SACRAMENTO — The trout opener for streams and the lakes and streams in the Eastern Sierra is on Saturday, and COHA is holding a big fundraiser at the Wilderness Unlimited Sac. Valley RV Park.
There's a black powder hunting clinic in Davis, and the DFG is holding "Trout Fest" at the Kern hatchery. Of course, there are plenty of fundraising dinners to help out your favorite outdoor group.
Western Outdoor News welcomes calendar items pertaining to hunting, fishing and upcoming events. Send them to P.O. Box 1536, Placerville, CA 95667 or to e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. Hunter Education Training classes are conducted on a monthly basis. Go online to www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/index.aspx for a complete, statewide listing of hunter safety course contacts. Courses are now available online — check the web site address above.
Various dates: Mourning Dove Banding Training, multiple dates in April. Help DFG monitor and preserve California’s native bird species throughout the state. The Mourning Dove Banding Program needs volunteers to help trap and band 4,000 birds this summer. For more information please contact Karen Fothergill, email@example.com or Heather Hlusak, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (916) 445-3563.
Fri., April 27: GUN OWNERS FUNDRAISER IN ROCKLIN: Gun Owners of California Rocklin Fundraising Banquet, raffles, auctions and prime rib dinner. Call (916) 984-1400 or www.gunownersca.com.
Fri., April 27: MOUNT ST. HELENA BANQUET: California Deer Association fund-raising banquet in Calistoga. For information, contact Rick Sereni (707) 291-5407, or go to www.caldeer.com/.
Sat., April 28: BANQUET FOR CDA IN GUSTINE: California Deer Association Westside fund-raising banquet in Gustine. For information, contact Anthony Castro (209) 854-6709, or go to www.caldeer.com/.
Sat., April 28: OPENER OF STREAM TROUT SEASON: Streams and rivers statewide open for trout fishing along with the Eastern Sierra trout opener of lakes and streams.
Sat., April 28: BLACK POWDER HUNT CLINIC IN DAVIS: DFG Advanced Hunter Education Program black powser hunting clinic in Davis, Yolo County from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Yolo Sportsmen's Association range 5 miles northwest of Davis.. Register online at www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/advanced/blackpowder.aspx.
Sat., April 28: TROUT FEST AT KERN: Trout Fest, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kern River Hatchery, 14415 Sierra Way, Kernville (93238). It's free, fun and open to the public. There's something for everyone, hands-on educational opportunity, demonstrations and learn from fishing experts. Contact Jana Leiran at email@example.com.
Sat., April 28: COHA FUNDRAISER WITH W.U.: 2012 "Wild" Dinner fundraiser to support Wilderness Unlimited Foundation and the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance beginning at 6 p.m. at the W.U Sac Valley RV Park on Hwy 20 east of Williams. Dinner, top shelf bar, gun raffle tickets, A "Sportsmen's Team Effort" call W.U. at (877) 611-4868 or Rick Bulloch at (916) 606-7039 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat., April 28: YOUTH ARCHERY CLASSES: The DFG is offering the Youth Archery Spring Fling Cliniic from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Maya Archery Range in Roseville at 750 Galleria Blvd., open for youth 8 to 17. Pre-registration is required. Register online at www.dfg.ca.gov/yo/registration.html. For additional information, please call Lesa Johnston at (916) 322-8933.
Sun., April 29: ULTIMATE BASS MEDIA DAY: The Ultimate Bass Pardee Lake/Jackson Rancheria Media Day. Pros will be fishing and doing seminars. Anglers invited to follow along. Gone Fishin' Marine will have new boats on the water and Lowrance electronics will beon hand. For more info www.pardeelakerecreation.com.
Mon., April 30: LAST DAY OF CLAM DIG: Last day of recreational Pismo clam season in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Details at
Tues., May 1: NORTH OCEAN SALMON OPENS: Ocean salmon season opens May 1 from Horse Mountain to the Oregon/California state line. For more information go to www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/oceansalmon.asp or call the Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline (707) 576-3429.
Fri., May 4: DIABLO BLACKTAIL FUNDRAISER FOR CDA: California Deer Association fund-raising banquet in Concord. For information, contact Dave Hunter (925) 200-0449, or go to www.caldeer.com/.
