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Bob Frye
| Sunday, January 4, 2009 12:00 a.m

Rifle/Trap leagues

• Murrysville and Kittanning continue to run neck-and-neck in the Allegheny Valley Rifle League’s A-team standings. Murrysville (7-1), the defending champion, beat Kiski (4-4) 1184-1165, while Kittanning (7-1) beat Tarentum (1-7) 1181-1148. Elsewhere, Crowfoot (3-2) beat Fort Hand (2-6) 1162-1159.In the B-team standings, Murrysille (7-1) is in front, followed by Kittanning (6-2), Kiski (5-3), Crowfoot (4-4), and Fort Hand and Tarentum, each 1-7.Sherwin McConnell of Kittanning fired a 299 to post the week’s top score. Billy Harvey of Murrysville was high junior with a 295, Jessica bester of Kittanning was high female with a 292, and Jim Synan of Crowfoot was high senior with a 285.

• Murrysville (6-2) used an all-around strong performance to beat Green Valley (4-4) in Pittsburgh and Suburban Rifle League action. Clymer (3-5) edged Allegheny (0-6), 1160-1151, in the week’s other match. Dormont-Mt. Lebanon (5-2) had a bye, while the Irwin Post 228 vs. Frazier-Simplex match was postponed.

Murrysville’s junior shooter Billy Harvey fired the week’s top score, a 299, while teammate John Funk was the high senior with a 293. Rene Baldwin was high lady with a 261.


• Indiana County Bow and Gun Club will have its annual gun show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 7 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at Novosel Civic Center, located on Route 286 west, one-quarter mile off the Route 422 bypass. Admission: $4 for adults, $2 for ages 13 to 18, and free to children 12 and younger with a paying adult. All children get a free chance on a .22-caliber Henry rifle. A Marlin .270 rifle will be raffled off at 3 p.m. Sunday. Food and refreshments will be available.

• The Western Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will have its 18th annual sportsmen’s banquet Feb. 6 at Mountain View Inn east of Greensburg. Cocktails and raffles begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:30. Individual tickets are $50, or $40 for spouses, and various sponsor packages are available. For tickets or information, contact Lisa Rossi at 724-693-9032 or .

• Tri-County Trout Club will have its annual sport show and flea market at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Fisher hall in Burrell Lake Park. Visitors can buy and sell new and used collectible fishing, hunting camping, and sporting gear. A bamboo fly rod maker and restorer will give free appraisals, too, and there will be old fishing lures, turkey calls, books and magazines, and turtle soup by the quart. You can reserve a table for $5 or get in to buy for $3. Children and club members get in for free. Contact Steve Hegedus at 412-298-0964 for information.

• The AFLOAT Fly-tying Club of Derry is offering an eight-week fly-tying class for boys and girls ages 13 to 18 beginning Jan. 21. There is no fee, and materials will be provided. Space is limited, so anyone interested in participating should call 724-694-2909 to register or for more information.

• The Ken Sink Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host a fly tying class beginning Saturday. Sessions will be at 10 a.m. Saturdays for eight weeks at the Elks Club on Thirteenth Street in Indiana. The program is designed to teach the basic techniques necessary to produce the majority of fly patterns used by anglers. Details and registration are available at the Indiana Angler and White’s Variety Story in Indiana or by calling Dan Cardellino at 724-459-3301.

• Fly fishing experts Bob Heil and Joe Lantz will be the speakers at the next meeting of the Penn’s Woods West Chapter of Trout Unlimited, which is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at Brentwood VFW Post 1810, 3801 Clairton Boulevard, 3.5 miles south of the Liberty Tubes at Marlea Street. Heil and Lantz will discuss fly fishing southwestern Pennsylvania streams and demonstrate techniques for tying their fly patterns for trout, bass and steelhead. The same night, the chapter will hold its annual “Great Fly Sale,” where flies tied by members will be sold for $5 per half dozen. The winner of the Jerry Freund custom crafted 7-foot, 4-weight bamboo fly rod will be drawn at this meeting, too. Entry tickets for the raffle will be available at the meeting. The meeting is free and open to the public.

• Dave Rothrock, president of the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited and a noted fly fishing instructor and caster, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Ken Sink Chapter of Trout Unlimited. He will talk about effective nymph tactics and patterns. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Indiana Elks Club, located on Thirteenth Street in Indiana. There will be drawings and raffles. Call 724-459-3301

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.

