Outdoors calendar

The Swamp Fox Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its 31st annual banquet at 5:30 p.m. March 7 at the Ladson Fairgrounds. Tickets are now on sale. Contact Wayne Grace at (843) 834-7779 or Joe Becknell at (843) 303-3787.

Haddrell’s Point Tackle in Mount Pleasant will offer a free seminar on rigging ballyhoo at 6 p.m. Monday. 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. Tuesday 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. Thursday 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. March 3 at the West Ashley location of Haddrell’s Point Tackle. Call (843) 573-3474.

The Mount Pleasant and West Ashley locations of The Charleston Angler have scheduled seminars on March 7 as part of the stores’ Spring Fling Fishing Expo. The Mount Pleasant schedule is: 10:30 a.m., Saltwater 101, Capt. Mark Phelps; 12:30 p.m., How to Fish Artificials, Capt. Greg Peralta; 2:30 p.m., Stalking the Flats, Justin Carter. West Ashley seminars are: TBA, Spring Trout and Redfish, Capt. John Irwin.

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.

The South Carolina Duck Calling Contest will be held March 8 on Main Street at 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.

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 St. Call (843) 571-3899 or (843) 884-2095.

Capt. Joe Benton and Capt. Colt Harrison will conduct a fly tying seminar at 6:30 p.m. 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.

Capt. John Irwin will lead a free seminar on Spring Redfish at 6:30 p.m. April 7 at the Mount Pleasant location of The Charleston Angler. Call (843) 884-2095.

Capt. Brandon Long will lead a free seminar on offshore fishing basics at 6:30 p.m. April 14 at the West Ashley location of The Charleston Angler. Call (843) 571-3899.

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.

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: 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.

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— Tommy Braswell