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Club meetings

WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Francis J. Donovan American Legion Post No. 1626, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Expert fly fisherman, author and photographer Al Himmel will discuss fly fishing in Florida.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation, Lancaster Moose Hall, 5437 Broadway, Lancaster, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Marty Huber NYTF regional director, will update conservation programs. Call 839-2269.

Shooting sports

Holland Rod and Gun Club slug shoot, 10 a.m., Nov. 4. Call 537-9650 for information.

Evans Rod & Gun Club Sight-In Days, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 10 and 11. Call 947-5251.

Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club, Killian Road, Pendleton, two new Sporting Clays courses now open, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays year round. Call 625-8658.

WNY Practical Pistol League shoots at Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club today, including a Charity Match to benefit New York City firefighters. For information about WNYPPL shooting events and membership application, call 627-3762 or e-mail:

Gun/outdoors shows

Little Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. Sportsmen's Show, Route 353, Little Valley, Saturday and Sunday. Displays include modern and antique firearms and accessories, game calls, sporting goods and fishing tackle. Call 938-6928.

Niagara Frontier Collectors Gun Show, Knights of Columbus Banquet Hall, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga, Dec. 1 and 2. Buy, sell or trade modern and classic sporting and military collectibles -- or just browse. For table reservations, call (800) 225-7338 or 542-9929.

Certification classes


Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, Mullet Street, Dunkirk, 5-10 p.m., Nov. 7 and 8. Register at first class.

Ellicottville Sportsmen's Club, 6-9:30 p.m., Nov. 8 and 8 a.m. to completion, Nov. 10. Call 699-2702, 557-2490 or 699-4785.


Buffalo Gun Center Pistol Permit Classes, 6-10 p.m., Mondays or Wednesdays or 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays. Call 833-2581.

American Sportsmen Center Pistol Certification Classes, 6-10 p.m. Mondays or noon-4 p.m., Saturdays. Call 743-8575.

Security Weapons and Training Institute Pistol Permit Class, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, 5 p.m., Nov. 7. Call 822-1043 or (800) 672-7928.

Outdoors banquets/dinners

Sixth Annual Hamburg Natural History Society Fundraiser, Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant, Nov. 8. Call 627-4560.

East Aurora chapter 148 of Ducks Unlimited annual fundraising dinner, East Aurora Country Club, Girdle Road, 6 p.m. Thursday. Call 652-1420 or 652-0423.

League leaders

Niagara County dominated 2001 Western New York Outdoor Pistol League team results and Ten-X Club members led in individual shooter awards, which will be given today during the league's annual awards meeting and brunch held at 11 a.m. at Fontana's Banquet Center, 2440 Clinton St. in West Seneca.

Niagara County shooters took Gold Division firsts in .22 Caliber Actual, Handicap and Center Fire competitions. Gerald Ellingson represented his Ten-X Club well with first place high averages finishes in both .22 Caliber and Center Fire Open competitions. Clifton Faulring, also of Ten-X, got firsts in both Master divisions for .22 and center fire shooting.

Debby Hahn, Lockport team member, won High Lady Average for .22 caliber competition; William Perry of Ten-X took High Handicapped Score; and Alan Walker of Niagara County received a Most Improved Shooter award, with a 30-point gain.

Line leaders

Matthew Martin of La Fayette won a $50,000 prize package with his first-place finish in Wal-Mart's Bass Fishing League divisional competition held on Chautauqua Lake last week. Martin totaled 21 pounds, 13 ounces for five bass weighed in Oct. 20 to win a Chevy Silverado and a Mercury- or Yamaha-powered Ranger 518VZ boat. He fished hard with several baits but did most of his best catching with a purple Spider Grub cast along the southeast corner of the lake.

Robert Hebb of Staunton, Va., led the Co-Angler Division with 18 pounds, 3 ounces to win a fully equipped Ranger boat.


Tifft Nature Preserve Programs, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd.: Sunday Nature Walk, 2 p.m.; Wellness Walk, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday. Tales of Tails (ages 5-7), 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday; Animal Homes (ages 8-12), 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday; and Boy Scout Badge Day: Indian Lore, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 10 (Must register in advance by calling the Boy Scout Office, 891-4073). For all other preserve programs, call 825-6397 or e-mail:

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: Erie Canal: Densmore Road to Holley, 10 a.m., Saturday, call 688-9311; and Traffic Street Forest Tract, 9 a.m., Nov. 4, call 832-4348.

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Nature Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Sunday Family Walks and Talks, 3 p.m., today, "Exploring Hawk Ridge," and "Pond Safari," Nov. 4; and Canoeing the Buffalo River, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday; Full Moon Walk, 6-8:30 p.m., Wednesday. Call 457-3228 or email:

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 77 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga. Public guided tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Evening in the Woods, 6:30 p.m., Friday; Project FeederWatch, 11 a.m., Saturday. Call 851-7201.

Buffalo Ornithological Society Full Day Trip to Lake Ontario plains of eastern Niagara and Orleans counties, 8 a.m., Saturday. Call Willie D'Anna (731-4348).

New York State Parks Niagara Frontier Region Programs: Buckhorn Night Hike, Buckhorn Island State Park (must register in advance). Call 745-7848.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: Thursday Nature Walk -- Near the Hogsback, 10 a.m., Thursday; Big Tree Tour -- Part I, 10 a.m., Saturday; Indoor Ed-Venture -- Fruits, Nuts and Seeds, 2 p.m., Saturday; and Finger Lakes Trail Hike -- Gardeau Section, 10 a.m., Nov. 4. Call 493-3625.

Bond Lake Park, 2551 Lower Mountain Road, Lewiston, Nature Center open noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 731-3256.

Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Farm, 5067 Townline Road, Delevan, 2-5 p.m., today, final day this season the park will be open to the public. Call 942-6835.

Buffalo Orienteering Club: Mendon Ponds near Rochester, Nov. 10. Call 377-5650.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Guided Bird Tour, 3395 Routes 5/2 0, Seneca Falls, 3 p.m., Saturday. For directions and details on other MNWR programs, call Marva Gingrich, (315) 568-5987 or visit the Web site:

Niagara Bruce Trail Club Hikes: Firemen's Park, 10 a.m., Wednesday, call (905) 354-8695; Merritt/Bruce/Twelve Loop, 10 a.m., Saturday, call (905) 684-2090; and Malcomson Park/Waterfront, 2 p.m., Nov. 3, call (905) 937-0773.
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