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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

> Meetings

* Department of Environmental Conservation meetings on chronic wasting disease will be held at Boston Valley Elementary School in North Boston at 7 p.m. on Monday and at Jamestown Community College, Carnahan Building, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Call 372-0645.

* WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 648-9732.

* Buffalo Ornithological Society, Cummings Room, Buffalo Museum of Science, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday.

* Pointing Dog Club of WNY, Gander Mountain Store Lodge, 7 p.m., Thursday. Call 743-2300.

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Archery

* West Falls Conservation Society 30 Target 3-D Archery Shoot, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., today; and 15-Target 3-D Shoot, 4 p.m. to dusk, Thursday. Call 655-5030.

* Erie County Conservation Society 3-D Archery Shoot, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., next Sunday. Call (585) 492-1614.

* WNY Field Archers and Bowhunters Festival (open shoot), Evans Rod & Gun Club, next Sunday. Call 549-0333.

* Double T Archery Club, 1110 North French Road, North Amherst. Events: Traditional 3-D Shoot, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Call 688-0438 or go to: www.doubletarchery.org.

* Collins Conservation Club 30-Target 3-D Shoot, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., next Sunday. Call 992-2002.

* Aim High Outdoor Adventures Kelly for Kids Target Shoot, 11969 Ruckh Road, Leon, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Call 204-1212, ext. 206, or 988-5967.

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Shooting sports

* Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road. Events: Fall Trap League, 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays; and Five-Stand Sporting Clays League begins at 6 p.m., Oct. 3. Call 655-4665.

* Boston Valley Conservation Society Fall Pistol League begins Thursday. Call 337-3555 evenings.

* North Forest Rod & Gun Club, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport. Events: "Shoot 'Til You Drop Day," Saturday, unlimited trap, skeet and clay shooting, $35; and "3-D Archery Tune-Up Shoot," 20 targets, Wednesday and Oct. 5. Call 433-6343.

* Wyoming Valley Rod & Gun Club Fall League, Java, has begun. For details, call 652-9049.

* Allied Sportsmen Fall Trap League shoots on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Call 668-1367.

* Alden Rod & Gun Club Fall Trap League shoots on Friday from 6-10 p.m. Walk-ons always welcome. Call 626-4953.

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Certification classes

> Hunting

* Fraternal Order of Elks, Lodge 491, Olean, 6-9:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Call (585) 968-3609 after 4 p.m. or 372-0789.

* Canaseraga American Legion, Monday and Oct. 3, 5 and 8. Call (607) 545-6414 evenings.

* Hinsdale Fire Hall, 6-9:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Call 372-7945 or 557-2684.

* South Dayton American Legion, Mill St., 6-10 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday and 9 a.m., Saturday. Register at first class.

* Ripley Rod & Gun Club, 6-9:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday and 9 a.m., Saturday. Call 326-3967.

* Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Dept., Little Valley, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, and Sunday. Call 938-9191, ext. 2217 or 2219.

* Orchard Park Town Hall, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Oct. 8. Call 627-9861.

* Eden/North Collins Gun Club, 6-10 p.m., Oct. 3, 4 and 5. Call 549-5698.

* Scio Rod & Gun Club, 6-9 p.m., Oct. 3, 5 and 6 and 8:30 a.m., Oct. 8. Call (585) 593-1582.

* Niagara Gun Range, 6-10 p.m., Oct. 3, 4 and 5. Call 694-3317 evenings.

* Perry Center Community Hall, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and 12:30-4:30 Sunday. Call (585) 880-2157.

> Archery

* Doc's Archery, North Tonawanda, 6 p.m., Monday and Thursday or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Call 693-2703.

* Active Bowhunters of WNY, Holland, 8 a.m., next Sunday. Call (585) 496-5819.

* Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, Oct. 3 and 4. Call 648-2236.

* Nick's Sporting Goods, Kenmore, 6-10 p.m., Oct. 6 and 11 a.m., Oct. 8. Call 875-9218.

* Wellsville Rod & Gun Club, 8:30 a.m., Oct. 8. Call (585) 593-4792.

* Franklinville Conservation Club, Oct. 7 and 8. Call 444-7177 or 676-5630.

> Trapping

* Wood & Brook Sportsmen's Club, Genesee Street, Alden, 8 a.m., Saturday. Call 683-0419.

* Elma Conservation Club, 6-10 p.m., Tuesday and 8 a.m. Saturday. Call 592-2404.

* David Allen Farm, Gowanda, Oct. 8 and 9. Call 257-9045.

> Waterfowl identification

* Sweet Home Middle School, 4150 Maple Road, Amherst, 6-10 p.m., Tuesday. Register at class.

