P. O. Box 312 Bellwood, PA 16617 (814) 742-9497
About 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, our new sign was made, and erected farther back from the road. To get directions to Sportsmen's, click here, 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 a pistol-only shooting area, and there is also an area set aside for member's archery practice near the front of the club grounds.
For the shotgunners, the club has two trap ranges. The trap team competes here and at other league club sites. Trap season gets underway around April, and trap practice is shot on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 in the summer and Sunday afternoons in the fall and winter
Shot shell is prohibited on the rifle and pistol ranges, but for patterning, there is a wooden skid at the left side of the pistol range. Other than trap and patterning, there are no range facilities for shotgun shooting.
The club's Thursday night Shotgun Shoots start in September and run through April. These are friendly family affairs, with shooters of all ages and capabilities taking part. The club runs a kitchen serving hot dogs, coffee, soft drinks, tea and hot chocolate, as well as assorted and varied foods. 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 continues to raise trout to stock the club pond. Around the beginning of July the Fish and Boat Commission delivers about 4,200 fingerlings, which are hand-fed until next April, when they will be used to provide the kids of the area with the opportunity to learn and enjoy 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 embarrassed 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 equally important, 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.