Fri., May 4: SANTA ROSA CWA BANQUET: Santa Rosa Banquet hel at Santa Rosa Veterans Hall, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa.. Cocktails 5 p.m. and finner at 7 p.m. Contact Tom Tolliver at (707) 568-3257 or Tom Homen at (916) 606-7257 or visit www.calwaterfowl.org/web2/departments/fundraisingandevents/Flyers/SantaRosa12.pdf or purchase tickets at http://events.signup4.com/santarosa12.
Sat., May 5: NORTH VALLEY FUN SHOOT: Cal Waterfowl North Valley Fun Shoot to be held at Redding Gun Club, Seven Lakes Lane, Bella Vista, Registration 7:30 a.m, Practice Round 8 a.m., Shooting Begins 9 a.m., Lunch and Raffle 1:00 p.m. Contact Jay Reagan at (530) 223-0976 or visit www.calwaterfowl.org/web2/departments/fundraisingandevents/Flyers/NorthValleyShoot12.pdf.
Sat., May 5: GOLD RUSH CRAB FEED: Cal Waterfowl Gold Rush Crab Feed held at Gold Country Fairgrounds, Placer Hall Building, 1273 High Street, Auburn. Cocktails 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Contact Jeff Bucher (530) 263-0680 or Mara Nursement at (530) 637-9111 or visit www.calwaterfowl.org/web2/departments/fundraisingandevents/Flyers/GoldRush12.pdf.
Sat., May 12: CENTRAL VALLEY DINNER: California Deer Association fund-raising banquet in Fresno. For information, contact Mike Foxen (559) 259-1567, or go to www.caldeer.com/.
Sat., May 12: CAL WATERFOWL SISKIYOU DINNER: California Waterfowl Siskiyou Dinner held at Mt. Shasta Community Building, 629 Alder Street, Mt. Shasta Cocktails 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Contact Dan Henson at (530) 905-1164 for information visit www.calwaterfowl.org/web2/departments/fundraisingandevents/Flyers/Siskiyou12.pdf.
Sat., May 12: BENICIA-VALLEJO DU DINNER: The Benicia-Vallejo Annual Banquet at Benecia Clock Tower, 1189 Washington Street, Benicia, beginning at 5:30, dinner at 6:30. Raffles, auctions and more. Contact Bill Warren, Chairperson (707) 745-0974.
Sat., May 12: DFG TROUT FEST IN FRESNO COUNTY: The public is invited to the DFG's "Trout Fest" at the San Joaquin Hatchery in Friant from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a free of fun that introduces people to the sport of fishing with plenty of activities for the whole family. Go to www.facebook.com/CaliforniaDFG for more information.
Weds., May 16: CIFFI BIG BLAST IN SACRAMENTO: California Inland Fisheries Foundation BLAST, 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, Riverside Blvd. Sacramento. General Membership Meeting with snacks, huge outstanding raffle and Special Guest, Dept. of Fish & Game Director Chuck Bonham. Reserve your space now: www.CIFFI.org.
Sat., May 17: CAL WATERFOWL FOLSOM-GOLD HILLS BANQUET: Held at Folsom F.O.E. 929, 215 Scott Street, Folsom. Cocktails 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Contact Scott Mueller at (916) 648-1406 ext. 133 or visit www.calwaterfowl.org/web2/supportcwa/attendevents/default.htm.
Fri-Sun., May 18-20: CLEAR LAKE CATFISH DERBY: The Clearlake Oaks/Glenhaven Business Association is sponsoring the 29th Annual Catfish Derby, from noon Friday, May 18, through noon Sunday, May 20, 2011. Adult Derby and a Kids Derby for those under 16 years old. Cash prizes. Derby headquarters at the Clearlake Oaks Fire Station, 12655 East Highway 20, open daily. Derby headquarters open for pre-registration from noon to 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. No registrations will be accepted after 11:00 p.m. on Friday. Proceeds from the event benefit community projects. For applications, call (888) CL-DERBY, (707) 998-1006; for information, (707) 998-3795, www.clearlakeoaks.org.