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Women have a choice of 11 outdoors activities during a National Wild Turkey Federation Women in the Outdoors program at the Erie County Conservation Society on Miller Avenue in Chaffee on June 7.

The Springville Strutters and Enchanted Mountain Chapters of NWTF will join to present sessions on ATV safety, basic archery/crossbow, basic shotgun/trap shooting, fly fishing, canoeing/kayaking, wilderness/home survival, introduction to rifle shooting, outdoor photography, turkey hunting and calling, dart video shooting and hunting, and self defense.

Each entrant selects seven sessions and participates in at least four of these activities during a day, which starts at 8 a.m. and ends between 6 and 7 p.m., said Andrea Danner, one of the program coordinators.

A registration fee of $45 includes lunch, use of all equipment, all instruction, membership and a one-year subscription to "Women in the Outdoors," plus a surprise gift.

This program introduces women to outdoors activities and related opportunities, but it also trains women to serve as outdoor educators and to network with other women and men with similar outdoors interests.

For details and registration information, call Estelle Greene (941-6775) or Deb Opferbeck (373-3322) or e-mail:

Seasons change

Spring is barely here, but Charles Alsheimer, noted deer expert, will present a multimedia presentation "An Autumn of Change" at Pendleton Methodist Church on June 7.

The evening begins with a spaghetti dinner at 6:30 and then comes Alsheimer's hour-long program, which will also include basics about quality deer management options and tips on hunting wily whitetails.

Tickets for the dinner and presentation are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Proceeds help youth summer camps, kids fishing days and other youth activities. For tickets, call Ed Goergens or Rob Kurczynski (609-0772).

Order fish for stocking

The Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for largemouth bass and fathead minnows, fish species suitable for warm-water ponds. Orders can be placed until July 11 for a July 19 delivery of bass and fatheads.

Rainbow, brook and brown trout, cold-water species best kept in waters that remain below 72 degrees, can be ordered until Sept. 26 for a delivery on Oct. 4.

For information on fish stocking orders and fish-stocking license applications, write: ECS&WCD, 50 Commerce Way, East Aurora, 14052 or call 652-8480.

Outdoors scholars

New York State resident students who have been accepted into an accredited higher-learning institution and are working toward a degree in some aspect of wildlife management can apply for assistance through the Janice M. Keesler Scholarship Fund.

Founded in 1988 after Kessler's untimely death, this fund has granted more than $25,000 to worthy students studying in wildlife management programs.

To obtain an application, send a legal-sized, stamped envelope to: Janice M. Keesler Scholarship Fund, 6 Eastwood Drive, Ballston Lake, N.Y. 12019-1300.

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