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Ten-X Shooting Club, 853 Ransom Road, Lancaster, 8 p.m., Monday. Call 316-6119.

New York Walleye Association, American Legion Frontier Post No. 1041, 533 Amherst St., 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Jim Skoczylas of Imax Tackle will discuss "Torpedo Divers and Other New Tackle for Lake Erie Walleye." Call 875-8148.

Niagara Musky Association, Knights of Columbus, 55 Main St. City of Tonawanda, 7 p.m., Tuesday. Call 225-3816.

Central and WNY Chapter of Safari Club International, Michael's Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Call 652-9460.



Niagara Region 2012 Winter 3-D League, no shoot on Easter Sunday. Next shoot: Allied Sportsmen, Marilla, sunrise to 1 p.m., April 15. Call Mike Kurtowicz 472-4143.



Orvis Buffalo Seminar, Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, "Best Nymphing Practices for Trout," 11 a.m., Saturday. Call 276-7200.

Canandaigua Lake Chapter of Trout Unlimited 17th Annual Fly Fishing School, Onanda Park, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., April 28. For registration details, call Dave Morrow at (585) 394-8749.

University of Pittsburgh (Bradford Campus) Fly Fishing Schools, May 5-6 and May 18-19. For details, call Steve Skvarka at (814) 368-5814 or email:


>Certification classes


Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, Mullett Street, Dunkirk, 6-8 p.m., Monday and 5-10 p.m., April 18 and 19. Register at first class. For details, call 366-3397 or 595-3917 after 1 p.m.

Franklinville Conservation Club, Elm Street, 6-10 p.m., Friday and 8 a.m.-done, Saturday. Call 676-3115, noon-9 p.m.

Armor Fire Hall, 4932 Clark St., Hamburg, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and April 14. Call 627-0147.

Middleport, Rod & Gun Club, Freeman and Mountain roads, 6-10 p.m., April 9, 10 and 11. Call 735-3343 or 735-7314.

Carroll Rod & Gun Club, FrewRun Road, Frewsburg, 5:45-10 p.m., April 11 and 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m., April 14. Pre-register in person at the club, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday.

Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club, Route 310, Stockton, 6-10 p.m. April 13 and 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., April 14. Register in person at Cassadaga Shurfine store, Monday-April 12. For details, call 595-3917 after 1 p.m.

Bison Archery, 2459 Seneca St., 6-10:30 p.m., April 13 and 9 a.m.-done, April 14. Call 254-7527.

Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, Home Study Course, 8 a.m.-done. Must pick up books at the club and register in advance, 7-8 p.m., Wednesday. Call 681-5690 for details.

Town of Hamburg Recreation Dept. 2982 Lakeview Road, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., April 21. Must pre-register by April 9. Call 646-5145, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.



Springville Field and Stream, Chase Road, 7 a.m.-done, April 14. A home study course. Register and get study materials at Concord Town Clerk's Office on or before Thursday.

Hawkeye Bowmen, 13300 Clinton St., Alden, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Call 633-5324.



Firearms Training of WNY "NYS Pistol Class for Residents of Erie, Niagara and Genesee Counties," American Legion Cadille Post, Niagara Falls, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday; and "Utah/Florida/Arizona Concealed Carry Class," Quality Inn, Hamburg, 1-5 p.m., April 14. Call 903-2558 or go to

Jim Carr Utah/Florida Pistol Permit Classes: K&K Guns, Varysburg, 8 a.m., Saturday, call (585) 535-0248; and Genesee County SCOPE at Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Road, Batavia, 9 a.m., April 14, call 778-9431.

Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, Class: "NYS Pistol Permit Class," 6 p.m., Tuesday. Call 822-1043 or go to



U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 33 Buffalo, "ABS Boating Class," St. Patrick's Episcopal Church Hall, 1395 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Call 799-7182 or email:

NYS Safe Boating PWC Class, Niagara Scuba Center, Niagara Falls, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., April 15. Call 316-8259.


>Shooting sports

Alden Rod & Gun Club, 12 County Line Road, 25-Bird Scratch Spring Trap League begins Friday, shooting 6-9 p.m. each Friday to June 15. All league and practice shooters welcome. Call Tom Ess (037-6612).



WNY Chapter of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 22nd Annual Banquet, West Valley Fire Hall, April 28. For reservations call 699-2525.

NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame Banquet, Rusty Rail Restaurant, Canastota, April 28. Four of the nine inductees are from Western New York. For reservation details, call (315) 363-3896 or (315) 829-3588 by April 21 or go to



Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: "Tour Leader Tune-Up," 9:30 a.m.-noon, Wednesday; "Naturalist Talk: A Historical Exploration of Beaver Meadow and WNY with Loren Smith," 1-3 p.m., Wednesday; "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," 9 a.m., Saturday; "Beginning Birding Course," 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday; "Observatory at Beaver Meadow," dusk, Saturday; and "Iroquois Observation Program-Eagle Watch at Cayuga Overlook," 1-4 p.m., Saturday. All programs are by pre-registration unless noted. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10), or email:

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: "Wellness Walk," 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday; "Spring Egg-Stravaganza!, Animals that Hatch from Eggs," 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday; and "Volunteer Work Day," 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday (to sign up, call Dave Spierling at 825-6397). For all TNP programs and registration details, call 825-6397 (ext. 338).

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: "Trail Tuesdays," 6:30-7:30 p.m., begins this week and continues each Tuesday through September; "EcoBots: Tinkering with Motors and Magnetism," 10:30 a.m., Saturday; and "The Reinstein Woods Experience," 1:30 p.m., Saturday. For registration details and all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Friday the 13th Adventure," DeVeaux State Park, 8-10 p.m., April 13. For details and registration, call 282-5154.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club events: For all extended weekend outings, upcoming gatherings, and all club and outings info, visit

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Chestnut Ridge Park Saunter," 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 651-9877; and "Canada Hill Road to Gooseneck Road Hike," 10 a.m., Saturday, call 826-1939.

Hamburg Natural History Events: "Williamsville North Planetarium Show," 6 p.m., Wednesday; and Penn Dixie Site open for fossil collecting during Spring Break, this coming weekend and April 9-15. Call 627-4560 or go to

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Crepuscular Walk-Full Moon of the Salamanders," 6:30 p.m., Friday; "Mushroom and Moss Walk," 10 a.m., Saturday; "Indoor Ed-Venture -- Bluebird Homes," 2 p.m., Saturday; and "Easter Sunday Waterfalls Walk," 2 p.m., April 8. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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