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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

Niagara River Anglers Association, LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, 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, Nike Base, Grand Island, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 826-0361.

Buffalo Ornithological Society, Buffalo Museum of Science Cummings Room, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Heidi Kennedy will discuss "Marsh Bird Monitoring in NYS." Call 695-2820.

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, West Falls Conservation Club, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Call 675-0057.

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>Archery

Hawkeye Bowmen 30-Target 3-D Archery Shoot, 13300 Clinton St. (Route 354), Marilla, 7 a.m. - noon Saturday and Sunday. Call 684-0498 or 684-2280.

Niagara Region Winter Outdoor 3-D League: Active Bow Hunters, Holland, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., next Sunday. Call John Peters (585) 496-5819.

WNY Winter 3-D Archery League Shoot: Glen Coe Conservation Club, next Sunday. Call Mike Maloy (941-6379).

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

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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 Spring Skeet League, 3434 Hickox Road, Saturdays, call 648-2236; Teen Shooting Academy Shooting Class, Tuesdays in April, call Bob Church (592-7211).

Elma Conservation Club Spring Trap League, 6 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays staring April 4; Stand Shooting, Mondays beginning April 17. Call 652-3414.
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>Certification classes

*Hunter

Bass Pro Shops Sportsman's Center, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, 6 p.m., Wednesday and Friday and noon, Sunday. Call (315) 258-2700.

Ellicottville Sportsmen's Club, 6-9:30 p.m., Thursday and 8 a.m. Saturday. Call 699-2702, 557-2490 or 699-4785.

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

Gander Mountain, Youngs Road, Town of Tonawanda, 5-9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday. Register at store.

Springville Field & Stream, Chase Road off White Street, 8 a.m. - noon Saturday and April 1 and 6-9 p.m. April 3. Register at first class.

Rushford Lake Conservation Club, 6-9:15 p.m., March 27, 28 and 30, and 9 a.m., April 1. Call (585) 437-2634.

Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Department, 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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*Bow

Tonawanda City School, 150 Hind St., 6-9:30 p.m., April 4, 6 and 11. Call 695-5501.

Hawkeye Bowmen, Alden, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., April 8, call 685-1814 or 685-5324.

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*Pistol

Jim Carr Pistol Permit Class, Gander Mountain Lodge, 6 p.m., March 28 Call 743-2300.

Bass Pro Shops Sportsman's Center, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, 6-9 p.m., March 28. Call (315) 498-6046.

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

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>Shows/seminars

Niagara Frontier Collectors Gun Show: Knights of Columbus Hall, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., today. Call 542-9929 or (800) 225-7338 or go to: www.nfcshows.com.

John Sanders, of Sanders' Fishing Guides, will be at the Dick's Sporting Goods Store in Amherst from noon to 2 p.m. today to sign guides.

Elise Able, noted wild canine expert, will discuss "Eastern Coyotes Facts" at the Erie County SPCA Auditorium, Ensminger Road, Town of Tonawanda, 7 p.m., Wednesday. For reservations, call 592-1861.

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

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

Buffalo Boat Show, Erie County Fairgrounds Agri-Center Building, March 30-April 2. Free parking and admission. Go to: www.eriepromoandexpo.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

Tri-County Kingdom Archers Sportsmen's Dinner, Pioneer Christian Fellowship Church, Arcade, 6 p.m., Thursday. Call 681-3124.

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

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

Niagara Frontier Friends of NRA Banquet, Samuel's Grand Manor, Clarence, Saturday. 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. Saturday. Call 778-7563, (585) 659-8130, or (585) 489-5245.

Evans Rod & Gun Club Fund-raiser, Cain Road, Town of Evans, 1 p.m., Saturday, $5, under 12 free. 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. Call John Butcher (433-1014).

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, "Mapling Through History," 3 p.m., today and "Stories of the Iroquois," next Sunday; "Maple Sugaring Saturday," 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday; and "Saturday Family Walks," 3 p.m.; Iroquois Observations Program on Saturday: "Scope Watch at Cayuga Pool," 2-5 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. "Reason for the Season -- First Day of Spring," 6:30 p.m., Monday. Call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Kid's Day at the Beach," 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Woodlawn Beach State Park. Call 826-8895.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Zoo to Marina Adventure," 9:30 a.m., Saturday, call 823-8156; and "Niagara Falls, " 10 a.m., next Sunday, call 693-2274.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Events. Call 564-2406 or 648-9027.

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society Field Trip: Cleveland Botanical Garden, Saturday and Sunday. Call 835-6042.

Buffalo Ornithological Society Field Trip: "Lake Ontario Plain," 8 a.m., Saturday. Call 751-3637.

Hamburg Natural History Society Programs: "Seaway Trails' Lighthouses and Shipwreck Stories of Lake Ontario," 7 p.m., Wednesday and "Volunteer Training Session," 8:30 a.m. - noon, Saturday. Both held at Gateway Executive Office Auditorium, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell. Call 627-4560.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Program: "Big Flats Trail Trek," 10 a.m., Thursday; "Search for Hidden Creatures," 10 a.m., Saturday; and "Signs of Spring Walk," 1 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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