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Published: Sat, September 9, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



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Membership banquetfor Ducks Unlimited

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Ducks Unlimited Mahoning Valley Chapter annual membership banquet will be Sept. 22 at Assumption Social Center, 356 South Belle Vista. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 and an auction at 8:30. Ticket prices: $60 individual, $95 couple, $40 greenwing, $300 sponsor and $340 sponsor couple. For reservations, call David Brown at (330) 533-2455 or Dan Donoghue at 726-0626 or Greg D'Angelo at 533-9766 or Walt Ibele at 533-6638.

Ducks Unlimited eventscheduled for October

NILES -- Trumbull County Ducks Unlimited's 15th annual banquet will be Oct. 20 at Ciminero's Banquet Centre, 123 Main St. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7. Tickets are $45 per person or $65 per couple. For more information, call Jim Waldman at (330) 393-4636.

NRA Youth Sportsfest

VIENNA -- The Trumbull County 4-H Shooting Sports Pioneers Club will host a free NRA Youth Sportsfest Camp on Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fish & amp; Game Club of Vienna on state Route 193. Purpose of the event is to teach basic gun and archery safety to youths ages 9-18. Picnic lunch will be provided. Preregistration at least two weeks in advance is required. Guns will be provided. Call (330) 898-4486 or e-mail LarryBeard@aol.com.

Hunter education

MASURY -- A hunter education course will be held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Brookfield Tri-District Conservation Club on Sharon-Hogue Road. The student must attend all three sessions. To register for the free course, call Ed Wolfinger at (330) 550-2400 or Frank Bayer at (330) 448-2825.

ELLSWORTH -- A hunter education course will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16-17 at the Mahoning County Coon Hunters Protective Association on U.S. Route 224. Both sessions are mandatory, and David Rickert is the instructor. Preregistration is required. For more information, call (330) 788-1288 between 6-9 p.m. on weekdays.

Self-defense training

MASURY -- The Brookfield Tri-District Conservation Club on Sharon-Hogue Road will conduct a concealed carry firearms and self defense shooting class Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 1. The class will be taught by retired deputy sheriff and police Sgt. Bruce Knodel. It will consist of four hours Friday evening from 6 to 10 and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The class will include the NRA basic pistol course and additional training on self-defense shooting skills. The class will be limited to 10 students. Enrollment fee is $100, and all students must be preregistered. For additional information, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to All Outdoors, 1404 Warren Ravenna Road, Newton Falls, Ohio 44444-9751.

RAVENNA -- Portage Summit Field & amp; Stream Club will offer Knodel's concealed carry firearms and self defense shooting class Oct. 20-22. The class will be limited to 10 students. Enrollment fee is $100, and all students must be preregistered. For additional information, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to All Outdoors, 1404 Warren Ravenna Road, Newton Falls, Ohio 44444-9751.

Olympic rifle shooting

VIENNA -- A 10-week class for instruction in Olympic rifle shooting will begin Monday. Boys and girls ages 12-17 are invited to the sessions on safe gun handling and position shooting. The classes will be conducted at the Fish & amp; Game Club of Vienna across from Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. For more information, call NRA coach Russ Evans at (330) 534-5344.

Ladies and Youth Day

RIMERSBURG, Pa. -- The Oak Ridge Pointing Dog Club will sponsor a Ladies and Youth Day Oct. 22 at 8 a.m. at the club grounds. Women and youths who participate can experience archery; pistol, rifle and shot gun shooting; and hunting birds with a pointing dog. Preregistration is required. A $5 charge includes lunch. Call Bill Pietrzyk at (724) 327-6946.

Touring coastal dunes

COLUMBUS -- Tours of Ohio's best coastal dunes will be held Sept. 16 at Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve as part of the Natural Areas Discovery Series, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Natural Areas & amp; Preserves. The 25-acre preserve is situated along the coast of Lake Erie in Lake County and features an array of plants generally found only along the mid-Atlantic Coast. The first of three naturalist-led hikes begins at 7:30 a.m. and will explore a variety of birds, including shorebirds that rest along the preserve's beach in the fall. Additional hikes will be conducted at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., focusing on the unique vegetation of the dunes. "This is the time of year when a wide variety of birds begin returning from Canada to their southern homes," said Charlotte McCurdy, preserve manager. "Headlands Dunes is a great place to see them as they stop to rest and refuel after the long journey across Lake Erie." Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve is located west of Fairport Harbor at the north end of State Route 44 and the east end of Headlands Beach State Park. Parking and restrooms are available in the state park. For more information, call (440) 632-3010. Sponsored by the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, the Natural Areas Discovery Series features scheduled hikes, interpretive activities and an opportunity for visitors to meet preserve and scenic river staff. The next event will be Sept. 23 at Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve in Warren County.




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