Originally created 09/17/06

Outdoors calendar



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

TUESDAY: Kathy Roe, a professional wildlife rehabilitator, will use live possums to discuss wildlife rehabilitation and life with possums during the Sierra Club's 7:30 p.m. monthly meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3501 Walton Way Extension. The public is welcome. Call (706) 650-8314 for more details.

THURSDAY: A defensive pistol match will be held at Shooters Indoor Range on Patriots Way at 7 pm. Cost is $10. See www.csrapistol.com for details.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY: An archery only hunt will be held at the 2,545-acre Bussey Point wilderness area at Thurmond Lake. Limit is two does and one quality buck (15-inch spread or greater). Check-in is required. Call (800) 533-3478, ext. 1159 for more details.

SATURDAY: A Kids Fishing Derby and Kids Shooting Day will be held at Fort Gordon in honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The Fishing Derby begins at 7 a.m. at Claypit Lakes for children 3 to 15. Shooting Day activities are for kids 6 to 15, and will begin with registration at noon at Range 14. Instructors will be on hand for archery, rifle and skeet shooting and a Georgia DNR hunting simulator and wildlife display will be on hand, too. Free hot dogs and drinks will be provided and the public is welcome at all events. Call (706) 791-5078 for directions or more details.

SEPT 24: A PPC pistol match will be held at Pinetucky Gun Club at 9 a.m. Cost is $4 for Pinetucky members and $12 for non-members. See www.csrapistol.com for rules and www.pinetucky.com for directions.

SEPT. 30: The Edgefield chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be hosting a JAKES/Xtreme JAKES field day event full of hands-on, outdoor activities at the Wild Turkey Center in Edgefield, S.C. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $7. The event costs $7 and includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. Call (803) 637-3106.

OCT. 5: The Ridge Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association will hold its second annual banquet & auction at 6 p.m. at Johnston Municipal Building, 100 Academy Street, Johnston, S.C., with raffles, drinks, dinner and prizes. Tickets are $55 for adults, $80 for couples, $250 for sponsors and $500 for corporate tables. Tickets are available at the Rocky Store in Edgefield or by calling (803) 275-4144.

OCT. 6-8: Graves Mountain, a former mine known for its rare minerals, will be open to the public for the semiannual Rock, Swap & Dig event in which visitors can chisel away at rock outcrops in search of rare minerals and regional rocks. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and admission is free. For details, call (706) 359-3862.

OCT. 6-7: The 13th annual Still Target Championships will be held at the National Wild Turkey Center, Edgefield, S.C., with divisions for 12- and 20-gauge shooters, ladies, youth and an open class. Call (800) 843-6983 for more details.

OCT. 13: An archery only hunt will be held at the 2,545-acre Bussey Point wilderness area at Thurmond Lake. Limit is two does and one quality buck (15-inch spread or greater). Check-in is required. Call (800) 533-3478, ext. 1159 for more details.

OCT. 13-15: A fishing expo will be held in conjunction with the Skeeter Bass Boat Owners Tournament at Thurmond Lake's Wildwood Park. The event includes food, live entertainment and exhibits. Call (706) 541-0586 for more details.

OCT. 14: A muzzleloader hunt limited to 100 hunters will be held at the 2,545-acre Bussey Point wilderness area at Thurmond Lake. Limit is two does and one quality buck (15-inch spread or greater). Check-in is required. Call (800) 533-3478, ext. 1159 for more details.

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 to rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com; or fax to (706) 868-9824.