The East Cooper chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its 18th annual Oyster Road and Lowcountry Cookout at 6 p.m. Friday at the Charleston Visitor Center Bush Shed. Tickets are $75. Visit ducks.org/ southcarolina.
The South Carolina Duck Calling Contest will be held March 8 on Main Street in Georgetown with the state champion earning a spot in the World Duck Calling Contest in Stuttgart, Ark. The event begins at noon with the Junior Open for callers 16 and younger as of Thanksgiving 2015. The S.C. State Contest, open to South Carolina residents 17 or older as of Thanksgiving 2015, will follow with the winner required to compete in the World Duck Calling Contest. Contact Marc Ackerman at (843) 706-8869.
Haddrell’s Point Tackle in Mount Pleasant will offer a free seminar on offshore fishing, including rigging lures, sharpening hooks, setting drags, etc., at 6 p.m. Feb. 16. Call (843) 881-3644.
Capt. Ben Floyd will lead a free seminar on All Things Nearshore at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the Mount Pleasant location of The Charleston Angler. Call (843) 884-2095.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-8 will hold a GPS for Mariners course from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Coast Guard Station Charleston on Tradd Street. The cost is $45, which includes the textbook. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haddrell’s Point Tackle in Mount Pleasant will offer a free seminar on rigging ballyhoo at 6 p.m. on Feb. 23. The seminar is limited to 12 people. Call (843) 881-3644.
Capt. Robert Olsen will lead a free seminar on Early Wahoo at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the West Ashley location of The Charleston Angler. Call (843) 571-3899.
Simon Owens will lead an Advanced Fly Tying Class — Working with Deer Hair seminar at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the West Ashley location of Haddrell’s Point Tackle. There is a $20 material charge and the class is limited to 10 persons. Call (843) 573-3474.
Capt. Geoff Bennett will lead a free Spring Reds seminar at 6 p.m. on March 3 at the West Ashley location of Haddrell’s Point Tackle. Call (843) 573-3474.
Capt. Joe Benton and Capt. Colt Harrison will conduct a fly tying seminar at 6:30 p.m. on March 17 at the West Ashley location of The Charleston Angler. There is a $10 materials fee and the class is limited to 10 participants. Call (843) 571-3899.
Tickets are available at all The Charleston Angler locations for the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour that will be held March 13 at the Charleston Music Hall, located at 37 John Street. Call (843) 571-3899 or (843) 884-2095.
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival will be held April 17-19 at James Island County Park. The festival showcases canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding as well as mountain biking, slack lining, archery, climbing and disc golf. For information visit CharlestonCountyParks.com or call (843) 795-4386.
Fly Fishing 201
The Charleston Angler will hold a series of Fly Fishing 201 Schools led by Capts. John Irwin or Joe Benton at the West Ashley store located at 654 St. Andrews Blvd. The cost is $75 for the classes which run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and are limited to 10 participants. Upcoming dates include: Feb. 21; March 14; April 19; May 9; June 13; July 18; Aug. 15; Sept. 19; Oct. 17; Nov. 14; and Dec. 12. Call (843) 571-3899 or (843) 884-2095.
Saltwater Sportsman Seminar
The Saltwater Sportsman Seminar Series will visit the Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach on March 7. The Seminar Series is led by George Poveromo, host of George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing, and Charleston fisheries biologist Don Hammond. Among the scheduled speakers are Summerville’s Paul Godbout and Capt. Fred Rourk of Georgetown. Tickets are $55 and include five hours of instruction, a seminar textbook, a year’s subscription to Saltwater Sportsman and other goodies. Call 1-800-448-7360 or visit nationalseminarseries.com.
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- Tommy Braswell