Teams are forming fast and getting into shooting shape for the First Niagara Frontier Team Sport Shooting Classic Sept. 12 at Tonawanda Sportsman's Club on Killian Road in Pendleton.
Shooting teams can register at four levels of participation (platinum, gold, silver and bronze) to compete in trap, skeet and sporting clays events. Trophies will be awarded to the top three teams. Events begin at 8 a.m.; lunch and dinner are included with registration.
Proceeds benefit the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of Boy Scouts of America.
Five-member teams have until Tuesday to select their shooting level. For registration information, contact Tom Johnston (891-4073) FAX: 891-4008 or Peter Wilson (684-0555) FAX: 684-6996.
Getting HIP a must
Waterfowl hunters statewide and nationally now must register with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Harvest Information Program (HIP) before hunting this season.
Hunters can call 24 hours a day to register. The automated survey takes about 5 minutes, ending with the issuance of a 10-digit number the hunter must enter in a space on the New York State hunting license form.
The information gathered will help to improve season setting and bag limits for all hunted waterfowl species nationally. To register, call 1-888-4ASKHIP.
New hunting gear
Two new items are worth checking on for the coming season:
Summit Specialties Trophy Chair (about $69) and Simple Seat (about $59) are designed for more comfortable ground hunting. Each weighs about 5 pounds and easily folds for backpacking.
Wrangler, long-established makers of sturdy jeans, has begun a line of rugged shirts and pants in Bill Jordan's Advantage four- camouflage patterns. These items are designed to last waterfowlers through several soggy seasons.
NYS Conservation Council, a dedicated group of unpaid outdoors watchdogs of New York State sportsmen's interests, holds its fourth annual fundraising banquet Sept. 12 at the Harvey D. Morin VFW Post in West Seneca. A social hour begins at 6 p.m. A prime rib dinner will be served at 7:15. Cost is $25 single and $45 per couple. For ticket information, call 655-0975, 684-5826 or 937-9040.
The Buffalo chapter of Ducks Unlimited hosts its 28th Annual Dinner and Fundraiser Sept. 16 at Samuel's Grand Manor in Williamsville. DU has raised more than a billion dollars for waterfowl habitat since its inception in 1937. Early-bird discount prices continue until Sept. 1. For ticket information, call Don Ledonne (688-4974).
SCOPE (The Shooters Committee On Political Education) Banquet 98 will be held Oct. 3 at Batavia Best Western Inn at the Batavia Thruway entrance, with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Kayne Robinson, NRA first vice president, will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $30 per person and $55 per couple. Purchases before Sept. 25 also include free raffle tickets. For details, call 720-9248.
WNY Field Archers & Bowhunters' Third Annual 3-D Championship begins at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Evans Rod & Run Club on Cain Road in Evans. All archers are welcome to compete for trophies and awards in five shooting classes. Shooters take on 30 McKenzie targets at unmarked distances for adults (to 40-yard distances), youths 13-17 (to 30-yard distances), and cubs 12-and-under (to 20-yard distances). For information, call 668-3964, 674-2616 or 549-0333.
Collins Conservation Club has a 3-D Archery Trophy Fun Shoot Sept. 6 starting at 8 a.m. on club grounds, Conger Road in North Collins. Along with 3-D shooting, archers can try electronic moving targets and novelty shoots. Call 824-1040 or 532-3966.
Attica Rod & Gun Club, seven miles south of Attica on Route 98, has a 3-D Archery Festival Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call 493-3438 or 535-7126. Springville Field & Stream on White Street in Springville holds a 25-target 3-D Archery Shoot on Sept. 20 starting at 8 a.m. Shooters pay a $6 entrance fee; archers 12 and younger shoot for free. Call Bill Irish (592-8924).
Cohen keeps goin'
Angola archer Lorinda Cohen won first place in 15-18-year old girls competition in the National Archery Association's Outdoor Championships held recently at Canton, Mich. This was the last time she could compete in the youth division. In the world ranking shootoff, she placed 15th among 63 women shooters, 10th among U.S. women shooters.
New York Walleye Association meets Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 1041, 533 Amherst St. in Buffalo. Call Angelo Sgranfetto (759-2423).
Central and Western New York Chapter of Safari Club International gathers at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Michael's Banquet, 4887 Southwestern Blvd. in Hamburg. Call 648-6265.
Chautauqua Lake Walleye Association holds its initial membership meeting at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the War Vets Club in Fluvana. Meetings after September will be held on the first Wednesday each month. For information about the new association, call Tom Uhl (386-5873).
Erie County Federation of Sportsmens Clubs join at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Springville Field & Stream Club on White Street. DEC biologists and enforcement personnel will present summarizing updates on regional fish and wildlife concerns.
Hunter training classes
A waterfowl ID class will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. till noon in Room D214 at Finger Lakes Community College. For directions and details, call Dr. Frank Smith (394-3500) ex. 253.
Millgrove Sportsman Club has hunter training at Alden Rod & Gun Club Tuesday, Sept. 8 and 12. To preregister, call 937-9536 or 599-6431.
3-F Club in Youngstown holds a hunter course Tuesday and Sept. 8 from 6 until 10 p.m. and Sept. 6 from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Call 285-2810. Also, a bow hunter certification course will be held on the same dates at the same times. Call 745-9701.
Somerset Conservation Club's bow classes are set for Sept. 4 and 12. Students must preregister by Friday. For details, call 765-9633 or 542-5606.
Spring Brook Fire Company's hunter training course goes Sept. 8 and 12. To register, call 627-9861.
West Falls Conservation Club offers hunter training on Sept. 11 and 13. Call 662-5657. For the archery training course on Sept. 12, call 662-4559.
Allied Sportsmen holds an all-day archery class Sept. 12. For details, call Dick Moore (656-9742).
A hunter training course at T.J. Dulski Community Center in Buffalo goes from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. on Sept. 12 and 13. To register, call 627-9861.
Mohawk Rifle & Pistol Club's hunter training sessions are Sept. 12 and 19. Call 627-9861.
Hawkeye Bowmen's archery course starts at 9 a.m. Sept. 13. To preregister, call 683-4847 or 542-4136.
Johnson's Country Store, Route 20 in Hamburg, has an archery class Sept. 27. To preregister, call 646-5606.
Foothills Trail Club's Erie County Forest Hike starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. Call 876-2721. Chris Veiders (633-7536) leads an Akron Falls hike at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Jean Frank (876-2771) leads an Olmstead Parkways saunter at 10 a.m. Tuesday. A Grand Island River mini-hike starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Call 874-1757.
Letchworth State Park holds four separate events at 10 a.m. Saturday and a Great Bend Gorge trek at 8 a.m. Sunday. Call 493-3625.
New York State Parks' Niagara Gorge Hikes at Whirlpool State Park continue until Labor Day. For times, call 278-1728.
-- WILL ELLIOTT
NOTE: Send items to Will Elliott, 648 Ransom Road, Lancaster, 14086.