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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

Erie County Conservation Society, Miller Ave., Town of Protection (Holland), 7:30 p.m., Monday. Call 537-9167.

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society, Harlem Road Community Center, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Wayne Gall will discuss "Bog Walking in WNY." Call 835-6042.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club, Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Hwy., 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 648-9027.

Niagara County Chapter of SCOPE, B. Leo Dolan American Legion Post No. 410, 43 Niagara St., Lockport, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. Call 772-2261.

Southtowns Walleye Association, Armor Fire Hall, 4932 Clark St., Hamburg, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Call 649-8202.

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>Archery

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: North Forest Rod & Gun Club, Lockport, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., next Sunday. Call Charlie Burt (443-0486).

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.

Allied Sportsmen's Club Indoor Archery League begins Thursday. Call 668-0174.

Hawkeye Bowmen 30-Target 3-D Archery Shoot, 13300 Clinton St., Marilla, March 25-26. Call 684-0498 or 684-2280.

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>Shooting sports

North Forest Rod & Gun Club Sporting Clays League, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport, shooting Saturday or Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to April 15. Call 778-8163.

Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, 3434 Hickox Road, Spring Skeet League, shoots Saturdays, call 648-2236; HR&G Toronto Outdoor Show Excursion, 7 a.m., Saturday. For reservations, call Rich Walton (649-4046).

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

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>Certification classes

*Hunter

West Falls Conservation Club, 7-10 p.m., March 24 and 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., March 26. Call 941-6499.

Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Dept., Hamburg, 6-10 p.m., April 4 and 6 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m., April 8. Call 627-9861.

Johnson's Country Store, Hamburg, 6-10 p.m., April 14, and 9 a.m., April 15. Call 646-5606.

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*Pistol

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

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>Boating

Hamburg Power Squadron Boating Class, Hamburg Middle School, four, 2-hour classes, 7-9 p.m., beginning Wednesday. Call Ed Eschner (655-1322).

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>Shows / seminars

Niagara Frontier Collectors Gun Shows: Knights of Columbus Hall, 2735 Union Rd., Cheektowaga, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday. Call 542-9929 or go to: www.nfcshows.com.

Toronto Sportsmen's Show, National Trade Center, Exhibition Place, Wednesday-Sunday. Go to: www.sportshows.ca.

Alden Rod & Gun Club Sportsman Swap Meet, 12 County Line Road, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. Call 937-6886.

Southtowns Dog Training Club Canine Stretching Seminar, 81 Buffalo St., Hamburg, next Sunday. Call (585) 535-7363.

Erie County Trappers Association Fur Skinning Demo, Elma Conservation Club, noon-5 p.m., March 25. Call 681-5690.

S&S Taxidermy 3rd Annual Outdoor Sportsman's Show, Springville, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., March 25. Call 592-2404 or go to: www.sstaxidermy.com.

Empire State Arms Collectors Association Gun Show, Rochester Dome and Minet Hall, April 1 and 2. Call (585) 334-5277.

Little Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. Sportsmen's Show, Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, April 8-9. For exhibitor info, call Jim Miller (938-6928).

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>Banquets / fund-raisers

Elks Head Hunting and Fishing Club Annual Rock & Roll Dance, Polish Falcons Club, Depew, 9 p.m.-1 p.m., Saturday. Call 681-3124.

WNY Chapter Trout Unlimited Annual Banquet, Ripa's Restaurant, Lancaster, March 25. Call 826-4178 or 839-1975.

WNY Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Father Justin's Hall, March 25, call Dave Whitt (754-2133).

Niagara Frontier Friends of NRA Banquet, Samuels Grand Manor, Clarence, March 25. Call Mike Bartoshevich (633-1265) or Dave McDonald (433-7884).

Gold Coast Deer Classic -- a fund-raiser for Mark Pierleoni, Miller Hose Fire Hall, Newfane, Spaghetti Dinner, 2-7:30 p.m., raffles and silent auction, 7:30 p.m., March 25. Call 778-7563, (585) 659-8130, or (585) 489-5245.

Evans Rod & Gun Club fund-raiser, Cain Road, Town of Evans, 1 p.m., March 25, $5, under 12 free. Call 627-3763.

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

Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs, Lockport Holiday Inn, April 1.

New York Bowhunters Banquet, Liverpool Holiday Inn, April 1. Call 283-2018.

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society Banquet, Central Station Banquet Complex, 8326 Main St., Clarence, 6 p.m., April 4. Call 632-0646.

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, "What's Bugging You," 3 p.m., today and "Mapling Through History," next Sunday; "Babes in the Woods -- Maple Sugaring," 10-11:30 a.m., Wednesday; "Saturday Family Walks," 3 p.m.; and "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," 9 a.m., Saturday. Iroquois Observations Program on Saturday: "Birding Field Trip," 9 a.m.; "Scope Watch," 1 p.m.; "Sunset Goose Roost," 6 p.m.; and "Owl Prowl," 7 p.m. For all BAS and IO 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. 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 Walk," 6:30 p.m., Tuesday. For all program information, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Basics of Electricity," 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Niagara Gorge Discovery Center. Call 745-7848.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Hike for Trail Assessment Day," 10 a.m., Saturday, call 735-7302; and "Stiglmeier Park," 10 a.m., next Sunday, call 832-1921.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Event: "EMS Thursday Night Snowshoe," Thursday. Call 564-2406 or 648-9027.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Program: "Full Moon Waterfalls Walk," 6 p.m., Tuesday; and "Search for Hidden Creatures," 10 a.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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