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Get Out Events, Hunting & Fishing Calendar for Southwest PA

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Sunday, February 01, 2009
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WINTER ACTIVITIES

Mondays-Saturdays. Step Into Snowshoes. Snowshoes provided for free in at least 4 inches of snow. Saturdays, free instruction. Jennings Environmental Education Center, Slippery Rock. 724-794-6011.

Feb. 1 Beginner Cross-country Skiing. Kooser State Park. Short, easy trip and instruction designed for absolute beginners. Ski rentals available. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $16.50 Venture Outdoors member, $27.50 nonmember. 412-255-0564, www.wpfi.org.

Feb. 7 Winterfest. Sugarloaf Snowmobile Parking Area, Ohiopyle State Park. Misc. winter activities. $1 donation requested. 724-329-8591, www.friendsofohiopyle.info/winterfest2009.php.

Feb. 21 Snowman in the Forest Day. Ice Skating Pond, Cook Forest State Park. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. reindeer-pulled wagon rides, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. snowshoe interpretive hike in the old-growth forest along Cook Trail, 1-2:15 p.m. snowshoe interpretive hike in the old-growth forest along Cook Trail. Free Chili Cook-Off, hot chocolate, coffee, fire and warming hut available. 814-744-8475.

HIKING

Wednesdays. Audubon Society of Pennsylvania holds walks every Wednesday, 9 a.m. Call 412-963-6100.

Feb. 1 Doggie Day Trek. South Park. Moderate 5-mile hike begins with social time for dogs to interact, includes snack. Two dogs per person, dogs must have current vaccinations and leashes (off-team time included). Bring dog food, water, cleanup bags. Noon-3 p.m. $8.80 Venture Outdoors member, $16.50 nonmember. 412-255-0564, www.wpfi.org.

Feb. 8 Beyond the Stars presentation and hike. $10. 6-8 p.m. Regional Environmental Education Center, Upper St. Clair. Registration 412-838-0064, www.regionaleec.org.

Feb. 9 Full Moon Hike. $3. 7-8 p.m. Regional Environmental Education Center, Upper St. Clair. Registration 412-838-0064, www.regionaleec.org.

Feb. 12 Urban Fitness Hike. Washington's Landing. Strenuous 4-5 mile hike up steep hills and stairways. 6-9 p.m. $5.50 Venture Outdoors members, $11 nonmember, entire Urban Fitness series $27.50. 412-255-0564, www.wpfi.org.

Feb. 14 Valentine's Day Wine and Cheese Hike. Settler's Cabin Park. Easy hike over steep hills followed by indoor wine and cheese tasting. Minimum age 21. 3-7 p.m $27.50 Venture Outdoors member, $44 nonmember. 412-255-0564, www.wpfi.org.

RUNNING
March 28 Climb Pittsburgh. Meets 7 a.m. Gulf Tower, 707 Grant St., Downtown. Race to the top of 760 stairs to raise money to fight lung disease. Details 724-933-6180 ext. 225, www.climbpittsburgh.lunginfo.org.

BIRDING
Second Mondays. Bartramian Audubon Society meeting. 7 p.m. Jennings Environmental Education Center, Slippery Rock, 724-794-6011.

Feb. 14 Great Backyard Bird Count. Basics of identification and feeding, contribute to national bird population study. Bartramian Audubon Society and Jennings Environmental Education Center, Slippery Rock, 724-794-6011. Register by Feb. 6.

March 13-15 Pymatuning Eagle Weekend. Pymatuning State Park. Locations in Pymatuning area to observe eagles and other raptors. Transportation, some meals provided. $45 plus cabin rental ($90-135 per night). Register by March 4 at 724-932-3142.

EDUCATIONAL
Feb. 6 Exploring Trees Inside and Out. Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children's Way, North Side. 10:30 a.m.-noon. 412-322-5058.

Feb. 7-8 Herbal Medicines. Raccoon Creek State Park. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Plant history, former uses of medicinal plants, new research on medicinal qualities and herbal remedies. $45. Registration required, 724-899-3611.

