Originally created 02/22/98

Waterfowl USA banquet at West Lake on March 5



The Augusta chapter of Waterfowl USA will hold its annual fund-raising banquet at West Lake Country Club on Thursday, March 5.

Social hour starts at 6 p.m., with the banquet at 7, and tickets are $50 each, including a year's subscription to the organization's magazine.

More information is available from Enon Hopkins Jr., at 738-7663, Stan Weaver at 737-8010, or Ralph Bowles at 738-9446.

The Augusta chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its second annual spring banquet on March 19, two days before the start of Georgia's spring wild turkey gobbler season.

The banquet will be held at Julian Smith Casino. Tickets cost $50 for individuals and $250 for sponsors, with built-in amenities. Six issues of Turkey Call magazine, four issues of The Caller and a year's membership in the federation are included in the $50 ticket.

More information is available from Scott Kelly at 828-2623.

The 29th annual South Carolina State Wild Turkey Calling Contest will be held Saturday, March 7, starting at 10 a.m., at the National Wild Turkey Federation headquarters on Highway 25 near Edgefield. Divisions are women's, junior, youth and senior open divisions plus the state contest for residents 18 and older. An owl-hooting contest open to all comers also will be held. Call Gina Kowalewski at 1 (803) 637-3106 for more information.

Callers must provide proof of NWTF membership and pay a nominal entry fee. Winners become eligible to compete in next year's Grand Wild Turkey Calling Championships in Charlotte, N.C.

BOATING COURSE:

The South Carolina Watercraft and Boating Safety Act of 1996 requires boating safety training for anyone younger than 16 who wants to operate a boat or personal watercraft powered by engines of 15 horsepower or more without being accompanied by an adult.

No courses have been scheduled for western South Carolina counties at this time, but a home study course is available. Boating education manuals may be picked up at any Division of Motor Vehicles office, or they can be ordered by calling toll-free 1-800-277-4301 Monday through Friday during business hours of 8 a.m., to 4:30 p.m.

HUNTER CLASSES:

A 10-hour hunter education course offered by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is mandatory for all residents and non-residents born after June 30, 1979.

A course will be taught in Aiken on Feb. 28 from 8 a.m., to 6 p.m., at Clemson Extension, 1555 Richland Avenue. Pre-registration is a must since seating is limited to 35 people. Call 1 (803) 649-6911. A course will be scheduled at the Barnwell office of the DNR. Call 1 (803) 259-7900 for more information.

A course will be taught at the National Wild Turkey Federation headquarters in Edgefield County on March 16 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. To pre-register, call Carol Jordan at 1 (803) 637-3106, extension 3050.

General course information also is available by calling 1 (803) 734-4003.

ARCHAEOLOGY -- YOU DIG?

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers during the week of March 16-20 at Great Pee Dee Heritage Preserve.

They'll work with archaeologists excavating some of the 2,725 acres in Darlington County. Those interested in getting involved in the week-long excavation, room, board and entertainment will be provided for a fee of $300. Interested persons can contact Christopher Judge at 1 (803) 734-3753.

NOTHING TO DO? READ ON:

The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism has featured 300 activities to take place this spring and summer at state parks in a publication called Parkview. Coastal kayaking, shipwreck tours down the Ashley River, fishing tournaments, wildflower walks and at least one crab clinic. The free publication is available by calling a (803) 734-0156, or by writing to S.C. State Park Service, 1205 Pendleton Street, Columbia, S.C. 29201.