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Recreation and outdoors calendar

4:01 AM EST, November 9, 2013

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Invasive species

Nov. 12: Department of Natural Resources' inland fisheries manager Mary Groves will discuss invasive species, in particular blue catfish and flathead catfish, in the Chesapeake watershed, at the November meeting of the northwest chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association. The meeting at the Patapsco Council No. 1960 Knights of Columbus Hall at 1010 Frederick Road in Catonsville will begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:45. Use the Beaumont Avenue (side) entrance. Admission is free, and visitors are welcome. For additional information, email Mark DeHoff at mcdehoff@netzero.com.

Hunter sight-ins

November: The Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association will host rifle and shotgun hunter sight-ins on club grounds at 3400 Northwind Road in Carney on Nov. 16 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and on Nov. 17 and 24 from noon to 3 p.m. Information: Call Robert Batchelor at 410-592-9276.

Turkey shoot

Nov. 17: The Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association will host a turkey shoot from noon to 4 p.m. on club grounds at 3400 Northwind Road in Carney. Information: Greg, 410-598-4970.

Fly-fishing

Nov. 20: Mike Heck, author and owner of Mike Heck's Trout Guides, will discuss fly-fishing and fly-tying at the Maryland Trout Unlimited general meeting from 7:30 p.m. to 9 at the Towson Presbyterian Church. Heck guides in South Central Pennsylvania and is the author of "Spring Creek Strategies." Free. Public welcome.

Hunter safety

Nov. 20-23: The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels is offering a four-day hunter safety course with Maryland DNR-certified hunter safety instructor Ed Henry. Successful completion of the course, which runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first three nights at Van Lennep Auditorium, then 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 23, earns participants a Maryland certificate of competency in firearms and hunter safety. Space is limited, with pre-registration at 410-745-4941 required. For more information, go to cbmm.org.

Striped bass tourney

Nov. 23-24: The 21st annual Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic, the bay's largest fall striped bass tournament, is open to recreational anglers, professional fishermen and charter boat captains. The base fee is $175. Information: mssa.net/fallclassicregistration.

Boating legislation

Dec. 2: The Maryland Boat Act Advisory Committee will meet to review proposed regulatory requests for 2014; accept recommendations from the nominating committee for the office of chairman, vice chairman, and officer at large; and be briefed on proposed legislation affecting boating in Maryland. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kent Island Yacht Club, 117 Yacht Club Drive in Chester in Queen Anne's County. Information: Michael Grant, 410-260-8013, mgrant@dnr.state.md.us.

Winter solstice hike

Dec. 21: Celebrate the shortest day of the year with a free hike from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gunpowder Falls State Park. Meet in the Sweet Air parking lot. Preregistration is required. Inclement weather will result in postponement. Information: Jen Cashell, 410-592-2897 or jcashell@dnr.state.md.us.

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