Feb. 8 A Snowflake's Story. Formation, identification and ways in which snow impacts our lives. 9 a.m.-noon. Jennings Environmental Education Center, Slippery Rock. 724-794-6011.

Feb 4, 11, 18, 25 Starry Science Camp. Regional Environmental Education Center, Mayview Park, Upper St. Clair. Ages 8-12. 4-8 p.m. Registration required. Group size limited. Call 412-838-0064 or visit www.regionaleec.org.

Feb. 22 Western Pennsylvania and the Fur Trade. Historic role the region's fur traders played in competing for resources, with Fort Pitt Museum's Chris Kubiak. 2 p.m. Jennings Environmental Education Center, Slippery Rock. 724-794-6011.

March 8 Eating Green. Members of Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Cooperative on eating organic, locally produced foods. 2 p.m. Jennings Environmental Education Center, Slippery Rock. 724-794-6011.

March 29 Maple Sugaring. How maple trees work, demonstration of the art of mapling. Indoors, outdoors, guided walk, free taste. 2 p.m. Jennings Environmental Education Center, Slippery Rock. 724-794-6011.

April 5 Backyard mollusks. Gastropod instruction with Timothy A. Pearce of Carnegie Museum of Natural History. 2 p.m. Jennings Environmental Education Center, Slippery Rock. 724-794-6011.

April 19 Dragonfly watching. Identification, natural history with author Cynthia Berger. 2 p.m. Jennings Environmental Education Center, Slippery Rock. 724-794-6011.

April 25 Battling invasive species. Identification and removal of invasive plants at Jennings Environmental Education Center, Slippery Rock. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 724-794-6011.

May 10 Spring wildflowers. Guided walk includes identification, folklore, history of first spring blooms. 2 p.m. Jennings Environmental Education Center, Slippery Rock. 724-794-6011.

June 13-14 French and Indian War Encampment, Sawmill Center for the Arts, Cook Forest. Children's programs, cannon and musket firing demonstrations, council and trading events, battle reenactments, historians and painters. 814-744-8407.

OUTDOORS EXPOS
Feb. 7-8 Butler Fishing Show, Butler Area Senior High School. Saturday 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $5, children under 12 free. www.butlerfishingshow.com.

Feb. 18-22 Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoors Show, David Lawrence Convention Center. www.sportandtravel.com/pittsburgh.

Feb. 22 Stop, Swap and Save Bicycle Expo. Washington County Fairgrounds, 2151 N. Main St., Washington, Pa. Details 724-225-7718, www.stopswapandsave.com.

March 1 Cabin Fever. Penn's Woods West Trout Unilimited fly fishing show. Four Points by Shearton: Pittsburgh North, 910 Sheraton Dr., Mars. 412-963-2824, www.pwwtu.org.

March 6-8 Greater Tri-State Hunting and Fishing Expo, Mountaineer Racetrack and Casino, Chester, W.Va. www.wvtristateexpo.com.

FISHING
Saturdays through March 28 Fly Tying Sessions. Spruce Creek Fly Company, Spruce Creek. Register by preceding Thursday. 814-632-6129.

Feb. 2 Dunbar Sportsmen?s Club Tying Classes. Beginner, novice and intermediate instruction runs eight consecutive weeks. Each class one hour. $6 per class per night. Details: Mark DeFrank at mark@defranksflies.com.

Feb. 3 Advanced Beginner Fly Tying Classes. International Angler, Aspinwall. Improve existing skills, learn new recipes and work with epoxy, wool, deer hair, matched wings, synthetic materials, beads and weights, foam popper heads and new materials. Two-hour classes start at 6:30 p.m.; six-week series. Bring vice and tools, International Angler provides materials. $80. 412-782-2222.

Feb. 5 Beginner Fly Tying Classes. International Angler, Aspinwall. General intro to fly tying, hands-on instruction. Two-hour classes start at 6:30 p.m.; six-week series. Bring vice and tools, International Angler provides materials. $65. 412-782-2222.

