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• SAFE Act Information Forum, Oakfield Rod & Gun Club, 3199 Maltby Road, 6:30 p.m., Monday. Guest speakers: Bill Fox and Glen Adams with the Genesee County chapter of SCOPE.

• WNY Emerald Ash Borer Task Force meeting, Ecology and Environment E3 Annex, Conference Room, SW Corner of Ransom Road and Walden Avenue, Lancaster, 9 a.m., Tuesday. Call 652-5400, Ext. 150.

• Erie County Trappers Association, Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 377-2556.

• Genesee County Chapter of SCOPE, Calvary Baptist Church, Batavia, 7 p.m., Tuesday, attorney Dan Killelea will discuss “Gun Ownership/Rights Issues.” Call (585) 356-4992.

• Wyoming/Genesee County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Louie’s Lounge, Attica, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call (585) 591-0339.

• Dorie Miller Rifle and Pistol Club, Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave., 6 p.m., Tuesday. Call 771-0138.

• Allied Sportsmen’s Club of WNY, 12846 Clinton St., Marilla, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Call 937-3615.

• Erie County Bassmasters, Nowak’s Bar, 1458 Lovejoy and Halstead Street, Sloan, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. Email:

• Buffalo Ornithological Society, Buffalo Museum of Science, Cummings Room, 1020 Humboldt Pkwy., 7 p.m., Wednesday, Timothy DePriest will discuss “Habitat Improvement of the Niagara River and the New Frog Island.”

• Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association, 4-H Cornell Cooperative Extension, Route 78, Lockport, 7 p.m., Thursday. Call 636-0519.


• Doc’s Archery Leagues, 908 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda: “Tuesday Night Vegas Target League,” begins Tuesday; and “Spring TechnoHunt Video Bowhunting League,” starts April 14. For details, call 693-2703.

• Hawkeye Bowmen “Wild Animal Shoot,” 13300 Clinton St., Alden, 7 a.m.-noon, April 13. Three courses, breakfast and lunches served. Call 998-4857.

• Double T Archery Club “3-D Open Tune Up for Spring Turkey,” 1110 N. French Road, Amherst, 7-11 a.m., April 27. Call 668-0438, 957-8887 or 913-5478.

Shooting sports

• North Forest Rod & Gun Club Ladies Shoot N’ Hoot, 2 p.m., Saturday, register by Tuesday. For details, call 628-9023 or email:

• Wyoming/Genesee County Chapter of Pheasants Forever Third Annual Youth Shoot, Batavia Rod & Gun Club, East Bethany, April 26. Free to pre-registered participants. For details, call Tom Miller at (585) 457-3636 or (585) 356-0852.

Certification classes

To view the Department of Environmental Conservation registration format for certification classes, go to


• Hawkeye Bowmen Home Study Hunter/Archery Class, 13300 Clinton St., Alden, 6-10 p.m., Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Register in advance on line.


• Alden Rod & Gun Club, 12 County Line Road, 6-9 p.m., Tuesday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. Pre-register on line.

• Bison City Rod & Gun Club, 511 Ohio St., 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and April 13. Register at first class.

• North Forest Rod & Gun Club, Lockport, 5:30-9:30 p.m., April 14, 16 and 17. Call Larry Koch at 778-9935.

• Wolcott Guns, 3052 Walden Ave., Depew, 6-10 p.m., April 18 and 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., April 19. Register on line.

• Hamburg Recreation Dept., 2982 Lakewood Road, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., April 19. Instructions and registration online.


• Firearms Training of WNY Class: “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” VFW Post No. 1419, Hamburg, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday; and “Utah-Arizona-Florida Multi-State Pistol Permit Class,” Northtown Center, Amherst, 5:45-9:45 p.m., April 16. Call 903-2558 or go to

• Jim Carr Classes: “NYS Pistol Permit Class” Genesee County SCOPE, Batavia, 6 p.m. Thursday, call 778-9431; and “Utah-Arizona-Florida Multi-State Pistol Permit Class,” Niagara Gun Range, North Tonawanda, 9 a.m., April 12, call 693-4000.

• Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna: “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” 6 p.m., April 15. Call 822-1043 or go to


• U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-2 “About Boating Safely Course,” Silver Lake, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Call 366-0899 or go to


• NY Sea Grant/DEC Annual State of Lake Erie Meeting, Southtowns Walleye Association Clubhouse, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7-9 p.m., Thursday. Call 645-3610 or email:

• Orvis Buffalo Fly Fishing 101 Classes, Eastern Hills Mall, Clarence, begin Saturday with free lessons on fly fishing gear and techniques. For registration details, call 276-7200.


• Greater Rochester-Southern Tier Branch of Quality Deer Management Association second annual Banquet and Auction, RIT Inn and Conference Center, Henrietta, 4:30 p.m., Saturday. Call (585) 813-2012 or (585) 410-5551.


• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Events: “Iroquois Observation Saturday Programs: “Birding Field Trip,” 10 a.m.-noon; “Native American Walk,” 2-2:30 p.m.; “Eagle Watch at Cayuga Overlook,” 1-4 p.m.; and “Woodcock Walk,” 7:30-9 p.m.; “Garlic Mustard Challenge,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. Most events require registration. For details, call (585) 457-3228, Ext. 10, or go to

• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Events: “Wellness Walk (all ages)”, 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday; and “Trek Tifft,” 2-3:30 p.m., April 13. For all programs and registration details, call 825-6397, Ext. 338.

• Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Programs: “After School Escape (for students in grades K-5),” 4:30 p.m., Thursday; “Introduction to Geo-caching at Walton Woods,” 10 a.m., Saturday; and “Garlic Mustard Challenge Kickoff,” 11 a.m., Saturday. For registration details and all programs, call 683-5959.

• Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: “Vernal Pool Magic,” Evangola State Park, 7-9 p.m., Friday, call 549-1050.

• Foothills Trail Club Events: “Lancaster Heritage Trail Saunter,” 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 681-7192; “Haughton Park/Buffalo River,” 4 p.m., Thursday, call 826-1939; “Akron Falls County Park,” 10 a.m., Saturday, call 439-0062.

• Paths, Peaks & Paddles Event: “Let’s Explore the Alabama Swamps,” 7:30 a.m., March 23. Call 213-0350 or go to

• Hamburg Natural History Society event: “Williamsville North Planetarium Show and Astronomy Night,” 6 p.m., Wednesday; “Penn Dixie Exhibit and Cool Kids Eco Fest at Genesee Community College,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday; and Penn Dixie Site open during spring break (April 12-19) 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 627-4560 or go to

• Earth Spirit Educational Services Event: “Spring Crepuscular Hike,” Erie County Forest Lands, Sardinia, 7 p.m., Saturday. Advance registration requested. Call 941-6267 or go to

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: “Crepuscular Walk-Timberdoodle Twilight,” 7 p.m., Thursday; “Springtime Walk-Lee’s Landing Trail,” 1 p.m., Saturday; and “Springtime Walk-Mary Jemison Trail,” 1 p.m., April 13. For all programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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