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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

Niagara River Anglers Association, LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, 2445 Tuscarora Road, Niagara Falls, 7:30 p.m., Monday. Call 754-1895.

3-F Conservation Society, 904 Swann Road, Lewiston, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 791-3809.

Siberian Husky Club of the Niagara Frontier, Nike Base, 3278 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 826-0361.

Niagara County Chapter of SCOPE, B. Leo Dolan American Legion Post No. 410, 42 Niagara St., Lockport, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. Call 772-2261.

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>Archery

WNY Field Archers and Bow Hunters next Indoor Shoot: LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, Niagara Falls, shooting lines at 8 and 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. Call 297-0410. All shoots open to individual and team shooters. For details on all shoots, call Bison Archery Service (826-1102).

Allied Sportsmen, 12846 Clinton St., Alden, "10-week Indoor 3-D League," starts at 7 p.m., Jan. 5. Call 683-2014.

WNY Traveling 3-D Archery League begins at Evans Rod & Gun Club on Jan. 7. Call 992-2002.

Bass Pro Shops Sportsman's Center, Fingerlakes Mall 3-D Archery Range Shoots begin Jan. 7. For sign-up details, call (315) 258-2700.

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>Shooting sports

New Years Day Sporting Clay Shoot, Tonawandas Sportsmen's Club, 5657 Killian Road, North Tonawanda, begins at 10 a.m. Call 692-2161.

Allied Sportsmen of WNY 2006 Informal Pistol League, 12846 Clinton St., Alden, begins Jan. 4, shooting 7-9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. Call Joe Maier (474-0460).

Holland Rod & Gun Club Wobble and Straight Practice Trap Shooting, 6-8 p.m., Mondays; 5-Man Team 300-Bird Wobble League begins Jan. 9. Call Bruce Meyers (695-5969).

Alden Rod & Gun Club Winter Trap League, 12 County Line Road, starts Jan. 15, with sign-ups 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every other Sunday until March 26. Call Tom Ess (685-1718).

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

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>Certification classes

Pistol

To schedule an appointment for a pistol permit class, call: Buffalo Gun Center, 833-2581; Den's Gun Shop, 675-9621; Easy Aim, 668-7875; Jim Carr, 778-9431; T. J. & M., 626-4953; Ronald Meegan, 875-4547; or A Best, 681-2248.

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>Shows/seminars

Paths, Peaks and Paddles Introduction to Kayaking class, UB Alumni Pool (North Campus), 7-10 p.m., Jan. 6. Call 213-0350.

Erie County Trappers Association NYS Region 9 Fur Auction, check-in, 8 a.m. and auction, 10 a.m., including a free fur-handling seminar. Call 337-2556 or 592-2404.

Bass Pro Shop Classes, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn: "Varmint Hunting Outdoor Skills Workshops," 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Jan. 7.; and "White River 6-week Basic Fly Tying Classes," beginning Jan. 9. To register, call (315) 258-2717.

Iroquois Arms Collectors Association of WNY 2-Day Gun Shows, AMVETS Post No. 26, Ward Road, North Tonawanda, Jan. 14-15 and Feb. 11-12. Call 285-6768.

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>Banquets/fund-raisers

Southtowns Walleye Association Banquet, Lucarelli's Banquet Center, Feb. 18, call 825-7619; Wild Game Dinner to Benefit Spina Bifida, 3-F Conservation Society, Lewiston, Feb. 19, call 773-6114; Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Awards Banquet, Father Justin's Hall, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga, March 4, call 655-0975; WNY Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Father Justin's Hall, March 25, call (585) 535-7218; Trout Unlimited Annual Banquet, Ripa's Restaurant, Lancaster, March 25. Call 875-4754; Niagara Musky Association, Father Justin's Hall, April 8, call 870-7756.

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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., "An Environmental Christmas," today and "Tanglewood Trail Hike," next Sunday. "Beaver Meadow Mid Week -- Life in the Longhouse," 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wednesday; "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," 9 a.m., Saturday; "Saturday Family Walks," 3 p.m., Saturday. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or e-mail: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Open for group nature programs, tours, workshops by reservation only. For information, call 896-5200, ext. 338.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 77 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga. Public guided tours 10 a.m., Wednesday and Saturday; Lily Pond Loop and State Symbols Self-Guided trails, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. For all program information, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "A Tree in the Forest," 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Fort Niagara State Park. To register, call 745-7848.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: Zoar hike, Saturday, call 532-2645; and Akron Village hike, 12:30 p.m., next Sunday, call 689-0495.

For all Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club events, call 564-2406 or 648-9027.

Hamburg Natural History Society Events: "Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing/Nature Walk at Penn Dixie Site," 10 a.m. Tuesday and Saturday, call 627-4560.

Buffalo Ornithological Society gatherings: "Annual Holiday Celebration," Buffalo Museum of Science Cummings Room, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday; "Beaver Meadow Christmas Bird Count," Saturday, call (585) 457-3228: St. Bonaventure CBC, call 925-7109; "Buffalo Bird Count," next Sunday, call 674-5781; and Jamestown CBC, next Sunday, call 484-2197.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Program: "Crepuscular Series -- Last Full Moon of Autumn," 3:30 p.m., Thursday; and "Annual Letchworth-Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count," Saturday. 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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