If you are looking for something different to do this weekend, try attending the Friends of NRA banquet Saturday at the D&N Event Center, 501 E. Walker Road. Doors will open at 5 p.m. CT. The D&N is just south of the Interstate 80 exit 177 exchange and east of the Bill Summers auto dealership, if you are not familiar with the area.

Tickets are $30 per person if you buy early or $35 at the door. You can buy your early tickets online at friendsofnra.org. Celebrate a legacy of shooting sports traditions and championing the Second Amendment. Enjoy dinner, raffles, auctions, games and a chance to win exclusive NRA guns, gear, d├ęcor and collectables, all with friends and like-minded individuals. All firearms laws apply and must be transferred through a FFL dealer. The NRA Foundation is a non-political organization and a 501(c)(3) charity. Net proceeds from this event will benefit shooting sports programs in the area. You do not have to be an NRA member to attend. I hope to see you there.

Fishing around the region has been active, but colder weather forecast for the weekend may slow some things down. We even have snow forecast for the weekend. This may not be all bad if you like fishing for walleye. Some of the very best fall walleye fishing can happen when conditions are less than perfect. It is known that a long cold day on the water can produce some good walleye fishing. Wind and cloudy days are good walleye fishing day, warm weather or cold weather. Why not take advantage of it this weekend? When the conditions get cold and windy, put your rods in holders and concentrate on boat control. Troll with big crankbaits or rig heavy bottom bouncers.