Outdoors Notebook: New public handgun shooting range opens in Allegheny County

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Last week the state Game Commission concluded the first stage of a $250,000 shooting range project with the opening of a new public handgun range on State Game Land 203 near Wexford. The project was financed by Pennsylvania hunter dollars from the agency's Game Fund and a $50,000 contribution from the National Rife Association.

Phase 2 of the project, the reconstruction of the game land's existing rifle range, is scheduled to get under way next year.

As per a 2001 regulation change, those who use Game Commission shooting ranges must be in possession of a valid hunting or furtaking license or a range use permit, which costs $30.

To access the new range from the I-79 Wexford exit, travel east on Route 910, turn left onto Mingo Road, drive 0.8 miles and turn left onto State Game Land Road. The shooting range's parking lot is one mile ahead on the right.

Waterfowl corrections

The Canada goose bag limit is eight per day, 16 in possession throughout most of the state. September goose hunting is banned in the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Areas in Lebanon and Lancaster counties to allow birds to survive until regular hunting seasons to sustain the controlled hunts. A story last week misstated those facts.

Shooting team funding

The Indiana (Pa.) University Shooting Team will get a $20,000 check from the National Wild Turkey Federation during a ceremony Monday on the IUP campus. The endowment is intended to help the team with future expenses.

Stream improvements

The Tubmill Trout Club will manage improvements on 1,200 feet of Hendricks Run in Westmoreland County Sept. 8 and Sept. 15. The project is sponsored by GenOn Corp. with company volunteers from its Seward and Conemaugh electric generating stations, with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy supplying equipment, operators and design expertise.



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