•?Saturday — The Tusky River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its 22nd fundraising banquet at Raintree Country Club, 4350 Mayfair Road, Green. The event will be from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and include live and silent auctions. Tickets are $65 each or $90 per couple and include a one-year membership to the federation. For more information, call Dan Roth at 330-794-1777.
•?April 9 — The Summit Sportsman’s 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 14 — Goodyear Hunting and Fishing Club will host its Children’s Trout Derby from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park’s Little Turtle Pond, 2400 Harrington Road, Akron. The club will stock rainbow trout for the free event, which is open to children 15 or younger. Adult supervision is required. Adults may not fish. Bring your own fishing equipment and bait. If you forget your bait, the park will have bait for sale. Minnows are not permitted. Trophies will be awarded. Registration is not required. For wheelchair accessibility, see the park ranger in the parking lot. Hot dogs, chips, pop and coffee will be available for purchase.
•?April 15 — 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.psfs-club.org or call Lew Weygandt at 330-688-6507.
•?April 17 — Fur Takers Chapter 8 of Northeast Ohio will host a meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Suffield Fire Department Community Room. Guest speaker Beth Wallace will cover the topic Northeast Ohio Radio Controlled Coyote Study from the Akron-Cleveland metro parks and Cuyahoga Valley area. For more information, call Gary at 330-297-1957 or Mike at 330-678-3132.
•?May 25 — The 2012 annual fundraising banquet of the Western Reserve Friends of NRA will be at LaMalfa, 5783 Heisley Road, Mentor. The event will begin with an open buffet from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be a reverse raffle, side raffles and prizes. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $120 per person. Additional meals are $45 each. Tickets include dinner and a chance at the reverse raffle main board. Advanced ticket sales only. For more information, call 888-752-9119 or send email to westernreserveFNRA@gmail.com.
•?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.
•?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.
•?Sunday — Greensburg Lions Club Park, 4200 Cottage Grove Road, Green, will hold shoots with cash and meat prizes through April. Shoots begin at 11:15 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Food is available. For more information, call Rich Johnson at 330-604-0387.
•?Sunday — A 30-target, 3-D shoot will be held at the Lone Eagle Bowmen Club at 2276 Seeman St. SW in East Sparta. Registration will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The shoot is open to the public. Crossbows are welcome. There will be cash prizes and awards for cubs and peewees. The Lone Eagle Bowmen have about 250 wooded acres. Take Interstate 77 South to the Fohl Road exit. Go east on Fohl to Dueber Avenue and turn right on Battlesburg Road. Go left on Seeman Street. Similar events will be May 6, June 3 and Sept. 2. For more information, call Matt Williams at 330-575-0744 or Gary Williams at 330-484-6535.
•?Sunday — The Wingfoot Bowhunters Club, 425 E. Waterloo Road, Suffield Township, will host a 30-target, 3-D shoot. Registration is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Concessions are available. New members are welcome. For more information, call 330-633-5292.
•?Monday — The Edinburg Sportsman Association, 7261 Tallmadge Road, Edinburg Township, has trap league shoots from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The club is open for practice from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays. New shooters are welcome. For more information, call 330-325-1733 or 330-472-7206.
•?April 15 — Crystal Springs Bowhunters will host a 3-D outdoor target shoot with 30 total targets on Deerfield Avenue Northwest in Canal Fulton. The event is open to the public. Crossbows are permitted. Cost is $5 per shoot for members and $10 for nonmembers. Children 15 or younger can shoot for free with a paying adult. Memberships are $35 per individual or family. Similar events will be May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug. 19 and the Last Draw Classic on Sept. 15. Registration will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Concessions will be available. For more information, visit www.3dshoots.com or call Chad Vetter at 330-603-3161 or Randy Fitzwater at 330-806-7273.
•?April 21-22 — The Lake Milton Fish and Game Club, 4314 Bedell Road, Berlin Center, will host a 3-D archery shoot. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. Crossbows are permitted. No range finders are allowed. Similar events will be May 26-27. For more information, call Dennis Dabney at 330-414-5795.
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.
Portage County — Portage-Summit Field & Stream Club will conduct a hunter education class today and Saturday at the Portage-Summit Field and Stream Club, 8504 U.S. 224, Deerfield Township. Today’s session will be 6 to 9 p.m. while Saturday’s class will be 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The course is free. Students are asked to register online at www.dnr.state.oh.us or by calling 800-WILDLIFE. Students 10 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
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