TUESDAY: An enrollment and orientation meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Savannah Rapids Pavilion in Columbia County for new and returning members of the Clay Pigeon Target Sporting Program open to students in seventh through 12th grades. The team is sponsored by the University of Georgia’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Science, with volunteers and coaches trained by Georgia 4-H and Project S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness Fun and Education). The yearly club fee is $135.00, includes shells, clays, trophies, and competition fees to attend district & state matches. Practices are are held on Thursdays and will begin in February at a closed section of the Columbia County Landfill off Columbia Road Although participants are expected to provide their own 12 or 20 gauge shotgun, new members can arrange to borrow a shotgun. For more details, visit the program’s Web site at www.columbia4htrap.org.
FEB. 21: South Carolina Waterfowl Association will hold its CSRA Conservation Dinner at 6 p.m. at Palmetto Terrace, 100 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta. The event includes auctions, raffles, dinner and cocktails. Tickets are $45 or $60 per couple. For details contact Austin Taylor at (803) 556-9626.
MARCH 22-24: The 29th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic will be held at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. Doors will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, March 22; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24. New and returning major attractions are R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere from the History Channel reality show Swamp People who will be at the 2013 Classic signing autographs. Bwana Jim’s Wildlife Show specializes in reptiles such as snakes, alligators, and turtles, and other animals such as armadillos, wallabies and exotic birds. Stand before the Muzzy 200 Club Monster Buck Display and you will see over 3,000 inches of whitetail antler mass on just twelve bucks. Do you desire to have a well-trained companion at your side hunting or at your feet by the fire? Crown Creek Kennel’s demonstrations are highly education for those who seek to learn more about retriever training. BASS TUB: Come see a 5,500-gallon aquarium stocked with largemouth bass, featuring fishing seminars and casting demonstrations by Keith Johnson. Wood and stone carving by William McKinney: See him use naturally found dead wood and stones to create beautiful art. For more information on the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic, call the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Columbia office at (803) 734-4008, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic Web site at www.psclassic.com. Admission is $8 and parking is free. Seniors 62 and over get in for $7 while children 10 and under are admitted free.