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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

NY Walleye Association, American Legion Niagara Frontier Post No. 1041, 533 Amherst St., 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. DEC senior aquatic biologist Don Einhouse will discuss proposed fishing regulations changes and Lake Erie issues. Call 897-1522.

Niagara Musky Association, Knights of Columbus Hall, 55 Main St., City of Tonawanda, 7 p.m., Tuesday. Call 627-7413.

Buffalo Ornithological Society, Buffalo Museum of Science, Cummings Room, 7 p.m., Wednesday. John Black will discuss "Birds and Weather." Call 695-2820.

Buffalo Nordic Ski Club, Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday.

WNY Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Gander Mountain Lodge, Town of Tonawanda, 7 p.m., Thursday. Call 743-2300 or (585) 535-7218.

Niagara County Sportsmen's Association, Bond Lake Park, 2505 Lower Mountain Road, Ransomville, 2 p.m., next Sunday. Call 731-4535.

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>Archery

WNY Winter 3-D Archery League Shoot: Collins Conservation Club, next Sunday. Call Chris Gerling (532-2457).

Niagara Region Winter Outdoor 3-D League: Wood 'N Brook Sportsmen's Club, Alden, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., next Sunday. Call Marty Handley (870-2653).

WNY Field Archers and Bow Hunters Indoor Shoot: Bison Archery Service, 2459 Seneca St., shooting lines at 8 and 11 a.m., and 2 p.m., next Sunday. Call 826-1102.

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>Shooting sports

Hartland Conservationists Club Winter Silhouette Shoot, 3606 Orangeport Road, Gasport, noon, Saturday and Feb. 18 and 25. Call 434-9774.

Hamburg Rod & Gun Club Doubles Trap League begins next Sunday; Spring Skeet League starts March 5. Call 648- 2236. HR&G Toronto Outdoor Show Excursion, 7 a.m., March 18. For reservations, call Rich Walton (649-4046).

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>Banquets/fundraisers

Southtowns Walleye Association Banquet, Lucarelli's Banquet Center, Feb. 18, call 825-7619.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 11th Annual Fundraising Banquet, Holiday Inn Lockport, 515 S. Transit Road, Feb. 25. Call 433-0966 or 625-8312 after 6 p.m.

Ducks Unlimited 25th Anniversary Dinner, Feb. 25, Woodlawn Fire Hall. Reservations by Feb. 19. Call 649-7817 or 674-2189.

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Awards Banquet, Father Justin's Hall, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga, March 4, call 655-0975

Western and Central New York Chapter of Safari Club International Annual Fundraiser Banquet, Michael's Banquet Center, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, March 11. Call 662-6965.

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 826-4178 or 839-1975.

Niagara Frontier Friends of NRA Banquet, Samuels Grand Manor, Clarence, March 25. Call 694-9425 or 433-7884.

WNY Chapter of Ruffed Grouse 28th fundraising Banquet, Salvatore's Italian Gardens, Depew, March 31. Call Dan Swiatek, 648-5084.

Niagara Musky Association, Father Justin's Hall, April 8, call 870-7756.

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>Certification classes

*Pistol

Jim Carr Pistol Permit Class, Gander Mountain Lodge, Town of Tonawanda, 6 p.m., Tuesday. Call 743-2300.

3-F Club Pistol Permit Class, 904 Swann Road, Lewiston, 6-10 p.m., Tuesday. Call 791-3809 or 282-0625.

UAW 686 Club Pistol Club Permit Class, Walnut & Vine streets, Lockport, 6-9 p.m., Thursday. Call 778-9935 or 434-1563.

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

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>Shows/seminars

Alexander Charity Gun Show, Alexander Firemen's Rec Hall, Route 98, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Today. Go to: www.nfcshows.com.

Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, State Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Pa., today to Sunday. Call (800) 511-8376 or go to: www.easternsportshow.com.

Bass Pro Shops Seminar: "Capt. Tony Buffa's Lake Ontario Outdoor Skills Workshop," 11 a.m., Saturday, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn. Call (315) 258-2700.

Iroquois Arms Collectors Association of WNY 2-Day Gun Show, AMVETS Post No. 26, Ward Road, North Tonawanda, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday. Call 285-6768.

Niagara Frontier Collectors Gun Show, WNY Event Centre, 11163 Main St., Clarence, Feb. 18-19. Call 542-9929 or (800) 225-7338 or go to: www.nfcshows.com.

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>Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Sunday Family Walks and Talks, "Life of a Groundhog," 3 p.m., today and "The Amorous Side of Wildlife," next Sunday; "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. "Cross Country Ski Tour," 10 a.m., Saturday. For all program information, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Snowshoe into the Night," 6-8 p.m., next Sunday, Fort Niagara State Park. To register, call 745-7848.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Letchworth Circle Route - Snowshoe/Hike," 9 a.m., Saturday, call 836-1166 or 833-5703; and "Erie County Forest - Snowshoe/Hike," next Sunday, call 648-9027.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Event: "Snowshoe/Hike Chestnut Ridge," Wednesday; "EMS Thursday Night Snowshoe," "Zoar Valley Winter Adventure," Saturday; and "Joint X-C Ski with Buffalo Nordic Ski Club - Byrncliff," next Sunday. Call 564-2406 or 648-9027.

Hamburg Natural History Society Event: "Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing/Nature Walk at Penn Dixie Site," 10 a.m. Tuesday; "Jerold C. Bastedo discusses Geology of WNY," Outdoor Education Center Auditorium, Gateway Executive Office, 7 p.m., Wednesday. 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.

Heartwood Workshop: "Constructing Snow Shelters," Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, East Aurora, 1-5 p.m., next Sunday. Call 655-7622 or go to: www.soloschools.com.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Program: "Gardeau Valley Trek," 10 a.m., Thursday; "Family Nature Walk - Big Trees," 10 a.m., Saturday; "Novice Nature Ski Hike - Trailside Lodge," 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; "Intermediate Nature Ski Hike," 2:30 p.m., Saturday; and "Winter Wonder Walk," 2:30 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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