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STATE CHAPTER TO TALK TURKEY AT CONVENTION

Charles Alsheimer, noted wildlife photographer and outdoor writer, is one of the featured speakers during the NYS Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation's Spring Convention to be held in Cheektowaga.

Turkey trekkers and deer devotees statewide will be gathering in Western New York next weekend.

Deer hunting and championship turkey calling are just two of many featured presentations during the NYS Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation's Spring Convention and Sanctioned Calling Contest on April 4 at the Buffalo Sheraton Inn on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga.

Charles Alsheimer, widely published deer hunter and photo artist from Bath, will display his award-winning shots and describes how best to take them.

Matt Morrett, pro staffer with Quaker Boy Game Calls and Realtree Camouflage, gives tips on what turkey calls to use and when. Morrett has competed nationally for 21 years and has been featured in numerous outdoor publications and in videos seen on ESPN and TNN.

Displays open at 9 a.m. and seminars begin at 9:30. A sanctioned state calling contest starts at 2 p.m. Following a cocktail hour at 6, the awards dinner goes from 7 until 10 p.m. For ticket information, call Al Gai (937-3271).

Trout banquet

Talk about the big ones that got away -- all via catch-and-release, of course -- will be extensive in late April. Trout Unlimited members and guests gather at 6 p.m. at Ripa's Restaurant, 4260 Walden Ave. in Lancaster, April 29 for their annual banquet, which features awards, raffles and Jim Rogers, Environmental Conservation Officer, discussing fishing regulations. For reservations, call Bob Harris (772-7858).

Hunter training classes

West Falls Conservation Club on Bridge St. has classes April 18-19. Call Art Segool (662-5657).

Erie County Conservation Society on Miller Avenue in Chaffee holds classes April 18-19. To preregister call either 826-1489 or 832-8013.

Trap and skeet shooting

Hamburg Rod & Gun begins its 1998 Junior and Adult/Junior League at 10 a.m. Saturday. Adults and juniors can shoot either trap or skeet. For details, call league chairman Rick Walton (649-4207).

3F Club on Swann Road in Lewiston will hold a Skeet Clinic at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. For details, call Bob Lucas (754-2022).

Club meetings

WNY Trout Unlimited meets Tuesday at the Donovan Post, 3210 Genesee St. in Cheektowaga.

Erie County Federation of Sportsmens Clubs affiliates and guests meet at 7:30 tonight at Hawkeye Bowmen, 13300 Clinton St. in Marilla, to discuss results of the Sporstmen's March on Albany Day and related topics.

SCOPE, Inc. holds its annual meeting April 25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Best Western Inn, 8204 Park Road (at Thruway exit 48) in Batavia. Call 720-9248.

3-D archery

Hawkeye Bowmen's 39th Annual Alaskan 3-D Shoot is on for Sunday on club grounds at 13300 Clinton St., in Marilla. Breakfast starts at 6 a.m. and registration goes from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. A wilderness course of 30 3-D targets will be set up for age group shooters. For details, call Dick Glena (542-4136) or Dick Zawacki (683-4847).

Sportsman's Coon Hunters Association registers between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a 40 target 3-D shoot April 19 on club grounds on Hopkins Road (between routes 5 and 33) east of Batavia. For details, call 547-3774, 762-8919 or 560-4477.

Archery champs

Area youths scored well in the NYS Field Archers and Bowhunters Indoor State Championship shoot held March 15 at OnCenter in Syracuse.

Three North Tonawanda youths came home with first-place honors: Steve Hutten, 14, young adult/A class division, shooting 296 of a possible 300 score; Martha Russell, 10, took the young female Style 13 archery class; and Cory Hall, 7, won the Boy's Cub Division for males under age 12.

Mark Irlbacker of Doc's Archery coached the group of young shooters and also placed third in the Men's AA Freestyle. George DeLong of Double T Archery placed third in the Men's Class B Freestyle.

Several young archers took a first place in New York State Archery Championships junior divisions held at Lake Shore Middle School last weekend: Girls Cadets, Sarah Hurd of Buffalo; Boys Cadets, Scott Robinson of Buffalo; Junior Girls, Emily Burch of East Aurora; Junior Boys, Marlon Gerhard of East Aurora; Competitive Girls, Lorinda Cohen of Angola; Competitive Boys, Brent Bollman of East Aurora; Intermediate Girls, Carry Hoffman of Cheektowaga; Intermediate Boys, Matt McClatchuy of Hamburg; and Compound boys, Daniel Dicenzo of East Aurora.

Outdoors woman

The popular Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program has added a summer course, says Peggy Sauer, DEC coordinator. The BOW workshop will be conducted July 10-12 at the Eagle Conference Center in Hamilton, N.Y. For information, call 1-518-485-1000 or write: Mary Smollin; NYS Outdoors Woman; PO Box 12063; Albany, 12212-2063.

Hiking/nature

A Buffalo Museum of Science hike at Twelve Mile Creek Trail near St. Catharines, Ont., begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. For details, call Bob Rowland (835-7575).

Foothills Trail Club hikes from South Grand Island Bridge to Sweet Home Road starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Call Bob Schmidt (433-4576). Mary Dillon leads a Chestnut Ridge Park hike at 10 a.m. Saturday. Call 655-0085. Sunday, Chris Veiders (633-7535) holds a Sweet Home-to-Goodrich hike starting at 9:30 a.m. and Kalista Lehrer heads an Amherst Canal Bikeway hike at 2 p.m. Call 778-8360.

Arcade & Attica Railroad had to cancel its Wildlife Sanctuary Train Run to Beaver Meadows Nature Center last Saturday, but runs are set for April 4, April 18 and May 9, says coordinator Linda Kempf. For reservations, call 496-9877.

Niagara Bruce Trail Club holds hikes from Balls Falls at 10 a.m. Saturday (call 905-934-1149) and from Decew House to Brock University at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Call 905-788-3779. For details on a Trail Maintenance Work Day Sunday morning, call Jim Griffith (905-262-5449).
-- WILL ELLIOTT
NOTE: Send items to Will Elliott, 648 Ransom Road, Lancaster, 14086.

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