As July prepares to turn into August, there are several short notes to pass along about a variety of outdoor topics here in the Texomaland region.


From fishing and floating on one of the Lone Star State’s most storied rivers to the annual Hunter’s Extravaganza expo gathering in Fort Worth to a fundraising skeet shoot in Whitesboro, here is this week’s collection of short shots in the local outdoors world.


Red River Fly Fishers Talk Devil’s River: When the Red River Fly Fishers club gets together this next Tuesday, Aug. 1, the devil will be in the details.


Or more accurately, the topic of discussion will be the renowned Devil’s River in southwest Texas, a picturesque oasis that flows into Lake Amistad, one that is full of largemouth bass and smallmouth bass in a river that is both remote and very difficult to access.


Fly angler Reid Winger will share about his adventures on the storied river — and talk some fishing strategies — when the RRFF group gathers next week on Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. in the conference room of Sherman’s Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital.


A week later on Tuesday, Aug. 8, the long running Grayson County fly fishing club will meet again at the local hospital’s conference room, this time for the group’s monthly fly tying session beginning at 7 p.m.


Hunter Extravaganza Nears: In one of the surest signs that summer will soon turn into fall, the 2017 version of the Texas Trophy Hunter Association’s Hunter’s Extravaganza is only a handful of days away in Fort Worth.


Specifically, the 41st edition of the show will show up in Cowtown at the Fort Worth Convention Center for a Friday, Aug. 11 through Sunday, Aug. 13 run.


Some of the hunting personalities scheduled to attend and hold seminars at the various TTHA Extravaganzas around the state include Outdoor Channel’s Michael Waddell and Eva Shockey; Team Realtree’s Travis “T-Bone” Turner; and North American Whitetail magazine columnist, television personality and Stephen F. Austin professor emeritus Dr. James Kroll.


For information on the granddaddy of all Texas hunting shows, visit www.ttha.com.


“One Tough Cookie” Benefit Skeet Shoot: As many Texoma residents have learned in recent days through news reports in the Herald Democrat and beyond, local resident Emorie Clayton is one tough cookie.


Clayton, the 7-year old daughter of Zac and Jamie Clayton of Collinsville, has been engaged in the fight of her life in recent weeks as she battles problems caused by an E-coli infection that has required several surgeries and extensive medical care in Dallas.


To help the family offset growing hospital expenses, a “One Tough Cookie” benefit skeet shoot will be held at the Chisum Farm (597 Dixie Road) near Whitesboro beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12.


That skeet shoot will be followed by a Cornhole Tournament at 3 p.m. Afterwards, several bands will be performing live music during the afternoon and early evening hours. All of that will be followed up by a fish fry and barbecue dinner at 6 p.m. and then a live auction at 7 p.m.


In addition, several local vendors will be in attendance at the event and there will reportedly be a bounce house for children to play in.


Anyone interested in making a donation may call Emorie’s uncle, Austin Lewter at 903-436-8807 or Cara King at 940-391-8999. Monetary donations can also be made to the “Emorie Clayton Benefit Account” at any Landmark Bank location across Texomaland.


For information about the benefit skeet shoot itself, contact Matt Chisum at 903-815-8074.


First TPWD Draw Hunt Deadline: The first application deadline for 2017-18 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department draw hunts is next week on Tuesday, Aug. 1.


This first deadline is for TPWD hunts for alligator, alligator management, pronghorn antelope, private lands dove, youth only alligator, and youth only gun deer (either sex).


Application fees are $0, $3, or $10 depending on the hunt. For information, call 800-792-1112 or visit the TPWD Web site at www.tpwd.texas.gov.


First Fall DU Dinners Approach: While there is no word yet as to the dates for the 2017 fall fundraising dinners for the Whitesboro and Texoma Ducks Unlimited chapters, the first wave of North Texas and southern Oklahoma DU banquets is beginning to appear on the calendar.


First up is the 19th annual Allen Ducks Unlimited dinner, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 3 down in Collin County. Later next month, the Celina DU chapter will hold its 2017 fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 26.


On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the long running Frisco DU chapter will host its annual dinner, moving the event from mid-August to a new mid-September date.


And finally, on Thursday, Oct. 12, the Durant DU chapter will hold its annual dinner in Bryan County.


For details on all of these regional DU events, visit Ducks Unlimited’s Web site at www.ducks.org.