The Portage Summit Field & amp; Stream Club will host a basic pistol class Saturday, a basic rifle class March 8 and an annual self defense class March 12.
The basic pistol and rifle classes will take shooters of all experiences through complete safe firearm handling and proper shooting skills including firearms safety, nomenclature, care and cleaning, function, shooting technique, positioning, range procedure, scoring and awards.
Both the basic pistol and basic rifle classes will begin at 9 a.m. on the respective Saturdays.
Students under the age of eighteen must be accompanied through out the classes by a parent, guardian, or responsible adult.
The self defense class -- redesigned and now known as "Concealed Carry Firearms & amp; Self Defense Training"-- is being changed to accommodate both male and female students with the possible coming of new concealed carry legislation for Ohio. The 10-week class will meet from 6 to 10 p.m. The first week of self defense will be for all students and entail registration and basic firearms safety. The next three weeks will be for female students only and will cover "women's self defense techniques. Weeks five through 10 will be for all students and will consist of self defense and combat style shooting with handguns, legal aspects of self defense shooting, and the carrying and transportation of firearms.
The training should meet the training requirements of concealed carry legislation as currently under legislative consideration for Ohio.
It is recommended that those planning on attending the concealed carry firearms class attend the basic pistol class Saturday.
There are minor charges for both the basic classes to cover instructional costs. The concealed carry class fee is $50 to cover cost of class material, ammunition, targets and printed material.
Preregistration is requested for all classes; call (330) 773-5701 or (330) 872-0674 for the basic classes. Concealed carry class preregistration is limited to the first 20 students who submit registration fees; send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to All Outdoors, 1404 Warren Road, Newton Falls, Ohio 44444-9751 requesting a class brochure and enrollment application.
The club is 11/2 miles west of the Deerfield traffic circle on U.S. Route 224 , on the west side of the former Midwest Fire Works manufacturing and sales company.
State record certified
Carl Stolz of Bradford rang in 2003 fishing the Allegheny Reservoir in McKean County and was rewarded by landing the largest northern pike on record in Pennsylvania.
The 35-pound pike replaced a 33-pound, 8-ouncer landed 23 years ago from the same reservoir by Gerald Enderle of Tioga.
Stolz was fishing with a shiner on a treble hook when the line on one of his tip-ups starting rapidly peeling away. He set the hook, felt no movement and assumed he was snagged - until something heavy starting racing away.
About 20 minutes later the fish finally tired and close to the surface. At 48-inches long with a 12-inch girth, getting the fish through the hole was challenging. With the help of a gaffe and some elbow grease, Stolz finally managed to tug the northern onto the ice.
A meeting for the Lakes Tournament Trail will be at 5 p.m. March 5 at Vic's Sports Center, 2039 Tallmadge Road, Kent, to go over rules and information.
Tournaments will be April 19, Mosquito Reservoir; May 4, West Branch Reservoir; June 1, Berlin Reservoir, July 13, Mosquito; Aug. 10, Berlin; Sept. 21, Portage Lakes. A two-day championship will be Oct. 4, 5 at Portage Lakes. For information call tournament director Louis Kunkle, (330) 825-5702.