Feb. 9 Fly Fishing Entomology. At monthly members meeting of Penn's Woods West Trout Unlimited, Penn State entomologist Greg Hoover speaks about identification of the immature and adult mayflies. 7 p.m. Brentwood VFW Post 1810, 3801 Clairton Blvd., (Rt. 51). Free, open to the public. 412-963-2824.

March 11 Pennssylvania Fish and Boat Commission public meeting. Arena Restaurant, 4407 Business 220, Bedford. 6-7 p.m. informal open house, 7-8 p.m. presenation, 8-9 p.m. Q&A. Details www.fishandboat.com.

March 24 Pennssylvania Fish and Boat Commission public meeting. Vernon Central Fire Hall, 16589 McMath Ave., Meadville. 6-7 p.m. informal open house, 7-8 p.m. presenation, 8-9 p.m. Q&A. Details www.fishandboat.com.

May 1-3 Couples Fishing and Wellness Weekend. Spruce Creek Fly Co., Spruce Creek. Guided fishing, casting lesson/instruction, all meals, appetizers and beverages, lodge accommodations, massage services, foot ionization spas, facials, on site fitness professional and guest speaker. www.sprucecreekflyco.com.

May 16-17 Fly Fishing Clinic. Jennings Environmental Education Center, Slippery Rock. Family Tyes and Neshannock Creek Fly Shop teach stream quality, fly tying, casting, trout fishing. Equipment provided. Suitable for age 10 and up (under 16 accompanied by an adult). $15. Register by May 1. 724-794-6011.

HUNTING
Feb. 6 Ruffed Grouse Society, Western Allegheny Chapter Sportsmen's Banquet. Mountain View Inn, Rt. 30, 1001 Village Drive, Greensburg, beginning with a reception party at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 7:30 p.m. Membership and dinner $50. Spouse dinner ticket $40; youth membership and dinner $30. 724-693-9032, rgslmt@msn.com.

Feb. 20-22 Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Association Coyote Hunt. Fee $6, preregistration and group membership required. For details call 814-546-2500, 814-546-2835. www.sinnsports.com.

HUNTER-TRAPPER SAFETY
Allegheny County

March 14-15 Monroeville Municipal Building, Monroeville. Saturday, Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Preregistration required, lunch provided. Class limit 80. 412-856-3369.

March 28-29 Springdale District Sportsmen's Association, Springdale. Saturday, Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Preregistration required, lunch provided. Class limit 50. 724-335-7171.

Cambria County

Feb. 7-8 Gander Mountain, Rt. 219 Ebensburg. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-4 p.m. Preregistration required. Class limit 25. 814-266-1777.

March 7-8 Gander Mountain, Rt. 219 Ebensburg. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-4 p.m. Preregistration required. Class limit 25. 814-266-1777.

April 3-4 Young Peoples Community Center, Ebensburg. Friday 5-9 p.m.; Saturday 8-4:30 p.m. Preregistration required, lunch provided. Class limit 50. 814-948-6099.

April 4-5 Gander Mountain, Rt. 219 Ebensburg. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-4 p.m. Preregistration required. Class limit 25. 814-266-1777.

May 2-3 Gander Mountain, Rt. 219 Ebensburg. Saturday Noon-6 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m. Preregistration required. Class limit 25. 814-266-1777.

May 2-3 Barr Township Rod and Gun Club, Nicktown. Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m. Preregistration required, lunch provided. Class limit 40. 814-948-4073, 814-948-6099.

Fayette County

March 6-7 South Connellsville Rod & Gun Club, South Connellsville. Friday 6-10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Preregistration required, lunch provided. Class limit 60. 724-628-4091.

March 20-21 Indian Creek Valley Sportsmen's Association. Friday 5-10 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Preregistration required, lunch provided. Class limit 50. 724-455-4589, 724-455-3897.

