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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

WNY Chapter of Bassmasters, Gander Mountain Lodge, Town of Tonawanda, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Call 743-2300 or 695-8717.

Buffalo Ornithological Society, Buffalo Museum of Science, Cummings Room, 7 p.m., Tuesday. Call 695-2820.

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, George Washington Club, 2805 Niagara St., Town of Tonawanda, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Call 675-0057. or go to: www.eriectyfsc.org.

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>Archery

Niagara Region Winter Outdoor 3-D League: North Forest Rod & Gun Club, Lockport, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., next Sunday. Call Charlie Burt (443-0486).
WNY Field Archers and Bow Hunters Indoor Shoot: Creekwood Archery, 451 Lawrence Road, Brockport, shooting lines at 8 and 11 a.m., and 2 p.m., next Sunday. Call (585) 392-2030.

WNY Winter 3-D Archery League Shoot: Glen Coe Conservation Club, next Sunday. Call Mike Maloy (941-6379).

Doc's Archery Saturday Morning Youth Program, Wurlitzer Building, 908 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda, for ages 6 to 17, equipment provided. Call 693-2703.

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>Shooting sports

Hartland Conservationists Club Winter Silhouette Shoot, 3606 Orangeport Road, Gasport, noon, Saturday. Call 434-9774.

North Forest Rod & Gun Club Sporting Clays League, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport, begins Saturday, shooting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 778-8163.

Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, 3434 Hickox Road, Spring Skeet League begins March 5. Call 648-2236; HR&G Toronto Outdoor Show Excursion, 7 a.m., March 18. For reservations, call Rich Walton (649-4046).

Teen Shooting Academy, Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, eight-class program for rifle or shotgun, first and third Tuesdays beginning March 7. Call Bob Church (592-7211).

Holland Rod & Gun Club Wobble and Straight Practice Trap Shooting, 6-8 p.m., Mondays; Five-Man Team 300-Bird Wobble League Mondays. Call Bruce Meyers (695-5969).

Alden Rod & Gun Club Winter Trap League, 12 County Line Road, sign-ups 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every other Sunday until March 26. Call Tom Ess (937-6612).

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>Certification classes

Pistol

Wheatfield Firearms Safety Education and Conservation Committee NYSS Pistol Permit Course, Wheatfield Community Center, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 694-6441.

Bass Pro Shops Handgun Safety Class, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Call (315) 498-6046.

To schedule an appointment for a pistol permit class, call: Buffalo Gun Center, 833-2581; Den's Gun Shop, 675-9621; Easy Aim, 668-7875; Jim Carr, 778-9431; T. J. & M., 626-4953; Ronald Meegan, 875-4547; or A Best, 681-2248.

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>Boating

Buffalo Power Squadron 4-Week Safe Boating Class, Daemen College, Dun Scotus Hall, 4380 Main St., Amherst, 7-9 p.m., beginning March 2. Call 773-9194.

NYS Boaters Safety Course, Bass Pro Shops Sportsman's Center, Auburn, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March. 4, $30 fee. Call (315) 258-2700.

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>Shows/seminars

Niagara Frontier Collectors Gun Shows: WNY Event Centre, 11163 Main St., Clarence, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., today; Edinboro Volunteer Fire Co., 125 Meadville Road, Edinboro, Pa.; and Springville Volunteer Fire Dept., March 11-12. Call 542-9929 or (800) 225-7338 or go to: www.nfcshows.com.

Cuyahoga County Gun Show, Fairgrounds, Berea, Ohio, March 4-5, call (330) 539-4247.

WNY Sport & Travel Expo, Erie County Fairgrounds, March 9-12. For show features, go to: www.sportandtravelexpo.com.

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>Banquets/fund-raisers

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 11th Annual Fundraising Banquet, Holiday Inn Lockport, 515 S. Transit Road, Saturday. Call 433-0966 or 625-8312 after 6 p.m.

Ducks Unlimited 25th Anniversary Dinner, Woodlawn Fire Hall, Saturday. Call 649-7818 or 674-2189.

Southtowns Walleye Association Spring Gun Raffle, Armor Fire Hall, 4932 Clark St., Hamburg, 1-5 p.m., March 4. Call 649-8202.

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Awards Banquet, Father Justin's Hall, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga, March 4, call 655-0975 or go to: www.eriectyfsc.org.

Western and Central New York Chapter of Safari Club International Annual Fundraiser Banquet, Michael's Banquet Center, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, March 11. Call 662-6965.

Finger Lakes Branch of Quality Deer Management 1st Annual Banquet, Burgundy Basin, Pittsford, March 16. Call (585) 507-6573.

WNY Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Father Justin's Hall, March 25, call (585) 535-7218.

Trout Unlimited Annual Banquet, Ripa's Restaurant, Lancaster, March 25. Call 826-4178 or 839-1975.

Niagara Frontier Friends of NRA Banquet, Samuels Grand Manor, Clarence, March 25. Call Mike Bartoshevich (633-1265) or Dave McDonald (433-7884).

WNY Chapter of Ruffed Grouse 28th fundraising Banquet, Salvatore's Italian Gardens, Depew, March 31. Call Dan Swiatek, 648-5084.

Niagara Musky Association, Father Justin's Hall, April 8, call 870-7756.

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>Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Sunday Family Walks and Talks, "Winter Birding," 3 p.m., today and "Visitors' Choice," next Sunday; "Volunteer Day," 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday; and "Saturday Family Walks," 3 p.m. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or e-mail: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Open for group nature programs, tours, workshops by reservation only. For information, call 896-5200, ext. 338.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 77 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga. Public guided tours 10 a.m., Wednesday and Saturday; Lily Pond Loop and State Symbols Self-Guided trails, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. "Snowshoe Walk," 1 p.m., Tuesday; 6:30 p.m., Thursday; and 1 p.m., Saturday. For all program information, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Ice Volcanoes of Evangola," 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Evangola State Park. To register, call 826-8895.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Walton Woods," 10:30 a.m., Saturday, call 639-5950.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Events: "Hike/Snowshoe Outing - call for location," Wednesday; "EMS Thursday Night Snowshoe," "Knox Farm State Park - C-C Ski," Saturday; "Ellicott Creek Park - Snowshoe/Hike," Saturday; "Golden Hill State Forest Park - Snowshoe/Hike," next Sunday; and "Upper Niagara Gorge - Snowshoe/Hike," next Sunday. Call 564-2406 or 648-9027.

Buffalo Ornithological Society Outing: Niagara County Owl Trip, Summit Park Mall, 1 p.m., next Sunday. Call 434-9403 or 622-3278.

Hamburg Natural History Society Events: "Sights and Sounds of the Night, " Evangola State Park, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday; and "Teenage Raptors - Juvenile Dinosaur Find," Gateway Executive Office, Route 5, Hamburg, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Call 627-4560.

Heartwood Workshop: "Animal Tracking," Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, East Aurora, 1-4:30 p.m., Saturday. Call 655-7622 or e-mail: deaheartwood@aol.com.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Program: "Lee's Landing Trek," 10 a.m., Thursday; "Hogsback Trek," 10 a.m., Saturday; and "Mt. Morris Canyon - West Trek," 10 a.m., next Sunday. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

Send items 15 days in advance to Will Elliott, 648 Ransom Road, Lancaster, 14086, or fax to 685-0420, or e-mail to wille@pce.net.

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