BEST BET Jan. 31 Great American Hunting and Outdoor Show, sponsored by the National Rifle Association, Carroll County Agriculture Center, Westminster. Speakers include former wold goose calling champion Sean Mann, Ken Penrod of Life Outdoors Unlimited and TV personalities Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $10; children under 11, free. Details: 703-267-1524 or rpeak@nrahq.org.

ARCHERY Feb. 7 Ephrata Bowmen 3D Shoot, 7 a.m. -2 p.m., 899 N Maple St., Ephrata, Pa. Thirty targets. Details: ephratabowmen.com or 717-733-7170 on day of event. Sundays through March Winter 3-D shoot, sponsored by Anne Arundel Archers, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Twenty targets set in the woods. Casual registration; open to the public. 20 targets set up in the woods. Club is in Crofton on the southbound side of Route 3, across from McDonald's. Details: annearundelarchers.com

BIKING April 7 Bike Maintenance 101, 7 p.m., with technicians at REI Timonium, 63 West Aylesbury Road. Learn how to how to fix a flat, lube a chain, and other adjustments to keep your bike in good running order. Free. Details: 410-252-5920.

BIRDING Feb. 10 and 24 Search for wintering birds, 8 a.m., during a guided walk at the Patuxent Research Refuge. For ages 16 plus. Field guides and binoculars recommended. The visitor center is in Laurel on Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197. Reservations: 301-497-5887. Feb. 7 Go on an "owl prowl," 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract, Laurel. Fore ages 5 and up. The North Tract is on Route 198, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32. Reservations: 301-497-5887. May 7 Birding basics, 7 p.m., with wildlife ecologist Dave Brinker at REI Timonium, 63 West Aylesbury Road. Learn about field guides and what to look for when choosing binoculars. Details: 410-252-5920.

CHILDREN Jan. 23 Learn how and why animals hibernate in winter and how they prepare for winter, 10 a.m., at Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area, 5100 Deer Park Road, Owings Mills. Participants will take a short hike and make a craft to take home. For ages 6-12. Cost: $5/person (includes materials). To register: 410-461-5005. Jan. 24 Learn the basics of animal tracking at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, 11704 Fenno Road, Upper Marlboro, and hear the story of how our ancestors used tracking methods for survival, 2 p.m.. Free. Details: 301-888-1410. Jan. 30 Owl prowl at Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area, 5100 Deer Park Road, Owings Mills. Program at 8 p.m. includes a hike and a presentation by DNR's Scales & Tales staff. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. For ages 7 and up. Cost: $5 /person. To register: 410-461-5005.

FISHING Feb. 6 and 13 Striped bass lecture series with Capt. Tom Hughes, guide, 1 p.m.- 3 p.m., Community College of Baltimore County, 11101 McCormick Road, Hunt Valley. Topics include: understanding weather and water conditions, productive lures and flies and maximizing your fishing time. Cost: $59. To register: Call 443-840-4700 or boating@ccbcmd.edu. Feb. 8 Jerry Sauter will explain techniques for freshwater bass and striped bass fishing at a meeting of the Pasadena Sportfishing Group, Earleigh Heights Fire Hall, Ritchie Highway and Magothy Bridge Road, Severna Park. The doors open at 6 p.m.; meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments available for purchase. Club is accepting donations of new or used fishing or boating items to support its 2010 fishing derbies for youngsters. Details: 410- 439-3474. Feb. 9 State fisheries biologists will discuss the state of the black bass fishery and research and protection plans at a round table, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., DNR Headquarters, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis. Details: 410-260-8257. Feb. 9 Jim Uphoff, state fisheries biologist, will discuss habitat at a meeting of the Northwest Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfisherman's Association, 7:30 p.m., Shannon's Pub & Grill, 4401 Annapolis Road, Baltimore. Details: mskurth@comcast.net or 410-536-0450. Feb. 8 Capt. Mark Galasso will discuss fishing techniques at the Bay-Bridge Tunnel at a meeting of the Pasadena Sportfishing Group, 7:30 p.m., Earleigh Heights Fire Hall, Ritchie Highway and Magothy Bridge Road, Severna Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. for fishing talk. Dinner and refreshments are available for purchase. Details: 410-HEYFISH or pasadenasportfishing.com. Feb. 27 Meet several of the nation's most celebrated fly tyers and casters-- Lefty Kreh, Bob Popovics, Bob Clouser and Steve Silverio--at the eighth annual TieFest, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Kent Narrows Yacht Club, 428 Kent Narrows Way North Grasonville. Details: tony@ccamd.org.

