The 2014 Black Ash Classic Winter skeet league finished up on March 29, 2014. It turned out to be a mild, partly sunny day…perfect for skeet shooting and comradery. The rain held off most of the day, not getting serious until the final rounds and shoot offs.

   Besides the post season skeet rounds the trap field was open as well as the hand gun/22 rifle adventure trail.

  At the post season banquet of steak, potatoes, beans, cole slaw and pie, the final scores with handicap were calculated and awards distributed.

  The champion trophy for high average during the regular season was accepted by Chuck Isaac of New Castle with a score of 198 out of a possible 200. Runner up was Chris Gibbs of North Bloomfield, Ohio with a score of 190.83. The junior champ with a score of 185 was Brad Schweitzer of Corry.

   All 11 junior shooters received a special prize of a Bob Allen range bag. We enjoy the junior shooters and hope they find that skeet and the Black Ash Sportsman Club is something they enjoy and can make a life long pursuit. After the handicap the high junior shooter was Mike Ziegler of Tidioute with a score of 221.

   Shooters were divided into four classes of about 17 shooters each based on their season averages. Four prizes were awarded in each class and the results were as follows:

“A” Class
Brad Schweitzer 212
Rich Gaw 210
Dick Best 210
Lon Fink 208

“B” Class
Dick Buzard 219
Jerry Sayers 208
Keith Snow 208
Dewey Van Horn 207

“C” Class
Chuck Shank 212
Eric Messner 211
Mark Johnson 205
Darin Ashbaugh 204

“D” Class
Mike Ziegler 221
Karli Ashbaugh 216
Charlie Johnson 212
Luke Messner 211

Many thanks to those who volunteered to help and to the donors of door prizes.
Tom Mattis, Chairman
Click here for complete scores.

Sunday was the first  Adventure Trail of the Year !!!  Thanks Carl, Ed, Edger, John, Don and the rest of BAHAT team for braving the weather to get everything ready.  We had a great turnout despite rather cool temperatures but hey the road was in perfect shape!!!! Latest Scores

The Chapmanville Vol Fire Department is sponsoring Ham Shoots on Sundays at 9am for the next six weeks at the Chapmanville Vol Fire Department.  The cost is  $2.50 per shoot.  You can find more information the department and the shoots on facebook @ Station 1 Chapmanville/Department 35

Recently Tom Mattis asked Bill Wentworth to write about what we believe to be the first club sponsored activity:   Black Ash Little League.  Click to read Bill’s write up on it.   Thanks to Bill for sharing this with us.

The new Pistol Range open for members !!!   Thanks to everyone and especially Carl and Ed for all the work on the new 50ft Pistol range!  It’s a really nice range and is another great benefit for being a member.   Thanks to everyone involved !!!

Some of you might already be aware of a local TV show called “Crawford County  Outdoors”  It’s produced by one of members Duane Koller and shown on Armstrong Cable TV.  Duane recently did two segments on Black Ash Sportsman Club.   One on the Adventure Trail and another on Skeet Shooting.  Be sure the click on the links and enjoy.  Thanks Duane !!

The Erie National Wildlife Refuge (ENWR) and The Friends of the ENWR are having their 14th Biennial amateur nature photo contest !!!.  The contest is to promote  and raise the awareness of the Refuge.  The Friends of the ENWR is a  non-profit group not unlike Black Ash Sportsman Inc. dedicated to protecting and improving the natural habitat needed for the wide variety of plants and animals that populate the Refuge grounds as well as providing public recreation and environmental education opportunities. The ENWR is great Federal Facility in our backyard and may not be truly appreciated by the citizens of NW PA.  So help raise awareness and support a common cause,  grab your camera and click to download the Photo Contest Flyer with more information.

Information about The Friends of the ENWR and ENWR Refuge.

As all the members know, our Black Ash Sportsman Club is now officially a members only club.  What does this mean ?  Well for starters in means we are getting quite a few new members each month.  It’s been very exciting to see so may new faces at the club meetings and to see the renewed enthusiasm for the club.   Second it’s a reminder that it is OUR club and we all must work together to make sure ALL activities and events are safe and welcoming.   We must also all continue to welcome new members and to remember that we are the ambassadors of the things we love, hunting, fishing, shooting, conservation, the outdoors  In these trying times it has never been more important to introduce folks who live in an increasing ”virtual” world back to the outdoors.

At the March monthly meeting the club Directors announced the Sportsman of the Year Award recipient for 2011 is Harold Smith and recipient for 2012 is Carl Pelino.  The award is presented annually by the Board of Directors to a member who has provided years of dedicated service to the Club and whose service stands above that normally contributed by its members.  Hats off to both Harold and Carl for all of their tireless work supporting the club !!


The schedules for the upcoming years events are posted on the Calendar.  If see anything we missed or if you have any ideas for the Web site please drop us an email. web@blackashsportsman.org