CONSERVATION -- Sportsman's groups are doing the hard work of gaining members and raising funds for all sorts of worthy projects, ranging from giving terminally ill kids a shot at fishing or hunting to improving critical habitat for mule deer and ducks.
Here are some of the upcoming Spokane-area gatherings on the schedule. Connect with members of these and other groups this week at the Big Horn Outdoor Recreation Show, underway this week through Sunday at Spokane Fair and Expo Center.
March 21 – International Fly Fishing Film Festival, one of two fundraisers for Spokane River projects, 7 p.m. at the The Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. Discount tickets in advance at Silver Bow Fly Shop. A traditional Spokane River fundraiser will be held in May.
March 23 -- Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Pint Night, with updates on issues and turkey calling program, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at River City Brewing, 121 S. Cedar St.
March 25 -- Ducks Unlimited, Spokane Valley Chapter's 12th annual fundraising dinner to benefit wetlands conservation, starts at 5 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane Valley. Tickets and details: contact Charlie May, (509) 370-8578 or Tolar Bryan (509) 993-2565.
April 8 – Mule Deer Foundation banquet, 4:30 p.m. at Mukogawa Fort Wright Commons, 4000 W. Randolph Rd. Contact: Carrie McKinley, (509) 481-8137
April 8 -- Youth Outdoors Unlimited, the Washington nonprofit that incorporates volunteers and hunting and fishing trips to boost the spirits of seriously ill young people, will hold a fundraising banquet and auction at the Hotel RL by Red Lion Spokane at the Park, 303 W. North River Dr. in Spokane.