April 3-4 March 6-7 South Connellsville Rod & Gun Club, South Connellsville. Friday 6-10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Preregistration required, lunch provided. Class limit 60. 724-628-4091.

Greene County

Feb. 14-15 Bobtown Rod and Gun Club, Bobtown. Saturday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday lunch provided. 724-0839-7460.

March 14-15 Mount Morris Sportsmen's Club. Saturday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday lunch provided. 724-324-2515.

Westmoreland County

March 27-28 Gander Mountain, Greensburg. Friday 6-9 p.m.; Saturday 9-5 p.m. Preregistration required. Class limit 25. 724-834-2400.

March 28-29 Rostraver Sportsmen's Club, Rostraver. Saturday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Preregistration required. Class limit 35. 724-684-4219.

SHOOTS
ALIQUIPPA BUCKTAILS Skeet and trap, Wednesdays 6 p.m. and Fridays 5 p.m. Call 724-378-1450 or visit www.bucktails.us.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY RIFLE CLUB Saturdays and Sundays: ATA registered trap, 10 a.m. Call 412-821-9828.

ALL SEASONS TRAP AND SKEET Wednesdays: Open shoots, 5 p.m. Call 814-590-3777.

CALIFORNIA HILL Youth sporting clays team information and sign-up (5th-12 grade), and shotgun safety course, 7 p.m. Feb. 4. NSCA registered shoot 9 a.m. March 1. Sundays: Sporting clays and five-stand, 9 a.m. 724-938-3480, 724-263-5016.

CANONSBURG SPORTSMEN ASSOC. Trap open to public and members Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and third Sundays, noon. 724-745-4507.

CARRICK SPORTSMEN Sundays: Traps, 1 p.m. Junior rifle and traps programs, personal protection/firearms safety, hunter safety courses. Call 724-348-5354 or visit http://www.carricksportsmen.com.

CLAIRTON SPORTSMEN?S CLUB Muzzleloader shoot first Sunday of each month, 11 a.m. Public welcome. Serviceryfle@aol.com, www.clairtonsc.org.

CLAYBUSTERS Sundays: Sporting clays, five stand, skeet and trap, 9 a.m. and Thursdays 1 p.m. Call 814-437-3252 or 814-437-3428.

CONNELLSVILLE SPORTSMEN Tuesdays: Trap practice and skeet shooting, 5 p.m.

CORAOPOLIS Sundays: Junior Olympic archery development, 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays: Indoor archery, 7 p.m. Wednesdays: Informal combat, 7 p.m. Call 412-264-9920, 412-793-7692.

CROWFOOT ROD & GUN CLUB Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays: Public trap practice, 7 p.m. Call 724-327-9315 or 724-327-0592.

DORMONT-MT. LEBANON SPORTSMEN Third Sundays: Civilian Marksmanship Program 9:30 sign-up, 11 a.m. Mondays: outdoor pistol, NMC, MPRL 6 p.m. Tuesdays: trap 7-10 p.m. 412-531-5043, www.mdi.net/dml.

EAST MONONGAHELA SPORTSMEN Outdoor air pistol third Sundays, 1 p.m. 412-384-4747, http://www.dp.net/~emsc.

ELRAMA SPORTSMEN Mondays: Trap practice, 6 p.m. 412-384-8896.

FIVE POINTS HUNT Mondays: Trap practice, 5:30 p.m. 724-375-7381, 724-457-0315, www.fivepointshuntingclub.com.

FORD CITY SPORTSMEN Wednesdays: Skeet practice, 6 p.m. Fridays: Trap practice, 6 p.m. 724-763-3136, fordcitysportsmen@yahoo.com.

FOREST GROVE SPORTSMEN Mondays: Trap, 6 p.m. Thursdays: Combat pistol shoots, 4 p.m., Third Wednesdays: Membership meetings, 7 p.m. Third Sundays: Muzzle-loaders shoots, noon. 412-269-0942.

