April 11-15 – ACA Level 2 Kayak Instructor course in partnership with Outdoor Leader Trainers of America and Seabirds International at Cattaraugus Community Center, Irving. Book through http://www.oltoa.com/index.htm.
April 13 – Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association monthly meeting at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, 4487 Lake Ave. (Route 78), Lockport, starting at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Capt. Matt Dunn talking on tournament spring kings techniques.
April 14 – Fabulous Frogs of Spring at Evangola State Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Call 549-1050 to pre-register.
April 15 – North Tonawanda Owl Prowl at the North Tonawanda Audubon Preserve with naturalist Tom Kerr from 8-9:30 p.m. Pre-registration required at 585-457-3228. Cost is $5. For ages 8 and up.
April 15 – Junior Audubon Club Hamburg Hawk Watch from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with naturalist Tom Kerr. The birding adventure will take place across Rogers Road from Lakeside Memorial Cemetary. For kids ages 8 to 14. Preregistration required. Donations accepted. Preregistration required. Call 585-457-3228.
April 15 – U.S. Coast Guard Inspection at the Southtowns Walleye Association Clubhouse parking lot located at 5895 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
April 15 – Coonhound Event at the clubhouse located at 7359 Rood Road, Sinclairville. Activities start with a Coonhound bench show, a field trial at 6 p.m. and an 8 p.m. night hunt. Call Kevin at 595-2053 for more info.
April 15 – Final day, snow goose season.
April 18 – Three-F Club (Fin, Feather Fur Conservation Society) regular monthly meeting, 904 Swann Road, Lewiston starting at 7 p.m.
April 19 – Local shooting clubs will participate in a commemorative “Shot Heard ‘round the World” at public ranges. For more information check out www.shotheardroundtheworldday.com.
April 19 – 20th Annual Enviro-Fair Celebration at the Tuscarora Health and Community Center, 5226 Walmore Road, Lewiston from 5 -8 p.m. For more information call 297-9982.
April 20 – Southtowns Walleye Association monthly meeting at the clubhouse located at 5895 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg starting at 7:30 p.m. Guest speakers will be Fish USA.
April 20 – NYS Pistol Permit Certification Class hosted by Freeman’s Sport Shop, 50 John St., Akron starting at 6 p.m. Call 778-9631 to preregister.
April 20 – Lake Erie Chapter- Fly Fishers International will hold its monthly meeting at the American Legion Post #735 on Legion Drive in West Seneca. Fly tying begins at 6 p.m., business meeting begins at 7 p.m.. Preparations for the 7th Annual Ray's Kids Day will be the focus of the meeting. To learn more about Ray’s Kids Day or for an application visit the Chapter's web site at www.lake-erie-fff.org or call 675-4766.
April 20 – Erie County Chapter of SCOPE monthly meeting at the Harvey D. Morin Post, 965 Center Road, West Seneca starting at 7 p.m.
April 22 – Annual Outdoor Gear and Flea Market at Bison City Rod and Gun Club, 511 Ohio St., Buffalo from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admission free. Tables free. Set-up begins at 7 a.m. For more info call Paul Stoos at 563-9258 or Willie Sieber at 260-3240.
April 22 – Spring into Nature celebration at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, 1101 Casey Road, Alabama from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities at the headquarters and at Cayuga Overlook on Route 77 to view bald eagles. For more info contact the Refuge at 585-948-5445 Ext. 7034.
April 22 – Gorge Hiking Series on the Devil’s Hole Rim Trail from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 282-5154 to register.
April 22 – Chautauqua Lake Chapter, National Wild Turkey Federation Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Frewburg Fire Department, Hazzard Street, Frewburg starting at 5 p.m. Call 489-6933 for more information or tickets.
April 22 – Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will host the WNY Spring Shoreline Sweep from 10 a.m. to noon in Erie and Niagara counties. If you want to be involved, contact Wendy Paterson at 716-852-7483.
