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FEB. 11: Pinetucky Gun Club will offer its NRA First Steps Pistol Class that includes basics of marksmanship, care and cleaning of your pistol. Class time is 5:30-8:30 p.m., cost is $65 and pre-registration is required. Contact Steve Meldrum@ stevesgun@comcast.net, or at the club (706) 592-4230.

FEB. 16: Pinetucky Gun Club will offer “Introduction to Handgun Sport Shooting” with topics such as safe gun handling, competition equipment, drawing, reloading, etc. Start time will be 8:30 a.m. and cost is $15. For more info, e-mail pistolclass@csrapistol.com.

FEB. 19: The Sierra Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Walton Way Extension. Sam Collier, from the world-wide Climate Reality Project, will be in Augusta to speak to the local Sierra Club about climate change. For more information, contact Judy Gordon, gordonjudith@att.net.

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, (803) 556-9626.

FEB. 23: Pinetucky Gun Club will offer a USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) Pistol Shoot in which a shooter’s abilities are measured through obstacle-laden courses. The shooter moves, negotiates, runs, covers, and speed reloads through the stage as fast as their skill will allow. If this fast-paced shooting sounds like fun, come out and give it a try. Starts at 8:30 a.m., and cost will be $5 for members, $12 for nonmembers, plus USPSA fees. Pistol range will be closed during this event.

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., March 22; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., March 23; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 24. New and returning major attractions are R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere, from the History Channel reality show Swamp People, 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 more than 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 educational 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, e-mail psc@dnr.sc.gov 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.

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