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Outdoors Notebook: Families to benefit from Derby

The Eighth Annual Frank Privitere Memorial International Rabbit Hunt Derby is set to go Jan. 25. Hunters can work bunny brush in the U.S. and Canada for this event that draws entrants from many northeastern states and Southern Ontario.

Each year the derby donates proceeds to a worthwhile charity. This year, funds gathered after expenses will be forwarded to two families living with cancer, and the Lou Gehrig’s disease fund.

The $25 entry fee includes an Italiano Deluxe dinner, with cash and trophy prizes going to the top three entries by weight. The awards presentations at American Legion Post No. 63 in Lackawanna is family friendly and open to all, with an $8 cost per extra dinner ticket.

To donate charitable contributions for basket raffles and other derby details, check with Rick Giermata at 602-5017 or email: rjgwoof@aol.com.

Trout/salmon school

Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association has held a Trout & Salmon School special seminar during its annual winter expo. Now that the event has moved to the Niagara Falls Conference & Event Center, as part of the Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo, the daylong seminar has expanded and a few places are open for attendees.

The $75 fee includes lunch, admission to the expo Jan. 24 and 25 and an amply filled tackle goodie bag. The school goes from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 24 with instruction keyed to serious salmon seekers in the “experienced weekend warrior” class.

Three successful, veteran charter captains will teach sessions: Paul Czarnecki, Free Spirit Charters at Oak Orchard Point; Greg Gehrig, Top Gun Charters at Oswego; and Mark McClutchey, a Lake Michigan charter boater.

For more details and for registrations (accepted to Jan. 18), visit lotsa1.org. For Expo details, visit niagarafishingexpo.com.

Shooting leagues

For shooters targeting the winter blahs, Allied Sportsmen’s Club in Marilla offers skilled and beginning shooters two leagues. A Winter Trap began Jan. 4, shooting the first and third Sundays of each month; non-members and beginning shooters are welcome.

For pistol shooters, an informal pistol league shoots on Sundays and Wednesdays. For more details on these leagues, visit alliedsportsmen.com.

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