April 22 - Unrestricted Upgrade 1/Threat Management hosted by Freeman’s Sport Shop, 50 John St., Akron, starting at 6 p.m. Call 778-9631 to preregister.
April 22-23 – Spring Orvis Days at Orvis Buffalo with an information and entertaining agenda for each day. Fly fishing 101 (preregister at 276-7200), spring fly fishing discussion, Euro-nymphing on Saturday. On Sunday, Fly Fishing 201 (preregister), advanced streamer tactics. Big Ditch Brewery sampling on Saturday starting at noon. Check out www.orvis.com/buffalo.
April 22-23 – Spring Youth Turkey Hunt Weekend for junior hunters ages 12 to 15. You must have a Junior License and a turkey permit. Limit is one bearded bird for the weekend. For more information consult the state website at www.dec.ny.gov.
April 22-23 – Tri-County Trout Derby out of Arcade. Check out www.arcadechamber.org for more information.
April 23 - Boston Valley Conservation Society, 9624 Zimmerman Road, Boston, will host a spring trap league starting April 23rd. Sign up times are: Sundays; 9 a.m.-12 noon and Thursdays 6-8 p.m. The league will run for 10 weeks. Teams, individuals and practice shooters are all welcome. Questions: 335 - 4111
April 24 – Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs monthly meeting at the Town of Lockport offices, Dysinger and Beattie roads, Lockport starting at 7 p.m. Call John Butcher at 433-1014 for more info.
April 25 – (rescheduled) Eastern Waters Council of Fly Fishers International fly tying event at Orvis Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville starting at 6 p.m. Attendees need to register by April 18. Featured fly tyers include Sam Decker, Craig Buckbee, Rodney Priddle. The Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International is also sponsoring the event. Register by calling 276-7200 or 675-4766.
April 25 – Niagara County Fisheries Development Board meeting, Newfane Community Center, 2737 Main St., Newfane starting at 7 p.m. Contact Chairman Bob Cinelli for information at 860-9774.
April 25 – Genesee County Chapter of SCOPE will hold a NYS Pistol Permit Class at Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Road, Batavia starting at 6 p.m. Call 778-9431 to preregister.
April 27 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs will hold its annual monthly meeting at West Falls Conservation Club, 55 Bridge Street, West Falls, starting at 7 p.m.
April 29 – Orvis Buffalo will be giving a Free Fly Fishing 101 seminar from 4-5 p.m. at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, 1 North Mullet Street, Dunkirk as part of a special Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy celebration from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information call Alberto Rey at 410-7003.
April 29 – New York State Outdoorsman Hall of Fame dinner at the Rusty Nail, Canastota starting at 5 p.m. Reservations must be made by April 22. Call 315-363-3896.
April 29 – 22nd Annual Niagara Frontier Friends of the NRA Banquet at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew starting at 5 p.m. Call Georgina at 866-7656 for more information. Half of the proceeds raised comes back into the area for grant programs involved with the shooting sports.
April 29 – U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 3-1 About Boating Safety course at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Robert Hasse at 954-3453 to preregister. This is a required class for anyone born after May 1, 1996 if you want to operate a boat or jet ski.
April 29 – WNY Chapter Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet starting at 4 p.m. Bartlett Country Club, Olean. Call Calvin at 585-567-8991 for more info.
April 29 – Safe Boating & Jet Ski Class, at McKinley Mal.
April 29 – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-2 8-hour Boating and Jet Ski Safety class in the Community Room at the McKinley Mall. The class begins at 8:05 a.m. sharp and ends at approximately 5 p.m. There is a new age-related State Law for boaters that went into effect in 2015. To receive more information about the new law, or to register for this class, contact Eileen Reiner at 725-9669 or at email@example.com. Visit the website at www.wnyboatsafe.org for a list of additional classes.
April 29-30 – Niagara Frontier Gun Show at the Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg. Saturday hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Go to www.nfgshows.com.
April 29-30 – Greater Wellsville Trout Derby. 450 tagged fish. Over $25,000 in prize money. For more info and to register go to www.trout-derby.com.