Originally created 04/12/98

Outdoors calendar



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

-- April 18: Augusta's U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 2-1 will hold a Jet Ski Safety Course from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Augusta Port Authority building at Augusta Riverfront Marina. The course is free, but there is a $15 charge for study material. Those who complete the course will receive a card that satisfies Georgia's new law requirements for operators of personal watercraft (jet skiis), auxiliary officials said. To register, call 722-1788 in Augusta.

-- April 18-19: Advanced Redfish School, with optional Monday fishing trip by arrangement. School is for intermediate to advanced fly casters who want to learn and improve skill levels for sight-casting to salt water game fish. Emphasis on double-haul, distance and accuracy. Detailed instruction on knots, tackle, flies, tides and ways to deal with wind. Cost is $375. Orvis instructor is David Murray with 20 years experience in the Beaufort, S.C., area. More information: 1 (803) 524-5250.

-- April 21: The Sierra Club, an outings club, invites the public to see slides taken by members of places they've visited., Bring a food dish and join the pot luck dinner. Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Church on Walton Way Extension in Augusta. More information: 863-2324.

-- April 23: The Edgefield County Bass Club, Chapter No. 5 from the Black Bass Foundation, will play host to its annual Sportsman's Banquet at the Edgefield Gym. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event features guns, wildlife art, rods, reels, latest in lures and tackle. Admission is $35 and includes a catfish dinner, bass club and foundation memberships. Tickets are available at the door and proceeds benefit local children's fishing event and the Slade's Lake (Edgefield city pond) restoration project. More information: 1 (803) 637-3100 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., during the week.

-- April 25: Fall Line Archery Club, Sandersville, Ga., 3-D Tournament, 20 targets. Range located at intersection of Highway 15 North and Fall Line Freeway. Registration from noon until 2 p.m. Trophies will be given in following classes: Freestyle, bowhunter, novice, ladies, pee-wee, youth, cubs, traditional, limited. Concession stand open. 80-pound maximum draw weight and field glasses allowed. More information: Daryl Frost, 1 (912) 552-3597; Bill Black, (912) 348-4609; Bobby Hendricks, (912) 552-2651; Mark Harvey, (912) 552-8449.

-- April 26: 11th annual Augusta Canal Canoe Cruise and Barbecue Cookout. $38.50 per person includes canoe, life jacket, paddle, surprise souvenir, security, transportation, launch and landing assistance, musical entertainment by "Stardust," puzzles, prizes and a feat of smoked turkey, barbecued pork and beef and all the trimmings. Register now at Riverwalk Cotton Exchange, corner of Eighth and Reynolds streets (Monday-Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5, phone (706) 724-4067), or WACG, 90.7 FM studios in Augusta State University's Hardy Hall (open weekdays 9-4, phone (706) 737-1661). Advance registration required by April 24. Sponsored by Walton Rehabilitation Hospital and International Paper Co. Proceeds benefit Peach State Public Radio.

-- April 30: The Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society will meet at the Nancy Carson Library, 135 Edgefield Road, Belvedere, S.C., three miles south of Interstate 20, at 7 p.m. Anne Waters of Augusta will present a slide program on her birding trip to Kenya last year. More information: Carol Eldridge, president, 1 (803) 471-2821.

-- May 15-17: Southeastern Traditional Archery Championships, Robin Hood Archery Range, 2915 Cade Circle, Elberton, Ga. 30635. More information: John Hood, 1 (706) 283-4878.

-- May 16: Fall Line Archery Club, Sandersville, Ga., 3-D Tournament, 20 targets. Range located at intersection of Highway 15North and Fall Line Freeway. Registration from noon until 2 p.m. Trophies will be given in following classes: Freestyle, bowhunter, novice, ladies, pee-wee, youth, cubs, traditional, limited. Concession stand open. 80-pound maximum draw weight and field glasses allowed. More information: Daryl Frost, 1 (912) 552-3597; Bill Black, (912) 348-4609; Bobby Hendricks, (912) 552-2651; Mark Harvey, (912) 552-8449.

-- May 21: Columbia County chapter, Waterfowl U.S.A., will hold its annual fund-raising banquet at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Tickets are $35 and include a year's subscription to Waterfowl magazine, a year's membership, dinner of Southern-fried quail, Cajun-styled quail, grits and biscuits, assortment of desserts and iced tea and one door prize entry. Raffle prizes include a 14-foot john boat with electric motor and battery, a black powder gun, blue fox fur coat, gas grill, 10x12 deck package plus other guns and framed prints. Auction items include a five-day, four-man Arkansas waterfowl hunt, two-man, three-day hunt at Heartland Lodge in Illinois. More information: Benjamin A. Bell, (706) 736-0066.

-- May 23-24: Rocky Comfort Bowhunters' 7th annual Cottonmouth Classic. 40 MacKenzie targets, casual registration 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Must start by 10 a.m., if both rounds shot on Sunday. Registration fee $20. Three traditional classes: Men's longbow, recurve, women's. Shooters party Saturday night. Campers welcomed. More information: Rick at 1 (912) 625-7869, or 625-7665; Jim at (912) 625-7514, or Greg at (912) 364-8716.

-- June 1-Aug. 14: South Carolina Waterfowl Association's Camp Woodie, Wetland Wildlife Center, Lake Marion. For children 8-15 to learn waterfowl and wildlife conservation basics during week-long camps. Waterfowl identification, wingshooting, archery, boating, swimming and hands-on waterfowl programs. More information, Brad Jones, camp director, 1 (803) 452-6001.

-- June 7: Fall Line Archery Club, Sandersville, Ga., 3-D Tournament, 20 targets. Range located at intersection of Highway 15North and Fall Line Freeway. Registration from noon until 2 p.m. Trophies will be given in following classes: Freestyle, bowhunter, novice, ladies, pee-wee, youth, cubs, traditional, limited. Concession stand open. 80-pound maximum draw weight and field glasses allowed. More information: Daryl Frost, 1 (912) 552-3597; Bill Black, (912) 348-4609; Bobby Hendricks, (912) 552-2651; Mark Harvey, (912) 552-8449.

-- June 27: Fall Line Archery Club's 3-D pop-up tournament. Details TBA.