HUNTING SPOTS: The National Sportsman Association, which leases hunting rights to land in Spotsylvania, Culpeper, Fauquier, Caroline, Prince William, Stafford, Shenandoah, Highland, Warren, Rappahannock, Frederick, Orange and Fairfax counties in Virginia and Charles County in Maryland, has room for new members. Check the Web site at or call 703-670-9783 or 540-898-1459.

Meantime, Maryland bowhunters can hunt at Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area from Oct. 9 to Nov. 24. Permits are issued to the first 25 to show up on a first-come, first-served basis, with no hunting on Mondays. There will be no early muzzleloader hunt there. Muzzleloader season at Wye Island will be Dec. 6 to 11, with applications for permits due by Oct. 15. Call 410-827-7577.

SHEEP DOGS: Today is the final day of the week-long National Sheepdog Championships at Belle Grove Plantation near Middletown, Va. The public is welcome. The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with food and tours of the plantation available. Admission is $6. Call 540-869-2028.

MIGRANTS: The Audubon Naturalist Society has a three-day trip planned next weekend to Cape May, N.J., to look for migrating songbirds, hawks, waterfowl and shorebirds as they congregate before crossing Delaware Bay to the Delmarva Peninsula. The trip leader is Bob Augustine, 301-933-5970.

BUILD A BOAT: The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels has its Mid-Atlantic Small Crafts Festival on Saturday, with amateur and professional small-boat builders bringing their craft for the world to see. Call 410-745-2916.