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Dave Wyffels, Illinois Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist, will be the featured speaker at the next Quad-Cities In-Fisherman meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in the QCCA concessions area.

The Quad-Cities In-Fisherman Club is a multi-species angling club that is dedicated to promoting fishing education, conservation and the preservation of the sport of fishing. They meet the first Wednesday of each month to share the latest fishing news, learn from local experts, and explore opportunities to promote their mission.

This family-oriented fishing club is open to men, women and children of all ages. The club is one of the five managing clubs of the QCCA.

Calling all champions: The 20th annual Mississippi Valley Calling Classic is Saturday at the PZAZZ! Convention and Event Center in Burlington, Iowa. This event brings the best of the best in waterfowl calling to the Quad-Cities area.

The Calling Classic kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with the Mississippi Valley Youth Duck Calling Contest (open to those 16 and younger) followed by the 2018 Iowa State Duck Calling Contest, an Open Goose Calling Contest, a 2-Person Meat Goose Calling Contest, and the 2018 Bernie Boyle Regional Duck Calling Contest. The event includes free admission, raffles, and over 150 vendors.

The day is a family-friendly event with good competition, food and drinks, and numerous raffles for guns and championship duck and goose calls. There also will be numerous local and national vendors displaying their products for sale.

Founded in 1999, the Mississippi Valley Callers Association was formed to support and enhance outdoor sporting activities such as duck and goose calling competitions, waterfowl preservation and involvement of youth in outdoor sporting activities in the Burlington area. A goal of the association is to promote and expand southeast Iowa’s rich water fowling heritage right here on the shores of the mighty Mississippi River. For more information on the MVCA event, visit callingclassic.com.

Feed fundraiser: The annual wild game feed fundraiser is Feb. 11 at the Mercer County VFW post (106 SW 3rd Ave, Aledo). A collection of canned goods for the food pantry in Aledo will run concurrently with the game feed. There will be a bb gun drawing for a child 8-12 years old who have an adult guardian present. The fundraiser will go from noon to 3 p.m. Admission is $10 and the winning child need not be present for the bb gun drawing. For more information, call (309) 582-7055.

Jeremiah Haas writes a weekly World Outdoors column for the Dispatch-Argus-QCOnline. He can be reached at nukefishguy@gmail.com

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