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March 2 – NYS Pistol Permit Class at Freeman’s Sport Shop, 50 John Street, Akron starting at 6 p.m. Call 778-9431 to preregister.

March 4 – Cabin Fever Break-Out hike at Buckhorn Island State Park from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 549-1050 for more info or to register for the hike.

March 4 – Annual Venison Dinner hosted by the Cristoforo Colombo Society, 2223 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Doors open at 6 p.m., Dinner at 7 p.m. $25 admission to benefit  Thomas DelZoppo Children’s Christmas Party. For more info contact President Ernie Lucantonio at 523-0486.

March 4 – Wyoming & Genesee counties Pheasants Forever Banquet starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Alexander Fire Hall, Alexander. Call Tom Kelsey at 585-591-0609 for more info.

March 4 – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-2 is offering an 8-hour boating and jet ski safety class in the Community Room of the McKinley Mall starting at 8 a.m. sharp. There is a new age-related law that went into effect in 2015 for boating. Contact Eileen Reiner at 725-9669 for more information. www.wnyboatsafe.org

March 4 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs Annual Awards Banquet at Father Justin Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Tickets are $35, pre-sale only. Contact Cheryl Schenne at 655-2328 for tickets.

March 4-10 – South Area Special Canada Goose Hunt. Daily limit is 5 birds per day per person. Check out the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov for more information.

March 7 – State of Lake Ontario public presentation at the 4-H Building, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Avenue (Route 78), Lockport from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

March 7 – Niagara Musky Association monthly meeting, 7 p.m. at the Eldredge Club, 17 Broad Street, Tonawanda. Guest speaker will be DEC Habitat Specialist Tim DePreist talking about Niagara River projects – current and future.

March 9-12 – WNY Sport and Travel Expo, Hamburg Fairgrounds. www.wnysportshow.com for more info.

March 9 – NYS Pistol Permit Class at the Lockport Conservation Club, 4112 Lake Ave., Lockport, starting at 6 p.m. Pre-register with Jim Carr at 778-9431. www.carrpsc.com

March 10 – Whitetail deer expert Charlie Alsheimer will be the featured speaker for the annual Bow Bending Believers Annual Dinner and Deer Seminar at Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 12111 Ridge Road, Medina. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. (chili cheese dogs) and seminar at 7 p.m. Tickets $5 while they last. Call Merle Fredericks to make ticket arrangements at 585-765-2839.

March 11 – Catherine Creek Trout Unlimited Banquet at 5 p.m. at the Horeseheads Elks Club, Horseheads. For more information call Jim Palmer at 607-425-6136.

March 11 – WNY Whitetails Unlimited Banquet starting at 5 p.m. at the Carousel Banquet Facility, Hamburg Fairgrounds. For more information contact John Hunter at 607-426-8292.

March 11 – North Forest Rod and Gun’s Ladies Shoot N’ Hoot Program at Wolcott Guns, 3052 Walden Avenue, Depew starting at 12:30 p.m. with a safety talk. Shooting air pistol and .22 rifle from 1-3 p.m. Cost is $25 for adults; $20 for junior ladies from 12 to 17. Call Colleen Gaskill at 628-9023 to pre-register by March 8.

March 13 – Bare Root Barn opens at the Turnbull Garden Center, 10036 Versailles Plank Road, North Collins. Numerous plants for attracting deer and turkey to your property.

March 13-18 - Southtowns Walleye Association will be hosting its 21st Annual Special People Fishing Days at its clubhouse located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg March 13-17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and March 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Elaine at 893-0733 for more info.

March 14-May 21 Spring Trap League at Wood & Brook Sportsman’s Club, 13712 Genesee St., Crittenden. Shooting will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-10 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call Jim Curtis at 685-2167. Shooting is open to all shooters. Instructions are available.

March 14 – Niagara County Chapter of SCOPE will be holding its monthly meeting at the Wilson Conservation Club, Route 425, Wilson starting at 7 p.m. Jay Blanchard with The Financial Guys on WBEN will be the guest speaker.

March 15 – Close of walleye, northern pike, pickerel and tiger musky seasons (statewide, general regulations).

March 15 – Special fly tying event at the Orvis Eastern Hills Mall (4545 Transit Rd., Williamsville) with the Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International and the Council leaders of the Eastern Waters Council of Fly Fishers International. Fly tying starts at 6 p.m. with featured experts. Must register by March 8. Call 276-7200 675-4766.

March 16 – Southtowns Walleye Association monthly general membership meeting at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg starting at 7:30 p.m. Call 649-8202 for more information.

March 16 – UPDATE Erie County Chapter of SCOPE monthly meeting at the Harvey D. Morin VFW Post, 965 Center Road, West Seneca. For more info contact 656-0350.

March 18 – Basics of Birding at DeVeaux Woods State Park, Niagara Falls from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Appropriate for families ages 8 and up. Call 282-5154 to register.

March 23 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs monthly meeting at Evans Rod and Gun, 864 Cain Road, Angola. Board meeting at 6:30 p.m.; general meeting at 7 p.m.

March 25 – 6th Annual Fishermen’s Paradise Flea Market/Swap Meet at Alexander Fire Rec Hall, 10708 Route 98, Alexander from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission $2. Kids 12 and under are free. For more info call Joe Kugel at 440-0004 or Jim Thompson at 585-591-0168.

March 25 – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla 3-1 About Boating Safety Course at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Bob Hasse at 954-3453 for more info.

March 25 – Antique Fishing Tackle Show at Elk’s Lodge, 6791 N. Canal Road, Lockport from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $15. Tables available for $15 before March 18; $20 after. For more information call Dan Bedford at 713-9410.

March 25 – Application deadline for the DEC’s day-old pheasant chick program. For information contact 372-0645 in Region 9.

March 25 – “Woodcock Whorl” at Evangola State Park from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Witness the woodcock mating display. To register call 549-1050.

March 25 – Signs of Spring Walk at Artpark State Park, Lewiston from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call 282-5154 to register.

March 25 – Spring is Here Celebration at Knox Farm State Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call 282-5154 to register.

March 26 – Coyote hunting season closes.

March 28 – NYS Pistol Permit Class at Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Road, Batavia, starting at 6 p.m. Hosted by the Genesee Chapter of SCOPE. Call 778-9431 to pre-register.

March 28 – New York State Pistol Permit Class hosted by Jim Carr and the Genesee County Chapter of SCOPE. The class will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Road, Batavia. Preregister with Carr at 778-9431.

March 28 – WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold their monthly meeting at a different location, the Orvis Shop in Willliamsville (4545 Transit Road) starting at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Joe Gould with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

March 31 – Crow season ends.

April 1 – Inland trout and landlocked salmon opener. Consult the DEC website for regulations details at www.dec.ny.gov.

April 2 – Niagara County Gobblers Chapter, National Wild Turkey Federation 22nd Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet at Ransomville Volunteer Fire Company, 2521 Youngstown Lockport Road, Ransomville. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Dinner at 5 p.m. Call Herb or Pam Lederhouse at 791-3151 for more info.

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