LAWRENCE COUNTY Wednesdays: Trap/skeet shoot, 5 p.m. 5-stand, 5 p.m. Thursdays: 5 p.m.; Sundays: Sporting clays, 9:30 a.m. 5-stand, 9:30 a.m. 724-652-1075.

LIBRARY SPORTSMEN ASSOCIATION Thursdays: Trap, skeet, 6 p.m. 412-835-9812, www.librarysa.com.

LONG BRANCH SPORTSMEN Tuesdays: Indoor NRA 50-foot small bore pistol league, 7 p.m. 724-925-2919, 724-333-4408, www.bloomautomatic.com/lbsc

McDONALD SPORTSMEN Thursdays: Trap and skeet, 7 p.m. 724-796-2271, www.mcdonaldsportsmen.com.

McKEESPORT SPORTSMEN Skeet practice, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. Cast bullet matches next to last Saturdays, 9 a.m., three classes, public welcome. 412-271-2144, 412- 824-7566.

MILLVALE SPORTSMEN?S CLUB Tuesdays: skeet 5 p.m. Wednesdays: evening leagues, practice 6 p.m. Saturdays: registered targets 9 a.m. 724-935-9963, www.millvalesportsmens.org.

NORTH BUFFALO SPORTSMAN?S Second Sundays: Action pistol, rifle. Third Sundays: Hunters trail shoot. Last Saturdays and Sundays: 3-D archery. 724-353-2444, 724-664-0513.

NORTH SIDE SPORTSMEN Wednesdays: Skeet, 6 p.m. Trap, 6 p.m. Sundays: Trap, skeet, 11 a.m. 724-935-9884, www.nssa.ws.

PITCAIRN-MONROEVILLE SPORTSMEN Thursdays: Trap, practical pistol practice, 6 p.m. Saturdays: Trap practice, 10 a.m. Sundays: trap practice, 1 p.m. 412-824-3790, www.pmsconline.com.

RICHLAND SPORTSMEN?S ASSOC. Thursdays: Archery. Alternate Mondays: Junior rifle. 412-486-7820, wolfgang5@comcast.net.

ROSTRAVER SPORTSMEN Practice trap, pistol and 3-D archery. 724-872-4399.

RUFFSDALE GUN Sundays: Trap practice, noon. Saturdays, 10 a.m.

SALTSBURG SPORTSMEN Paintball shoot second and fourth Sundays, 9:30 a.m. 724-845-6936.

SANDY CREEK CONSERVANCY Franklin. Allegheny Northwoods Chapter Ruffed Grouse Society's Sporting Clays Fun Shoot, 8:30 a.m. Feb. 14. $50 per shooter includes 100 birds, lunch, raffle. Details 814-437-5105.

SHANER SPORTSMEN Fridays: Trap. 724-494-6834, 412-417-3744.

SINNAMAHONING SPORTSMEN Paint ball shoot second and fourth Sundays, 9:30 a.m. 724-845-6936.

SUTERSVILLE SPORTSMEN Trap practice: Mondays, 6 p.m., Tuesdays 10 a.m. 412-872-0989.

TARENTUM SPORTSMEN Thursdays: Skeet practice, 5:30 p.m. 724- 353-1216.

TRAFFORD SPORTSMEN Indoor pistol: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 p.m. Trap: Wednesdays 10 a.m.; Fridays 6 p.m. Tuesdays: Archery practice, evenings; Bowling pin shoot: First and third Sundays, 10:30 a.m. 412-372-3820.

VICTORY HILL GUN Tuesdays: Trap practice, 6 p.m. 724-258-9871.

WASHINGTON SPORTSMEN Thursdays: Trap, wobble trap, skeet, 6 p.m. 724-222-0651.

WEST PENN SPORTSMEN Five-stand: Sundays, 10 a.m., Thursdays, 4 p.m. Trap: Thursdays 4:30 p.m.

YOUNGWOOD Trap: Sunday 10 a.m., Tuesdays, 6 p.m.

Posted on: 2009/2/1 12:11
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