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SPRING AHEAD WITH SAFETY CLASSES FOR FIRST-TIME HUNTERS

With spring turkey season just around the corner, children who turned 12 and will hunt with an adult must take a state-mandated class to get their license.

The same goes for first-time hunters of any age.

If you have moved from another state and do not have a hunter safety training certificate or an old license from a state that requires the safety classes, you'll need a course, too. And this may be a better time of year to take one than next fall.

Here are three places where the 10-hour course is offered. Students must attend all sessions to pass:

Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, three parts, 6 to 9 p.m., April 3 and 4; and 6 to 10 p.m., April 6. Call the club at 648-2236 Wednesday and Friday evenings or weekends to register.

The West Falls Conservation Club, two parts, Friday evening and Sunday call 662-5657.

Allied Sportsmen, two parts, April 7-8. Hours are 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call Greg Falkner (674-2769) to register.

Archery

The state-mandated class for first-time bowhunters will be given 9 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday at the West Falls Conservation Society. Call 662-4559 to register.

Boating course

The U.S. Power Squadron's seven-session safe boating course will be offered in Calvary Lutheran Church, 4110 Bailey Ave., starting 9 a.m. Saturday. There is a fee for materials. Sign up at the first session.

Club news

New York State Conservation Council president Henry Cosselman will speak at the annual awards banquet of the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Eagles Aerie, Lincoln Avenue, Lockport. The dinner marks a half-century of the 21-club federation and will honor six persons for outstanding service.

The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will install president Al Gai, vice president Scott Moore, secretary Bill Tobin and treasurer Dave Lips when they meet 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Neighbors, 659 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.

Hiking/nature

Audubon will have a waterfowl identification outing at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Saturday. Ed Ratacjczak (683-0307) leads the day-long outing that meets at Transitown Plaza. . . . Kalista Lehrer (778-8360) leads a hike along th "peanut line" from Akron to Clarence Center Saturday for Foothills Trail Club. Sunday, Marian Field (662-7481) leads a hike in Chestnut Ridge Park.

Trout Unlimited

A whirling disease update will be presented by DEC fisheries biologist Joe Evans when the local chapter of Trout Unlimited meets 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the American Legion Post on Genesee Street near the Thruway.

The chapter holds its fund-raising banquet April 6 in Ripa's Restaurant, 4218 Walden Ave., Lancaster, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $30 and are available at G&R Tackle, the Orvis Shop or by calling 773-2543.
-- MICHAEL LEVY
NOTE: Send items 15 days in advance to Outdoors Notebook, c/o Michael Levy, The Buffalo News, One News Plaza, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240.

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