles Alsheimer, the award-winning lecturer, TV host and white-tailed deer management consultant, will be the speaker at Blairsville Alliance Church's fourth annual wild game dinner, which is set for Feb. 20. Doors open at 4:40 p.m. for the browsing of display tables, door prize tables and the viewing of a movie. Dinner will be from 5:30 to 7, with Alsheimer's presentation and the awarding of prizes from 7 to 8:30. Admission is free, but due to limited space, pre-registration is required by calling 724-459-7770. The church is located at 135 East Burrell St. For information, visit

• The Tri-County Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its annual fundraising banquet Feb. 27 at the Alpine Hunting and Fishing Club in Bridgeville. Tickets are $30 for a single or $55 for dinner and a membership. Sponsor packages are also available. Doors open for cocktails at 6 p.m., with dinner to follow at 7:30. The event will feature live and silent auctions, raffles, games and more. For tickets, call Rich Kovacic at 724-785-3540 or Chet Krcil at 724-948-2206. For direction to the club, visit .

• Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its annual fly tiers roundtable at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Winnie Palmer Nature Center in Latrobe. All tiers are invited to set up a vise and demonstrate their favorite pattern and bring tying materials to swap with others.

• Chestnut Ridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Knights of Columbus in Uniontown. Members and guests are invited to attend.

• Fay-West Friends of NRA will hold its fundraising banquet March 5 at Lakeview Lounge in Greensburg. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner, live and silent auctions, special drawings and other games to follow. Tickets are $40 and sponsorship packages are available. For tickets, contact Doug Leichliter at 724-838-7650 or or Brab Bardwell at 724-863-7495.

• The S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie, in cooperation with the Fish and Boat Commission and Bureau of State Parks, will host an ice fishing clinic Feb. 13 at the Rotary Pavilion near the Waterworks pond on Presque Isle. Equipment will be provided for those who need it. For information on times and other details, contact the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie at 814-453-2270 or .

• Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited with hold its annual fundraising banquet at the American Legion on Ligonier Street in Latrobe March 6. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at Loyalhanna Fishing Post, Ligonier Outfitters, The Angler's Room, or by contacting Paul Volkman at .

Shoots on tap

• The Sportsmen's Association of Greensburg hosts trap, skeet and sporting clays tower shoots from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays. The trap range has a ramp to accommodate special-needs shooters. The club also hosts skeet shoots from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Call 724-423-6350.

• West Newton Sportsmen's Club will host a shotgun and .22 rifle shoot Feb. 21, with registration starting at noon and shooting at 12:30. All ammunition will be provided and prizes will be awarded. Cost is $2 per round .

• Lloydville Sportsmen will host a 3-D archery shoot Feb 28, with registration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $9 for adults and $3 for those 11 and younger. Food and drinks will be available. Call 724 537-3281.

• The Allegheny Northwoods Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold a sporting clays fun shoot at the Sandy Creek Conservancy, 688 Polk Cutoff in Franklin, Feb. 20. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., with shooting beginning at 9. Registration is $50 per shooter and includes 100 birds and lunch. Shooters will also receive, for every 10 broken targets, one free ticket on a Weatherby PA-08 Upland 12 gauge slide-action shotgun. Targets can also be registered (Lewis Class) with the National Sporting Clays Association for an additional $5. For information or registration, call 814-437-1290.

• Kingston Veterans and Sportsmen's Club, located just off Route 217 in Latrobe, will hold a 3-D archery shoot Feb. 14, with registration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration will take place at the clubhouse. Prizes will be awarded and their will be a Kingston Loyalty Shooter door prize. Refreshments will be available. Call 724-539-9303.

• Strictly Sticks Traditional Archers will hold a 3-D blanket shoot Feb. 21 at East Huntingdon Sportsmen's Club in Alverton for those shooting recurves, longbows and stickbows. Bring an archery-related prize to put on the blanket, then claim a prize based on your score. Prize participation is not mandatory, though. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost to shoot is $8 for those 17 and older, $4 for those 12 to 16 and free to those 11 and younger. There will be a beginner's shooting stake at each target. Call 724-887-5404.

• Saltsburg Sportsmen's Club will hold a 3-D archery shoot today, with registration from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for youths and free to cubs. There will be McKenzie and Reinhart targets and awards in all classes. Refreshments will be available. Call 724-639-0360.

• Ellsworth Sportsmen's Club's trap range is open Fridays at 7 p.m. for league and practice shooting. The club itself opens at 6 p.m. on Fridays, with food and drinks available for purchase. The public is welcome to use the lighted range; cost is $5 per round and $4 per round for practice. The club's fall trap league begins Sept. 4 and all are welcome to join. Call 724-945-5275 or visit .

• The Lawrence County Sportsman's Association's shotgun and .22 rifle ranges are open to the public Wednesdays starting at 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 724-562-1075.

• 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 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 .

• 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 trap practice at 10 a.m. Thursdays and 1 p.m. Saturdays. Big and small bore pistol pin shoots are held Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Call 724-872-4399.

• Shaner Sportsmen's Club holds trap practice every Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. The public is welcome. Beginner trap shoots open to shooters of all ages are held the third Thursday of every month. Call 724-494-6834.

• Shannock Valley Sportsmen's Club in Yatesboro holds trap practice every Thursday 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 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 .

• 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.

• East Huntingdon Sportsman's Club's indoor archery league is holding practices at 7 p.m. Mondays. 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. Call 724-887-5404.

• 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.

• Crowfoot Rod and Gun Club's trap range is open to the public from 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Call 724-327-9315 or 724-327-0592.

• 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.

• 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 .

• 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.

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