Local Dog Club Expands Opportunities for Hunters

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – January 30, 2017 – The Rolfe Beagle Club announces increased opportunities for deer hunters, coyote hunters, and upland bird hunters for 2017.  These new events are a continuation of the club’s efforts to expand opportunities available at the club grounds on Long Level Road between Wilcox and Ridgway in Elk County.  “Many years ago, we switched over from being strictly a beagle club to being a dog club where members can run any type of dog, even a toy dog, just for exercise in our fenced grounds,” said Jim Pennington, Jr., President.  “That worked well, so we’ve been exploring options since then to offer more opportunities for dog handlers and hunters.  We have a special permit from the PGC to train bird dogs on live birds and harvest those birds for retriever training on a year-round basis.”

Friday, 2/17/17 thru Sunday, 2/19/17 at 5:00 p.m. the club will offer its first ever Statewide Winter Coyote Hunt.  Every coyote harvested will receive an equal portion of the prize money; size does not matter.  New also this year is the “ghost” coyote raffle.  Contact Chris Double of Double Drop Tine Outfitters at chris@threemilebeagles.com or 814-964-2961.

Sunday, 4/30/17 the first phase of Mentored Grouse and Woodcock Hunting will take place at the Brockway High School Trap Range.  This training is provided by the Ruffed Grouse Society, Allegheny Chapter for hunters of all ages new to grouse and woodcock hunting.  This day will concentrate on clay shooting, gun safety, and shotgun familiarity.  Contact Rich Elliott of the Ruffed Grouse Society, Allegheny Chapter at crawld11@gmail.com or 814-661-6753 if you want to learn how to hunt the “King of the Game Birds”.

Sunday, 5/7/17 the Spring Bird Dog Challenge will take place at the Rolfe Beagle Club training grounds.  Flight quail will be released on the grounds for a fun bird dog challenge.  Points are awarded for the bird dog’s work and the hunter’s ability to harvest up to three quail. This is a fun event, not a trial.  Contact Mary Hosmer at wlhab@windstream.net or 814-512-2101.  The number of entries will be limited in order to provide a quality event and have fun, too.  This event is co-sponsored by the Ruffed Grouse Society, Allegheny Chapter.

Saturday, 8/5, in the morning the second phase of the Mentored Grouse and Woodcock Hunting will take place at the training grounds of the Rolfe Beagle Club.  The second phase of this training will concentrate on field skills, habitat awareness, map reading, and familiarity with GPS for hunters new to grouse and woodcock hunting.  This training is sponsored by the Ruffed Grouse Society, Allegheny Chapter.  Contact Rich Elliott at crawldd11@gmail.com or 814-661-6753.

Wednesday, 8/30 thru Saturday, 9/9, at noon the Third Annual, 10-Day, Statewide Fall Coyote Hunt will take place.  New this year is the addition of the “ghost” coyote raffle.  Size does not matter as all coyotes harvested will receive a prize.  Contact Chris Double of Double Drop Tine Outfitters at chris@threemilebeagles.com or 814-964-2961.

Saturday, 9/9 in the morning the Second Annual Fall Bird Dog Challenge will take place at the Rolfe Beagle Club training grounds.  The bird dog challenge will be run similar to the spring challenge.  This event is co-sponsored by the Ruffed Grouse Society, Allegheny Chapter.  Contact Mary Hosmer at wlhab@windstream.net or 814-512-2101.

Saturday, 9/9 in the afternoon the third phase of the Mentored Grouse and Woodcock Hunting will take place at the training grounds of the Rolfe Beagle Club.  The third phase of this training will concentrate on bird dog familiarity, safety, and care of the dogs.  This training is sponsored by the Ruffed Grouse Society, Allegheny Chapter.  Contact Rich Elliott at crawldd11@gmail.com or 814-661-6753.

Saturday, October 28 the fourth and final phase of the Mentored Grouse and Woodcock Hunting will take place as each participant will be paired with an expert grouse and woodcock hunter for a day of hunting in nearby forests.  Here is the prime opportunity for attendees of the Mentored Grouse and Woodcock Hunting previous three classes to head out into the woods and put their newly learned skills to use with an expert hunter as their coach.  Grouse are notoriously hard to hit and any hunter harvesting the “King of the Game Birds” ought to be proud.  The Rolfe Beagle Club will be offering a bird cleaning/check station for any upland birds harvested that day.  Samples will be taken for disease testing, and aging and sexing of the birds.  In addition, the Rolfe Beagle Club will open their training grounds for any hunter who wishes to shoot chukars at the end of the day.  This training is sponsored by the Ruffed Grouse Society, Allegheny Chapter.  Contact Rich Elliott at crawldd11@gmail.com or 814-661-6753.

All Deer Seasons 2017 the club grounds will be open to the public for hunting of deer.  This includes archery, muzzleloader, rifle, and flintlock seasons. 

“We may be a small club but we make a special effort to give opportunities to hunters,” says Ray Erich, Vice-President.  “Come see what we are all about.”

Rolfe Beagle Club address is 1016 Long Level Road, Johnsonburg, PA 15945 and meetings are every Sunday morning.