HIKING Feb. 3 Moderate five-mile hike in the McKeldin area of Patapsco Valley State Park with the Mountain Club of Maryland. Details: 410-730-4351. Feb. 6 Moderate seven-mile hike over hilly terrain along Gunpowder Falls to Prettyboy Dam with the Howard County Sierra Club. Depart Columbia at 9 a.m. from Long Gate Parkway commuter lot off Route 100, just east of Route 29. Bring lunch and water. Details: 410-964-1902 or jameshike@verizon.net. Feb. 10 Level trails and bush wacking possible on this nine-mile hike in the Patapsco River watershed near Bowie with the Mountain Club of Maryland. Details: 410-721-1106 (before 9 p.m.) Feb. 10 Hike along the Gunpowder River with the Mountain Club of Maryland. Six miles; moderate pace. Details:410-444-4342. Feb. 13 Work up a sweat during this 11-mile hike in the Daniels area of Patapsco Valley State Park with the Mountain Club of Maryland. Short section of very rocky terrain; total ascent of 1,000-plus feet; some bushwhacking; moderate pace. Details: 410 747-2868. Feb. 13 Strenuous 15-mile hike at Susquehanna State Park near Havre de Grace with the Mountain Club of Maryland. Points of interest include the Historic Rock Run Grist Mill and great views of the Susquehanna River. Details: 410- 461-4979 (before 9 p.m). Feb 14 Tour the famous sights of Washington during a six-mile hike with the Appalachian Mountain Club. Step off at 10 a.m. from Union Station main entrance. Rain or shine; show and go--no registration required. Details: amc-dc.org (click: "Activity List") or 410-263-1844. Feb. 14 Eight-mile hike along unmarked and unmaintained trails on the Howard County side of Patapsco Valley State Park with the Mountain Club of Maryland. Numerous stream crossings; total ascent of about 1,200 feet. Lunch by the water. Details: 410-747-2868. Feb. 17 Hike a figure 8 circuit of about 9.8 miles in northern Catoctin Mountain Park in Frederick County with the Mountain Club of Maryland. Details: 410-730-5957. Feb. 17 Middle Patuxent trail hike of five miles with the Mountain Club of Maryland. Moderate pace. Details: 410-747-2366. Feb 20 Join the Freestate Happy Wanderers Walking Club at its 5-Km or 10-Km recreational walk at the Vansville Neighborhood Recreation Center 11733 Old Baltimore Pike, Beltsville. In conjunction with Black History Month, a memorabilia collection will be on display. Start the walk between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and finish by 4 p.m. Details: 301-572-5574 (before 9 p.m.) or wahasse@ix.netcom.com. Sports information at ava.org/clubs/freestate. Feb 20 Seven-mile car shuttle hike in the Jerusalem Mill area of Little Gunpowder Falls with the Appalachian Mountain Club. Moderate with some rocky terrain. Registration required. Nasty weather cancels. Details: 410-867-7971, evenings, or fofonoff@si.edu. Feb. 20 A 12-mile,out-and-back hike from Leakin Park to Carroll Park Golf Course on the Gwynns Falls Trail with the Mountain Club of Maryland. Details: 410-486-8737. Feb. 21 A 8.5-mile hike over unmarked and un-maintained trails in Patapsco Valley State Park with the Mountain Club of Maryland. About 1,000 feet of climbing with multiple minor stream crossings. Scenery includes open field vistas, river overlooks, ponds, streams and mature forest enclosures. Moderate pace. Details: 410 747-1081. Feb. 21 Nine-mile hike at a moderate pace in Catoctin Mountain Park with the Mountain Club of Maryland. Elevation gain is 1,500 feet. Details: 410-871-0066. Feb. 24 Nine-mile out-and-back hike from Avalon area of Patapsco Valley State Park to Ellicott City and Banneker Historic Park with the Mountain Club of Maryland. Moderate pace. Details: 410-486-8737. Feb. 24 Eight easy, dumbbell-shaped miles on the paved trails of Columbia and Ellicott City along the Little Patuxent River and around Centennial Lake with the Mountain Club of Maryland. No significant hills or stream crossings. "Sneaker" hike (boots are superfluous). Bring water and lunch. Details: 410-750-8512 (before 8 p.m.) Feb. 27 Strenuous, 15-mile hike in Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mountain Park with the Mountain Club of Maryland. Elevation gain of about 2,000 feet. Nice winter views from several overlooks. Details: 410-889-8225. Feb 28 Moderately-paced and enviro-educational hike of eight or nine miles at St. Mary's River Park with the Appalachian Mountain Club and Sierra Club. See 250-acre lake, woodlands, fields and wetlands. Bring lunch and water (hot beverages also recommended) and warm clothing. Arrange with the leader to drive directly to the trailhead. Entry fee: $4 per vehicle. Details: 202-423-7913. March 6 Tour the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center laboratory in Edgewater take an easy, five-mile hike on nature trails through woods and marshes by Chesapeake Bay. Look for waterfowl and see ruins of an old plantation and a grove of bald cypress. Registration required. Details: 410-867-7971, evenings, or fofonoff@si.edu.

