Outdoors Calendar

The listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.


TODAY: The Women's Pistol Shooting Group will meet at Carolina Star Gun and Hunt Club pistol range in Windsor, S.C., at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Range fee is $20. Beginners are welcome. Call (803) 641-1742 for more information.

THURSDAY: The Clays Shooting League at Carolina Star Gun and Hunt Club will begin its winter season, with openings available for individual, group or corporate members. Three sessions of trap, three sessions of five stand and three sessions of skeet will be completed during a nine-week season. Team and individual scoring will be on a handicap basis to provide parity for beginners through experts. To enter a team or join as an individual, contact Peggy Crockett at (803) 649-0878 or carolinak80Aaol.com.

SATURDAY: A three-hour Phinizy Swamp Nature Park Waterfowl Walk will begin at 9 a.m. at the Phinizy parking lot. This trip, sponsored by Phinizy, costs $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. Call (706) 828-2109 to make reservations.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY: Free fishing days will be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 50 acres of managed lakes at Graystone Ranch Wildlife Education Center off Peach Orchard Road in Richmond County. Fishing for bream, crappie and trophy bass is available. Visit www.graystoneranch.com for more details or for directions.

JAN. 18: An NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program session will be held at Carolina Star Gun and Hunt Club at 1:30 and 3 p.m. The range fee is $20 per shooter. Qualification certificates and awards will be presented as shooters obtain increasing levels of expertise. For information and registration, contact Ed Majzlik (NRA Certified Instructor) at edmajzlik@atlanticbb.net or (803) 641-1742.

JAN. 20: A program on how to purchase locally grown foods will be offered at the Sierra Club's January meeting, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church, Walton Way Extension. Jan Perry, market manager for Augusta Locally Grown will discuss the operation and how to participate. For more information, visit http://augusta.locallygrown.net. The Sierra Club meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact Judy Gordon at (706) 650-8314 or jgordon77@comcast.net.

JAN. 24: An ATA Registered Trap Shoot will be held at Carolina Star Gun and Hunt Club. Shooting will start at 10 a.m. Contact Peggy Crockett at (803) 640-0878 or carolinak80@aol.com for more information.

JAN. 24: An NRA First Step Pistol Orientation class will be offered at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Carolina Star Gun and Hunt Club. This class is for beginner pistol shooters. The fundamentals of safety, pistol operation and marksmanship will be taught. A live-fire range session is included. Cost is $60. Contact Ed Majzlik at (803) 641-1742 for details.

JAN. 24-25: The Atlanta Fly Fishing Festival will be held at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10. Kids under 13 admitted free. For more details, call (770) 623-4966 or go to www.castlow.com.

FEB. 7: Augusta Aiken Audubon Society will sponsor a field trip to the Brickyard Ponds to look for wintering and resident birds. Members will be looking for the early arrival of Purple Martin scouts as well. Participants should meet at Popeyes restaurant on Walton Way at 9 a.m.

To submit an item for the Outdoors Calendar, send to: Outdoors Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, Columbia County Office, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3-B, Evans, GA, 30809; e-mail Rob Pavey at rob.pavey @augustachronicle.com; or fax to (706) 868-9824.



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