Bellwood Sportsmen's Association, Inc
P. O. Box 312 Bellwood, PA 16617 (814) 742-9497 http://www.bellwoodsportsmen.org
About the Bellwood Sportsmen's Association
Bellwood Sportsmen's Association is situated on about 127 acres of land just above Root's Crossing, about two miles north of Bellwood on Route 865, on the way up the mountain to Blandburg. As you can see, new sign was made and erected, farther back from the road. To get directions to Sportsmen's, click here, or feel free to call the Caretaker, Walt Lysinger, at (814) 742-9891, or call the Club at (814) 742-9497.
For those who are looking for a club where you can shoot rifle or pistol on target ranges, Sportsmen's has target stands at 25, 50, 100, 200 and 300 yards, and metal silhouettes at 200 and 300 yards. There are 12 "U-shaped" shooting stations, and there are rifle rests and sand bags for shooters' use. All of this provides excellent facilities for sighting-in hunting guns. There is also an area set aside for archery practice.
For the shotgunners, the club has two trap ranges. The trap team competes here and at other league club sites. Trap season will be under way for 2002 starting in April, and trap practice wil be shot on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 following the start of Daylight Savings Time. Shotshell is prohibited on the rifle and pistol ranges, but for patterning, there is a wooden skid at the end of Trap Range 1, to the far right of the Rifle Range.
The club's Thursday night Shotgun Shoots, started in September and run through April. These are friendly family affairs, with shooters of all ages and capabilities taking part. The club runs a hot dog stand, and coffee, soft drinks, tea and hot chocolate are for sale, and soft pretzels have been added. The club is interested in encouraging the young people in the area to take an interest in the sport of safe shooting, and they are welcome to participate in the shooting.
For the fishing enthusiasts, the club is once again raising trout to stock the club pond. On the 2nd of July the Fish and Boat Commission delivered nearly 3,100 fingerling, which will be hand-fed until April, when they will be used to stock parts of the Bells Gap streams on the Club property, and to provide the kids of the area with the opportunity to learn the skills of trout fishing.
The rules and regulations for fishing in the pond are as defined in the Sportsmen's Fishing Rules, but basically it is a program that the Club has for the young fishers under the age of 16. As might be expected, there are always a few "adults" who can't understand a youth-oriented activity, nor be embarassed into refraining from competing with the little kids for the easy fishing, but the kids still have a lot of fun. Not intended to be a child care activity, it intends for the parent(s) to remain with the fishers, to supervise, and more importantly, to enjoy this activity together.
For those who might not know it, the Bellwood Sportsmen's Association spends a significant amount of money feeding and caring for these trout, in order for the knowledge and love of the sport to be passed from one generation to another. I can't tell you how many people said that they remember their Dad bringing them "Sportsmen's Dam" when they were kids - now they are Dads or even Granddads. For me, watching the excitement of the young people as they experience this sport is well worth the time spent in working with the fish.
Every member of the Association is encouraged to take advantage of the facilities of the Club, and everyone is welcome to join the club. For those who wish to use the target shooting facilities, they are required to become familiar with the Range Rules.
The financial support of the club depends on the dues paid by the members, (many of whom only visit the club for the annual "shooting-in" prior to hunting season) as well as the fees charged for trap shooting during the summer months, and the Thursday Night Shotgun Shoots during the winter months. The dues and fees are listed in the fee schedule.
Where our members lived . . . .
For those who are interested in the membership and where our members live, here are some figures on how many we are and where we called home. Click here to go see the numbers.