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Outdoors notebook

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 17, 2001


THE PEDAL BOATS CLUB: A fee is charged, and watercraft are available for those who need them. Informal gatherings include weekend cruising, nature site visits and fun racing for free. Pedal boats are available to rent. Kayakers are welcome. For information on times and locations, call Nancy Sanford, (727) 525-8842.

THE WEST PASCO AUDUBON SOCIETY, a chapter of the Florida and National Audubon Society, meets on the second Thursday of each month (except for April, July and August) at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Congregational Church, 6533 Circle Blvd. in downtown New Port Richey. The meetings are free and open to all, and deal with educational subjects such as birds, nature and conservation. Call Ken Tracey, (727) 372-9640, for more information.

THE HERNANDO AUDUBON SOCIETY, a chapter of the Florida and National Audubon Society, meets on the fourth Thursday of each month (unless noted otherwise) at 7 p.m. at the Brooksville Community Hall, 205 East Ft. Dade Ave. Membership is open to all. The organization has a number of field trips scheduled: Today, 7 p.m. -- Weeki Wachee Preserve Night Walk. Call (352) 592-4949. Wednesday, 10 a.m. -- Dora Canal/Dead River Boat Trip. Call (352) 797-9255. March 24, 8 a.m. -- Birding By Bike. Call (352) 544-5669. For more details on the society, call Jeanne Brown, (352) 754-5186.

THE PASCO CHAPTER OF THE COASTAL CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Red Cross building at Ridge Road and Congress Avenue in Port Richey. Meetings are free and open to everyone. Call (727) 861-1500.

THE HERNANDO AREA BOAT CLUB, organized to promote safe boating, meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month at the Aripeka Community Center on Osawa Boulevard (S.R. 595). Call (352) 666-1725.

THE CITRUS ROAD RUNNERS CLUB is accepting new members, with all walkers and runners invited. For applications or information, call John Bianco, (352) 527-2760.

THE HERNANDO SPORTSMAN'S CLUB, a family-oriented shooting club, meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the range west of U.S. 19, 9.5 miles north of State Road 50. The range is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call (904) 597-9931, 799-3605 or 795-4730.

THE CITRUS SHOOTING CLUB meets every Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kane's Ace Hardware Shooting Range on U.S. 19 in Homosassa Springs. Call Don Hills, (352) 746-0851, Don Cook, (352) 527-1598.

THE MEADOWCREST BOAT AND FISH CLUB meets at noon the first Thursday of every month at J's Country Kitchen, 1960 NW Hwy 19, Crystal River. For more information, call Jim Konopacky, (352) 563-0908.

THE ROD BENDERS BASS CLUB OF CITRUS COUNTY is accepting new members. The annual membership fee is $20, plus a $10 per month fee that covers a monthly tournament. For more information, call Reuben Beals, (904) 795-6998.

THE TAMPA BAY LADY BASS ANGLERS CLUB meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in Lutz. For more information, call 863-8509 or 949-1023.

THE BROOKSVILLE BASS BUSTERS meet at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Masaryktown Restaurant. Call Archie Carter, (904) 596-2758.

THE WEST COAST BASS BUSTERS FISHING CLUB meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at James White Plumbing, Crystal River. For more information, call (904) 795-5418.

THE PASCO COUNTY BASSMASTERS meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at The Clubhouse, 109 Lake Shore Drive, Palm Harbor. Call 847-5321 or 868-3091.

THE FLORIDA STATE BASS ASSOCIATION meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Spring Hill Lanes. For more information, call (evenings) Gary Petersen, (904) 683-0529.

Hunting regulations

SPRING TURKEY SEASON opens today in the NW and Central Zones.


GREAT CATCH PICTURES: Have you caught a nice fish and would like to show it off? Mail a photo of the fish to the St. Petersburg Times. Such pictures usually accompany our Outdoors Notebook. If you have made a great catch, send a copy of the photo to Terry Tomalin, Outdoors Editor, St. Petersburg Times, 490 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, Fla. 33701.

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