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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs, 4-H Building, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Lockport, 7:30 p.m. Monday. Call 547-3922.

WNY Bassmasters, Gander Mountain Lodge, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Call 743-2300.

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>Archery

S&S Taxidermy and Archery Pro Shop Winter League, shoots noon to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and all day Thursdays and Fridays. For details, call 592-2404.

Niagara Region 2007 Archery League, Wilson Conservation Club, call 698-3396 or 751-3680.

WNY 2007 Winter Traveling 3-D Archery League Shoot, Collins Conservation Club, 8 a.m. next Sunday. Call 992-2002.

Nick's Sporting Goods Youth Archery Program, 1212 Kenmore Ave., Saturdays to March 24. For registration details, call 875-9218.

Doc's Archery Programs, 908 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda: Tuesday Night Target League, 7 p.m.; Youth Program, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays; and Adult/Child Indoor Target League, 2 p.m. Sundays. Call 693-2703.

West Falls Conservation Society 10-Week Winter Indoor Archery League, 55 Bridge St., 7 p.m. Fridays. Call 655-5030.

Alden Rod & Gun Club Indoor Archery League, 12 County Line Road, shoots from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every other Sunday starting today. For details, call Jim Jozwiak (685-1718).

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>Shooting sports

Evans Rod & Gun Club Winter Trap League shoots from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays and 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 627-3583.

West Falls Conservation Society Winter Trap League, 55 Bridge St., 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 652-4650.

Allied Sportsmen of WNY Informal Pistol League shoots Wednesdays. To register, call John Maier (474-0460).

Wyoming Valley Rod & Gun Club Leagues: Doubles League (150 Pair), 7 p.m. Wednesdays; and Winter Singles League, 7 p.m. Fridays. Call Brian Euscher (652-9049).

Alden Rod & Gun Club Winter Trap League, a 50-Bird Handicap League, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call Tom Ess (937-6612).

Boston Valley Conservation Society, 9624 Zimmerman Road, Indoor Winter Pistol League starts Thursday. Call Cliff Faulring Jr., (337-3555) evenings.

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>Certification classes

Hunter/gun

Bass Pro Shops, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Call (315) 258-2700.

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Pistol

Bass Pro Shops, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, Onondaga Police Academy Course, 6-9 p.m. beginning Tuesday. To register, call (315) 498-6046.

Jim Carr Pistol Permit Class, Gander Mountain Lodge, 10 a.m. Saturday. Call 743-2700.

To schedule an appointment for a pistol Permit Class, call: Easy Aim, 668-7875; Jim Carr, 778-9431; T.J. & M., 626-4953; Ronald Meegan, 875-4547; Michael Repko, 652-0374; Buffalo Gun Center, 833-2581; Den's Gun Shop, 675-9621.

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Boating

Swiftwater Power Squadron Five-Week Boating/Jet Ski Certification Course, Elk's Lodge No. 860, North Tonawanda, begins 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday. Call 692-2159 or 837-6511.

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>Banquets / fundraisers

Pendleton Center United Methodist Church Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, Charles Alsheimer, noted outdoor writer, photographer and deer expert, will discuss "Hunting the Whitetail Rut," 6 p.m. Thursday. Call Ed Goergens (570-4717).

Niagara Frontier Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet, Samuel's Grand Manor, Clarence, Feb. 3. Call Tim Meyers (839-2269).

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Holiday Inn, Lockport, Feb. 3. Call Jeffery Cummings (772-7302).

Niagara Falls Thundering Toms Banquet, Como Restaurant, Feb. 9. Call Frank Miskey (681-5690).

Southtowns (Hamburg) Chapter of Ducks Unlimited Dinner and Live Auction, Creekside Banquet Facility, Cheektowaga, Feb. 10. Call 649-7817 or 674-3075.

Second Annual Niagara Falls Conference Center and North American Bear Foundation Wild Game Dinner Extravaganza, Niagara Falls, Feb. 27. Call 278-2100, ext. 4263.

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Annual Awards Banquet, Father Justin's Knights of Columbus Hall, Cheektowaga, March 3. Call 655-0975.

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>Shows / seminars

Niagara Frontier Collectors Gun Shows: Akron Fire Dept., 1 Main St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today; Ashtabula County Gun Show, Saturday and Sunday; and Alexander Charity Gun Show, Alexander Firemen's Rec. Hall, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb 4. Call (800) 225-7338, 542-9929 or go to: www.nfcshows.com.

Ray Marks' "Beginner Fly Tying Course," Lake Shore Central Middle School, 6:30-8:30 p.m. starting Feb. 1. For registration details, call 926-2270.

Bass Pro Shops, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, Workshops and Classes: Capt. Tony Buffa's Winter Outdoor Skills Fishing Workshop: "Salmon Fishing," Feb. 3. For details, go to: www.basspro.com or call (315) 258-2700, ext. 4043.

Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show, State Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Feb. 3-11. For details, go to: www.sport.reedexpo.com.

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>Hiking / nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: Sunday Family Walks and Talks, 2 p.m.; "Babes in the Woods (ages 3-5)," 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday; and "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," 9 a.m. Saturday. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10 or e-mail: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: "Animal Tracks and Traces," 10:30 a.m. Saturday; and "Cross Country Ski Tour," 10 a.m. Saturday. Advanced registration required for all programs; no reservations needed for Public Guided Tours at 10 a.m. Saturdays and Self-Guided Tours, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For info, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs: "Penn Dixie Astronomers," Woodlawn Beach State Park, 6 p.m. Friday. Call 826-8895.

Foothills Trail Club Hike: "Snowshoe/Hike-Stiglmeyer Park," 10 a.m. Saturday, call 627-3878; and "Darien Lake-Snowshoe/Hike," 1 p.m. next Sunday. Call 631-9121.

Heartwood's Winter Workshop: "Good Medicine Bags," 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 10. Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, East Aurora. Call 655-7622 or e-mail: deaheartwood@aol.com.

Paths, Peaks & Paddles Conservation Trail Tuesday Evening Walk, for times and site locations, call 213-0350 or go to: www.pathspeakspaddles.com.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Portage Canyon Trek," 10 a.m. Thursday; "Novice Nature Ski Hike," 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; "Intermediate Nature Ski Hike," 2:30 p.m. Saturday; and "Winter Wonder Walk," 2:30 p.m. next Sunday. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

Send items 15 days in advance to Will Elliott, 9777 Bernd Road, Pavilion, NY, 14525, or e-mail to willodrs@gmail.com

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