• Kingston Veteran’s and Sportsmen’s Club in Latrobe will have a 3-D archery shoot Jan. 18, with registration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the clubhouse. Prizes will be awarded. New this year, there will be a loyalty shooter door prize, too. The club is located off Route 217, one half mile north of Route 30. Call 724-539-9303.

• Strictly Sticks Traditional Archers will have a traditional 3-D archery ham shoot Jan. 19 at East Huntingdon Sportsmen’s Club in Alverton. It is open to those with recurves, longbows, and selfbows. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and cost is $8 for adults, $4 for those ages 12 to 16, and free to those 11 and younger. Call 724-887-5404.

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

• 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 practice every Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. All shooters and the public are welcome to participate. Instruction is available. Skeet shooting continues from 5-10 p.m. Tuesdays all year.

• 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. to Nov. 14. 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 at 6 p.m. every Thursday. The public is invited to all events.

• Hecla’s trap range is open for practice from 5 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday. 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; an October pistol silhouette shoot will be held at 9 a.m. the fourth Saturday. 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.

• Old Westmoreland Rifles will hold a blackpowder shoot today at Latrobe Sportsmen’s Club. Registration costs $6 to shoot. Call Darryl Myers at 724-522-1729, Rockie Dean at 724-527-5317, or Phil Cravener at 724-539-7667.

• Vandergrift Sportsmen’s Association holds 5-stand sporting clays shoots at its club grounds on Sportsmen Drive in Washington Township from 4 p.m. until dark every Wednesday. Cost is $4 per round. Call 724-478-2129.

• Youngwood Sportsmen’s Association has a singles and a doubles winter trap league. Shoots are held on alternate Sundays at the club, and shooters of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Participants can sign-up for either or both leagues. For information or to register, call Jim at 724-527-5945 or Roger and Bobbie at 724-832-1582. The club also 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 has 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 an NRA-approved outdoor air pistol silhouette match at 1 p.m. the third Sunday of every month. All events are open to the public. Call 412-384-4747.

• East Huntingdon Sportsman’s Club’s indoor archery league is holding shoots at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. 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 a youth shotgun program at 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 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.


Now to Jan. 9 — Duck season in the northwest zone.

Now to Jan. 10 — Archery deer season, statewide.

Now to Jan. 10 — Statewide flintlock season.

Now to Jan. 11 — Trapping season for mink and muskrats.

Now to Jan. 15 — Duck season in the south zone.

Now to Jan. 24 — Grouse season.

Now to Jan. 24 — Deer, firearms, antlerless only, units 2B, 5C and 5D.

Now to Feb. 7 — Squirrel and rabbit season.

Now to Feb. 7 — Pheasant season, cocks and hens, units 1A, 1B, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4D, 5C, and 5D.

Now to Feb. 21 — Hunting season for raccoons and foxes.

Now to Feb. 21 — Hunting season for bobcats, units 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C, and 4D.

Now to Feb. 22 — Trapping season for coyotes, foxes, opossums, raccoons, skunks, and weasels.

Now to Feb. 22 — Bobcat trapping season, units 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C, and 4D.

Now to Feb. 28 — Goose season in the Resident Population Zone.

Now to March 31 — Beaver trapping season.

Coyote hunts

• Tubmill Trout Club is taking registrations for its “Big Dog” coyote hunt, which is set for Feb. 6 to 8. Cost is $20, with $15 of that going to the prize pot. Twenty percent of all the prize money will go the hunter with the biggest male coyote, and another 20 percent to the hunter with the biggest female. Ten percent will be awarded to the hunter with the smallest coyote, while the remaining 50 percent will be split among all of those who take a coyote. Call Linn at 724-235-9798 or visit .

• Hunters Helping Hunters is holding two statewide coyote hunts, one Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 and one March 21 to 30. Cost is $20 per person per hunt. Of that, $15 of each entry will be paid out in prizes; the rest will be used to help handicapped hunters get back into the woods. To register, call 814-696-7070 or 814-696-7450.

Bob Frye is the editor. Reach him at 412-216-0193 or via email. See other stories, blogs, videos and more at

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