> Boating

* Hamburg Power Squadron Boating Class, Lake Shore Central High School, four two-hour classes, starting 7 p.m., Tuesday. Call 655-1322.

* Personal Watercraft Boating Safety Course, Maryvale High School Community Education Program, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. Call 635-4666.

> Pistol

* UAW 686 Pistol Club NRA Certified Pistol Course, Walnut and Vine streets, Lockport, 6-9 p.m., Thursday. Call 778-9935 or 434-1563.

* To schedule an appointment for a pistol permit class, call: Jim Carr, 778-9431; T.J. & M., 626-4953; Mohawk Rifle and Pistol Club, 876-8424; A Best, 681-2248; Buffalo Gun Center, 833-2581; Den's Gun Shop, 675-9621; or Easy Aim, 668-7875.

> Muzzleloader

* Wheatfield Firearms Safety Education and Conservation Committee Muzzleloading Seminar, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Oct. 3. Apply in person at Wheatfield Town Hall, 2800 Church Road, North Tonawanda.

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Shows/seminars

* David Orr Seminar, University at Buffalo, Slee Hall, "Earth In Mind: Patriotism, Politics and the Environment in an Age of Terror," 8 p.m., Wednesday. Call 829-3535.

* Outdoor Photography Skills Workshop, Bass Pro Shops, Auburn, 5:30 p.m., Friday and 8 a.m., Saturday. Call (315) 258-2700.

* Buckeye Scents Sanctioned Turkey Calling Contest, 4202 Willow Road, Wilson, Saturday. Call Pam Lederhouse (791-3151).

* Dick Kirby Seminar, Hamburg Wesleyan Church, "Born to Hunt -- Answering His Call," 7 p.m., Oct. 7. Free, call for reservations, 649-6336.

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Banquets/fund-raisers

* Shawnee Volunteer Fire Co. Sportsman's Raffle, 5 p.m., Saturday. Call 684-7779 or 772-7598.

* Ducks Unlimited Annual Waterfowlers' Night Out, Tonawanda Sportsman Club, Oct. 11. Call 634-5387 or 741-3178.

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Hiking/nature

* Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Sunday Family Walks and Talks, 3 p.m., "Deer Meadow Walk" today and "Hawk Ridge Hike" next Sunday; and "Volunteer Day," 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday. Iroquois Observations Programs Saturday at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge: "Birding Field Trip," 9 a.m. to noon; "Canoe Trip -- Refuge Headquarters," 9:30 a.m.; "Focus On Bird Banding," 1 p.m.; "Scope Watch," 1-5 p.m.; and "Owl Prowl," 7 p.m. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or e-mail: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

* Tifft Nature Preserve Programs, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd.: Trails open dawn until dusk. For registered programs, call 896-5200, ext. 338.

* Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 77 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga. Public guided tours (no reservations needed), 10 a.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays; self-guided tours, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays. "Into the Dusk," 6:30 p.m., Friday; "Fall Cleanup," 9:30 a.m., Saturday; and "Fall Ferns and Fungi," 1 p.m., Saturday. For all programs, call 683-5959.

* Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs: "Evening River Stroll," Artpark State Park, 8-9:30 p.m., Friday. Call 745-7848.

* Knox Farm State Park Fiber Arts Festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 655-7200 or go to: www.geocities.com/knoxfarmfiber.

* Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Stiglmeier Park," 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 684-8875, and "Finger Lake Trail," 10 a.m., next Sunday, call 839-4644.

* Niagara Frontier Botanical Society "Field Trip to USDA Apple Tree Research Station -- Geneva," 9 a.m., Saturday. Call 835-6042.

* Buffalo Ornithological Society Event: "Tifft Nature Preserve and Times Beach," 8 a.m., next Sunday. Call 674-5781.

* Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club events: "River Walks," across from Mississippi Mudds, 6:30 p.m., every Friday. "Cleanup/Hike -- Tillman Wetlands in Clarence," Saturday; and "Lower Niagara River -- Canoe/Kayak," Saturday. For all ADK events, call 532-5259 or 564-2106.

* Hamburg Natural History Society Programs: "Eighth Annual Earth Science Day at Penn Dixie," 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. Call 627-4560 or go to: www.penndixie.org.

* Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Smokey Hollow Hike," 10 a.m., Thursday; "Highbanks Hike," 10 a.m., Saturday; "Fishing in and Around LSP," 1 p.m., Saturday; "Canal Walk," 10 a.m., next Sunday; and "Indoor Ed-Venture -- Tree Leaves," 2 p.m., next Sunday. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

Send items 15 days in advance to Will Elliott, 648 Ransom Road, Lancaster, 14086, or fax to 685-0420, or e-mail to wille@pce.net.

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