SACRAMENTO — There's a lot of outdoor things to do this weekend, and one of the largest is the huge Clear Lake Catfish Derby, but there's also a big wood duck field day in Lodi, and a Cal Waterfowl Junior Waterfowl Day in Kingsburg, plus much more!
Sunday is the last day for junior licensed hunters and archery buffs to bag that turkey before the extended spring season ends.
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.
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 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.
Sat., May 19: FUNDRAISER FOR REDWOOD COAST CDA: California Deer Association fund-raising banquet in Eureka. For information, contact Tim Pricer (707) 599-2216, or go to www.caldeer.com/.
May 19: CAL WATERFOWL JUNIOR WATERFOWL DAY: Held at Kingsburg Gun Club, 2246 Gilbert Drive, Kingsburg. Registration 8-8:30 a.m, Competition and Demonstrations from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sprig member $20 age 5-17, Ages 4 and younger are free. Contact Don O’Dell at (559) 627-2203 or (559) 591-9378 or Jeff Carroll at (559) 285-7881 or visit www.calwaterfowl.org/web2/supportcwa/attendevents/default.htm.
May 19: CAL WATERFOWL KERMAN BANQUET: Held at Kerman Community Teen Center, 15100 W. Kearney Blvd., Kerman. Cocktails 5 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Contact Scott Kovacevich at (559) 289-1695 or Jon Wills at (559) 301-6445 or visit, www.calwaterfowl.org/web2/departments/fundraisingandevents/Flyers/Kerman12.pdf.
May 19: WOOD DUCK FIELD DAY IN LODI: California Wood Duck Program at Kautz Farms and Ironstone Winery WDP in Lodi from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All about wood ducks, how to start wood duck projects, build nest boxes, more. Register online at events.SignUp4.com/WoodDuck101 or contact Robert Franco at (707) 290-3601 or E-Mail: email@example.com.
Sun., May 20: SCI WILD GAME DINNER IN SF: The San Francisco Bay Area Safari Club International Annual Wild Game Dinner runs 5:30 to 8 pm. For more information: www.safariclub-sfbay.org.
May 20: ARCHERY/YOUTH TURKEY SEASON CLOSES: Last day of archery wild turkey hunting season. Please see the regulations at
Tues., May 22: TYEE CLUB MEET IN SF: San Francisco Tyee Club meeting At Pacific Rod & Gun Club at Lake Merced in San Francisco. Dinner 7 to 7:30 pm. Information, sftyeeclub.com/.
Weds., May 23: F&G COMMISSION MEET IN MONTEREY: Fish and Game Commission meeting at Beach Resort Monterey, 2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Monterey (93940). Please visit www.fgc.ca.gov for more information. View or listen to California Fish and Game Commission meetings via Internet webcasting.
Sat. May 26: DFG TROUT FEST IN TUOLUMNE COUNTY: Trout Fest at Moccasin Creek Fish Hatchery, 20 miles south of Sonora in Tuolumne County (off Highway 49 at junction of Highways 49 and 120).10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn proper fishing techniques, how to clean and cook a fish, and the role of the hatchery system.Something for everyone, including kids. See poster at www.dfg.ca.gov/Events/Trout_Fest, contact Jana Leiran at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit DFG’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CaliforniaDFG.
May 26: EAGLE LAKE OPENS: Eagle Lake opens up to fishing.
Thurs., May 31: CAL WATERFOWL RODEO-CROCKETT BANQUET: Cal Waterfowl Rodeo-Crockett Prawn Feed at Crockett Community Center, 850 Pomona Street, Crockett. Cocktails 5:00 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Contact Bart Bates at (510) 262-0103 or visit www.calwaterfowl.org/web2/supportcwa/attendevents/default.htm.
May 31: WCB MEETING IN SACRAMENTO: Wildlife Conservation Board meeting, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State Capitol, Room 112, Sacramento (95814). The room is subject to change. For more information please visit www.wcb.ca.gov.
Sat./Sun., June 2 & 3: CALIFORNIA HUNTER SAFETY CLASS: Held at Waterloo Guns & Bocci Club, 4343 North Ashley Lane, Stockton. Class begins at 8 a.m. Contact Tim Davanis at (916) 335-9604 or Don Giottonini at (209) 464-4565 or visit www.calwaterfowl.org/web2/supportcwa/attendevents/default.htm.
Fri., June 8: SUPPORT SALMON WITH GGSA: The Golden Gate Salmon Association Sonoma County Membership Dinner in Santa Rosa at the Friedman Event Center, 4676 Mayette Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95405. Go to goldengatesalmonassociation.com/.
Sat., June 16: SONOMA COUNTY K-9 TRIALS: The 6th Annual Sonoma County Law Enforcement K-9 Trials from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Windsor High School, 8695 Windsor River Rd., Windsor. Family fun as the police demonstrate their K-9's obedience, agility, searches and protection. Food and drinks available for purchase. No pets, please! Contact Pat Moffitt at email SCSOK9Unit@hotmail.com or call (707) 565-3940.
June 16: SUPPORT SALMON WITH GGSA: Golden Gate Salmon Association Lodi Sponsor Dinner at Thomas Home, 930 Peltier Road, Lodi, CA., 95242. Go to goldengatesalmonassociation.com/.
Sat., June 23: EASTERN SIERRA CDA BANQUET: California Deer Association fund-raising banquet in Bishop. For information, contact Doug Brown (760) 937-7963 or go to www.caldeer.com/.
Tues., June 26: TYEE CLUB MEET IN SF: San Francisco Tyee Club meeting At Pacific Rod & Gun Club at Lake Merced in San Francisco. Dinner 7 to 7:30 pm. Information, sftyeeclub.com/.