HUNTING Now Tickets on sale for the Potomac Valley Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society 13th annual conservation and sportsmen's banquet, Feb. 20, at the Urbana Volunteer Fire Department, 3602 Urbana Pike, Urbana. Reception at 5:30 p.m; dinner at 7 p.m. Proceeds will be used to restore and protect grouse and woodcock habitat. Tickets: $50. Details and reservations: 301-233-5365, or schoquette2@comcast.net. Now Tickets on sale for the Maryland Bowhunters Society annual banquet 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., March 13, Michael's 8th Avenue, 7220 Greyburn Drive, Glen Burnie. Tickets can be ordered online at marylandbowhunterssociety.org or by calling Dennis Bradford, 410-430-7104. Every Tuesday Trap shooting open to the public, March through December, 5 p.m., Stoney Creek Fishing and Hunting Club, 9090 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena. Details: 410-255-9425. March 15 and 20 State hunter education course, Stoney Creek Fishing and Hunting Club, 9090 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena. Classroom instruction on Monday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.; field work on Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration required at Bart's Sports World, 6814 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie. Details: 410-255-9425. May 17 and 22 State hunter education course, Stoney Creek Fishing and Hunting Club, 9090 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena. Classroom instruction on Monday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.; field work on Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration required at Bart's Sports World, 6814 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie. Details: 410-255-9425. Aug. 16 and 21 State hunter education course, Stoney Creek Fishing and Hunting Club, 9090 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena. Classroom instruction on Monday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.; field work on Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration required at Bart's Sports World, 6814 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie. Details: 410-255-9425. Sept. 27 and Oct. 2 State hunter education course, Stoney Creek Fishing and Hunting Club, 9090 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena. Classroom instruction on Monday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.; field work on Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration required at Bart's Sports World, 6814 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie. Details: 410-255-9425. Nov. 1 and 6 State hunter education course, Stoney Creek Fishing and Hunting Club, 9090 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena. Classroom instruction on Monday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.; field work on Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration required at Bart's Sports World, 6814 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie. Details: 410-255-9425. Aug. 7, 8 and 20 Hunter qualification for hunting on federal property and sight-in for big-game season, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Stoney Creek Fishing and Hunting Club, 9090 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena. Details: 410-255-9425. Sept. 14, 19 and 25 Hunter qualification hunting on federal property and sight-in for big-game season, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Stoney Creek Fishing and Hunting Club, 9090 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena. Details: 410-255-9425. Oct. 16 and 17 Hunter qualification for hunting on federal property and sight-in for big-game season, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Stoney Creek Fishing and Hunting Club, 9090 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena.Details: 410-255-9425.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

Feb. 1-4 Winter meeting of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, Crowne Plaza Old Town, 901 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, Va. Details: 202-289-6400 or asmfc.org. Feb. 9-11 Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, 100 Heron Blvd. at U.S. 50, Cambridge. Details: 410-901-1234. Feb. 9 Meeting of the Sport Fish Advisory Commission meeting, 6 p.m., DNR Headquarters, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis. Details: 410-260-8257. May 3-6 Spring meeting of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, Crowne Plaza Old Town, 901 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, Va. Details: 202-289-6400 or asmfc.org. Aug. 2-5 Summer meeting of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria, 901 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, Va. Details: 202-289-6400 or asmfc.org. Nov. 8-12 Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's 69th annual meeting, The Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King St., Charleston, S.C. Details: 202-289-6400 or asmfc.org.

SHOOTING Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 Airgun League, Stoney Creek Fishing and Hunting Club, 9090 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena. Ten 10 matches, beginning at 5 p.m. All shooting, except for beginning juniors, is offhand and the course of fire for each match is 40 rounds at bulls eye targets at 25 feet, and 20 rounds at silhouette targets at 50 feet. Details: 410-255-9425. March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 Airgun League, Stoney Creek Fishing and Hunting Club, 9090 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena. Ten 10 matches, beginning at 5 p.m. All shooting, except for beginning juniors, is offhand and the course of fire for each match is 40 rounds at bulls eye targets at 25 feet, and 20 rounds at silhouette targets at 50 feet. Details: 410-255-9425. SHOWS, WORKSHOPS Feb. 13 and 14 Eighteenth annual Pasadena Sportsfishing Group's Fishing Flea Market. Earleigh Heights Fire Hall, 161 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park. Admission: $3 per day, children admitted free. Details: 410-439-3474 or pasadenasportfishing.com. Feb. 27 Saltwater Fishing Expo, hosted by the Annapolis chapter of Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association, 8 a.m-3 p.m., Annapolis Elks Lodge, Solomons Island Road, Annapolis. Cost: $5 per person. Hourly seminars with the experts and the latest in bay and offshore tackle. Details: 410-340-5030 or saltwaterfishingexpo.com. April 21 Backpacking 101, with experts at REI Timonium, 63 West Aylesbury Road. Free clinic will go over what kind of pack you will need, selecting the proper clothing, and what footwear is right for where you are going. Details: 410-252-5920. Spring and Fall Shoot, Raffle and Flea market: May 2 Jan. 30 Spring shoot, raffle and flea market, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Stoney Creek Fishing and Hunting Club, 9090 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena. Details: 410-255-9425. Nov. 7 Fall Shoot, raffle and flea market, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Stoney Creek Fishing and Hunting Club, 9090 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena. Details: 410-255-9425.

VOLUNTEERS March 13, April 10, May 8 and June 12 Help remove invasive plants at Cromwell Valley Park, 2002 Cromwell Bridge RoadBaltimore, 9 a.m.-noon. Snacks, drinks and tools will be provided. Bring gloves and water. Meet at the Sherwood House parking lot. To register: 410-321-1002, or breakeys@comcast.net.

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