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Judge Francis E. Hartmann, 76, a native of Sparrowbush, N.Y., died Sept. 15. While not a household name among Western New York outdoors folk, Hartmann did much to further sportsmen's issues with his New York State Conservation Council activities for more than 30 years. Until stricken a week before his death, he served on the Conservation Fund Advisory Board.

Never one to retire -- he took an occasional fishing or hunting trip -- Hartmann worked in behalf of outdoors betterment everywhere.

Council and area legislative leaders knew and respected his love for promoting and preserving this state's outdoors resources.

Another great New York State outdoors leader has left. He will be missed.

Shooting school

Shooters can do more than just wing it after sessions with Steve Schultz, Safari Club International chief instructor. Schultz will conduct a Wingshooting School on Oct. 12-14 at Lucky Star Ranch in Chaumont. Schultz quickly picks up on shooters' errors and gives tips that help average shooters excel on the range or in the field. For more information on this school, call 473-4111 or e-mail:

SCOPE adjustment

The Erie County Chapter of SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) planned its Fourth Annual Meet the Candidates Night for 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Elma Conservation Club. After notices were sent out, Primary Day was announced for that date. Herb Barry, event coordinator, has rescheduled this gathering for 7-9 p.m., Oct. 22.

Candidates for local and county offices will not only attend to give brief presentations, but they often remain for one-on-one questions on specific shooting-related legislation.

Candidates and concerned individuals and groups can get more details by calling Berry (825-4174) or sending him an e-mail:

The science of hunting

A course on the science and ethics of hunting will be offered by the East Aurora Continuing Education Center next month. The three-week course begins Oct. 22 and meets 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the high school. Conrad Boyle, a chemist and avid hunter, will discuss why hunting is needed for wildlife management and why it is an ethical practice.

"It's a neat class with lots of discussion," he said, "and should interest hunters and non-hunters alike." The class costs $24 for school district residents and $31 for non-residents. To register, and get a list of other courses of interest to outdoors enthusiasts, call the center at 687-2311 during the day.

Mike Levy contributed to this notebook.

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