•?April 8 — The Summit Sportsmans Association, a fishing and hunting club, meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Polish American Club, 472 E. Glenwood Ave., Akron. Guests are welcome. For more information, call Harold McAbee at 330-630-9621.
•?April 11 — The Goodyear Hunting & Fishing Club, 1221 Wingfoot Lake Road, Suffield Township, holds its meetings at 7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. New members are welcome. Contact: Lew Weygandt at 330-688-6507.
•?April 21 — The Portage-Summit Field & Stream Club, 8504 U.S. 224, Deerfield Township, holds meetings at 2 p.m. the third Sunday of each month. Meetings are open to the public and to those interested in becoming a member. For more information, visit www.psfsclub.org or call Lew Weygandt at 330-688-6507.
•?April 25 - 28 — The second annual Buckeye TrailFest will be held at Red Oak Camp in Kirtland. This gathering of Buckeye Trail enthusiasts, hikers and trail maintainers features programs, presentations and hikes in and around Lake and Geauga Counties. Registration is $45 and $35 for Buckeye Trail Association members. For more information or to register, visit BuckeyeTrailFest.org.
•?Today — Lenape Trail Sportsman Club, 15413 Salt Creek Road, Mount Eaton, will host protector trap shoots beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 330-695-9826.
•?Today — The Bolivar Sportsman’s Club, 11286 Bolivar-Strasburg Road NW, Bolivar, hosts open trap shoots at 6:30 p.m. every Friday. For more information, call 330-874-3175.
•?Today — The Lake Milton Fish & Game Club, 4375 Bedell Road, Berlin Center, hosts open and protector trap shoots at 6 p.m. every Friday. New shooters welcome. For more information, call Dean at 330-557-4001.
•?Saturday — The Copley Trap Range, 1665 Jacoby Road, Copley Township, is open for shoots from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday. For more information, call Brad Harker at 330-855-1174 or Harvey Bechtel at 330-620-6909.
•?Monday — The Edinburg Sportsman Association, 7261 Tallmadge Road, Edinburg Township, hosts its spring trap league shoots from 6 to 9 p.m. New shooters are welcome. For more information, call 330-325-1733 or 330-472-7206.
•?Tuesday — The Portage-Summit Field & Stream Club, 8504 State Route 224, Deerfield Township, will host its weekly trap shoots every Tuesday evening, from 5 to 9 p.m. All shooters are welcome. For more information, call 330-688-6507 or go to psfsclub.org.
•?April 7 — The Lone Eagle Bowmen’s 3-D archery shoot begins its 2013 calendar year of shoots. The club, 2276 Seeman St., SW, Canton, will have a 30 target 3-D shoot that begins at 9 a.m. Similar events: May 5, June 2, Aug. 4 and Sept. 8. For more information, go to LoneEagleBowmen.com.
•?April 14 — The Lost Arrow Archery Club, 3307 17th Street SW, Massillon, hosts a 30 target, 3-D shoot and five tree stand shoot. The shoot is from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All kinds of bows are welcome. Information: lostarrowarcheryclub.com or call 330-933-0980.
Those purchasing an Ohio hunting license for the first time must complete a hunter education course. Additionally, Ohio hunters seeking licenses in other states may be required to show proof that they completed such a course. There is no charge. For more information, call 800-WILDLIFE.
•?Summit County — Buckeye Outdoors Youth Education and Shooting Center is sponsoring a free Hunter Education Home Study Course on April 5, at the Ohio Sportsmen and Farmer League Clubhouse, 1775 Jacoby Road, Copley Township. The hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Preregistration must be completed by contacting the Ohio Division of Wildlife at 800-WILDLIFE or online at wildohio.com. The course is opened to Ohio residents only. Youths 17 years old or younger must complete all the chapter review questions and bring them to the class for inspection. Any other questions can be answered by calling class instructor Harvey Bechtel at 330-620-6909.
The Akron Sail and Power Squadron (ASPS) will conduct a series of 6-week-long boating safety courses in various locations throughout the greater Akron area. This course is open to the public and satisfies Ohio’s Mandatory Boater Education Law, which requires boaters born after Jan. 1, 1982, who operate a boat over 10hp to obtain the Ohio Boater Education Card. Developed by the United States Power Squadron (USPS), America’s Boating Course includes a 244-page full-color manual. The manual is the course textbook containing five chapters packed with boating tips, including the nautical rules of the road, useful information on boating law, safety equipment and safe boating practice, navigation, boating problems and trailering, storing and protecting your boat. The first four chapters contain core boating information while the last optional chapter provides an introduction to GPS waypoint navigation and piloting via dead reckoning skills. The course fee is $35. Graduates receive a 6-month membership in the ASPS and the “Ohio Boating Education Card,” mandatory for boat operators born after 1981. The course runs 7 to 9 p.m. and is being offered twice during the month of April at the following locations: Cuyahoga Falls High School, 2300 Fourth St. Cuyahoga Falls, in the school library beginning April 9 and continuing each Tuesday through May 14; and at Copley High School, 3807 Ridgewood Road, Copley Township, in Room 127 beginning on April 10 and continuing each Wednesday through May 15. To attend, or for more information, contact Don Gifford at 330-929-6045 or by email at email@example.com.
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