It’s late January. Get your calendars out.
A special day to introduce young people to the outdoors, a major bass-fishing tournament, a free hunter-education class and sailfish tournaments are among the outdoors events worth considering in the next two weeks.
Here’s a list:
*This weekend (Jan. 28-29), the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation Commission will offer a free hunter-education course at the Everglades Youth Camp in the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area in northern Palm Beach County. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Those who complete the written part of the course online can attend only on Sunday. Students learn about gun safety, wildlife identification, hunter ethics and get hands-on shooting practice at the gun range. It’s all free. Preregistration is required. Call (561) 625-5122 or register online at www.myfwc.com/huntersafety.
*On Saturday (Jan. 28), the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society will offer “tours” of the winter constellations at the Dupuis Management Area in western Martin County. The star-gazing event is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the management area on State Road 76 west of Indiantown. (Address: 23500 S.W. Kanner Highway). Enter at Gate 5 and meet at the visitor center.
*Also Saturday (Jan. 28), the Heath Evans Foundation is hosting its second annual Super Sailfish Bowl tournament. The event raises money to help victims of sexual abuse. The entry fee is $1,500 in the open division and $750 in the amateur divison. The captain’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Roxy’s Rooftop Bar in downtown West Palm Beach. For details, call (561) 373-5424 or go to www.heathevans.org.
*On Feb. 4, the Florida Sportsmen’s Conservation Association will hold its annual Outdoor Youth Day from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday at the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area. That’s off Seminole Pratt-Whitney Road in northern Palm Beach County. Airboat and swamp buggy rides, trail hikes, archery, shooting at a gun range, a frog-gigging contest, a petting zoo and cane-pole fishing will be offered. The entrance fee of $10 covers all activities. For details, go to www.fscai.com.
*Feb. 1-3: The Sailfish Open tournament, formerly based at Duck Key in the Florida Keys, is coming to Palm Beach County. Fishing will be Feb. 2-3 based at Sailfish and Cannonsport marinas on Singer Island. For details, call (404) 787-3210 or go to www.worldfishingtour.com.
*Feb. 9-12: Touring bass pros from across the country will fish on Lake Okeechobee during the Walmart FLW Tour bass tournament based in Clewiston. Weigh-ins, free and open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. the first two days at Roland and Mary Anne Martin’s Marina in Clewiston. On the final two days (Feb. 11-12), weigh-ins begin at 4 p.m. at the Clewiston Walmart. For details, go to www.flwoutdoors.com.
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