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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

Orleans County Chapter of SCOPE, Lake Shore Gun Club, Lyndonville, 7 p.m. Monday. Call (585) 765-9122.

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society, Harlem Road Community Center, Snyder, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Dr. James Haynes will discuss "Flora and Fauna of the Galapagos Islands." Call 835-6042.

Erie County Chapter of SCOPE, Gander Mountain Lodge, Town of Tonawanda, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Call 941-6056, 825-4174 or 826-6310.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club, Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Hwy., Snyder, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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

Southtowns Walleye Association, Armor Fire Hall, 4932 Clark St., Hamburg, 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Call 825-7619.

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>Archery

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

WNY Winter 3-D Archery League Shoot: Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club, next Sunday. Call Jim Schutt (672-7564).

Niagara Region Winter Outdoor 3-D League: Wilson Conservation Club, Wilson, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. next Sunday. Call Shawn Galyen (751-9050).

Doc's Archery Saturday Morning Youth Program, Wurlitzer Bldg., 908 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda, for ages 6 to 17, equipment provided. Call 693-2703.

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>Shooting sports

Hamburg Rod & Gun Club Doubles Trap League begins today; 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).

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

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

Alden Rod & Gun Club Winter Trap League, 12 County Line Road, sign-ups 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every other Sunday until March 26. Call Tom Ess (937-6612).

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>Certification classes

*Pistol

Wheatfield Firearms Safety Education and Conservation Committee NYSS Pistol Permit Course, Wheatfield Community Center, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb, 21. Call 694-6441.

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

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>Boating

Buffalo Power Squadron 4-Week Safe Boating Class, Daemen College, Dun Scotus Hall, 4380 Main St., Amherst, 7-9 p.m. beginning March 2. Call 773-9194.
NYS Boaters Safety Course, Bass Pro Shops Sportsman's Center, Auburn, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. March. 4, $30 fee. Call (315) 258-2700.

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>Shows/seminars

Iroquois Arms Collectors Association of WNY Gun Show, AMVETS Post No. 26, Ward Roa., North Tonawanda, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. today. Call 285-6768.

Niagara Frontier Collectors Gun Show, WNY Event Centre, 11163 Main St., Clarence, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday. Call 542-9929 or (800) 225-7338 or go to: www.nfcshows.com.

Sonar/GPS Outdoor Skills Workshop, Bass Pro Shops Sportsman's Center, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, 11 a.m. Saturday. Call (315) 258-2700.

WNY Sport & Travel Expo, Erie County Fairgrounds, March 9-12. For show features, go to: www.sportandtravelexpo.com.

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>Banquets/fundraisers

Southtowns Walleye Association Banquet, Lucarelli's Banquet Center, 1830 Abbott Road, Lackawanna, Saturday, call 649-8202.

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, Woodlawn Fire Hall, Feb. 25. Call 649-7818 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 or go to: www.eriectyfsc.org.

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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>Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Sunday Family Walks and Talks, "The Amorous Side of Wildlife," 3 p.m. today and "Winter Birding," next Sunday; "Babes in the Woods (for ages 3-5)," 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday; "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," 9 a.m. Saturday; and "Saturday Family Walks," 3 p.m. 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. "Full Moon Cross Country Ski Tour," 6:30 p.m. Monday; and "Life Under the Ice," 1 p.m. Saturday. For all program information, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Animal Winter Survival," 10 a.m. - noon, Saturday, Niagara Gorge Discovery Center. To register, call 745-7848.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "X-X Ski - Knox Farm," 9 a.m. Saturday, call 652-7975; and "Allegany State Park - Snowshoe/Hike," 9 a.m. next Sunday, call 648-9027.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Events: "Mid Week Outing - Local Park or Trail," Wednesday; "EMS Thursday Night Snowshoe," "Allegany State Park - Snowshoe/Hike," next Sunday and "Chestnut Ridge Park - X-C Ski," 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. Saturday. Call 627-4560.

Heartwood Workshop: "Animal Tracking," Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, East Aurora, 1-4:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Call 655-7622 or e-mail: deaheartwood@aol.com.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Program: "Dishmill Creek Trek," 10 a.m. Wednesday; "Novice Nature Ski Hike," 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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