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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call 655-1331.

Big Wheels Bicycle Club of Tonawanda Open House Membership Meeting, Zion United Church, Parker Blvd. and Koenig Circle, Town of Tonawanda, noon - 4 p.m. Saturday. Call 835-7160 or 773-0016.

Finger Lakes and WNY Waterfowl Association, DEC Region 8 Headquarters Bldg., East Avon, 10 a.m. next Sunday.

State of Lake Erie Meeting, Armor Fire Hall, 7 p.m. April 6. Call 645-3610.

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>Archery

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

WNY Winter 3-D Archery League Shoot-Off, Evans Rod & Gun Club, next Sunday. Call Ray Zylinski, Jr. (627-9048).

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

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>Shooting sports

Holland Rod & Gun Club ATA Registered Trap Singles, Doubles and Handicap Shoots, sign-ups 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and April 5, 12 and 26; Pig Roast League starts April 17. Call Bruce Meyers (695-5969).

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 Shotgun Class, Tuesdays in April, call Bob Church (592-7211).

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

Erie County Conservation Society Open Trapshooting, Holland, starts April 11. Call 537-3120.

Allied Sportsmen's Club Spring Trap League begins April 26. Call 668-1367.

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>Certification classes

*Hunter

Rushford Lake Conservation Club, 6-9:15 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. Saturday. Call (585) 437-2634.

Westfield Rod & Gun Club, 7-10 p.m. April 3 and 9 a.m. April 8. Call 326-3218.

Elma Conservation Club, 6-10 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 681-5690.

Hawkeye Bowmen, 13300 Clinton St., Marilla, 6-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 684-2377.

Wood & Brook Sportsman's Club, Route 33, Alden, 7-10 p.m. April 3 and 7 and 9 a.m. April 8. Register at first class.

Getzville Fire Hall, Amherst, April 5, 8 and 12. Call 759-7081.

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.

S&S Taxidermy, Springville, 6-10 p.m. April 7 and 9 a.m. April 8. Call 592-2404.

Franklinville Conservation Club, 6-10 p.m. April 7 and 10 a.m. April 8. Call 676-5630.

Erie County Conservation Society, Holland, 8 a.m. April 8 and 9. Call 826-1489.

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

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*Archery

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

Hawkeye Bowmen, Marilla, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. April 8, call 685-1814 or 633-5324.
Waterfoul

Erie County Conservation Society, Miller Ave., Holland, 8 a.m. April 8 and 9. Call 826-1489 or 807-5116.

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*Pistol

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

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

UAW Pistol Club, Walnut and Vine streets, Lockport, 6-9 p.m. April 13. 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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*Boating

Bass Pro Shops Sportsman's Center Boaters Safety Courses, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. April 8, 22, May 6 and 20. Call (315) 258-2700.

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*ATV

ATV Certification classes for minors, Saturday at Sardinia and Sunday at Dunkirk. Call (814) 449-0917.

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>Shows/seminars

Empire State Arms Collects Association Gun Show, Rochester Dome and Minet Hall, Saturday and Sunday. 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

1st Annual Harvest Wild Game Dinner, Niagara Falls Conference Center, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Call 278-2100.

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

Springville Strutters Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet, St. Al's Church Hall, Franklin St., Friday. Call 592-2388.

Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs, Lockport Holiday Inn, Saturday. Call John Butcher (433-1014).

Outdeer Gear and Team Fitzgerald Dinner and Seminar, Erie County Fairgrounds Creative Arts Bldg. 2 p.m. Saturday. For tickets, call 310-4646 or 864-9321.

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, "Stories of the Iroquois," 3 p.m. today and "A Coniferous Walk," next Sunday; "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," 9 a.m. Saturday; "Saturday Family Walks," 3 p.m. and Iroquois Observations Program on Saturday: "Birding Field Trip," 9 a.m. "Scope Watch," and "Focus on . . ." 1 p.m. "Sunset Goose Roost," 6 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. For all program information, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Underground Railroad Program and Trek," 7 - 9 p.m. Friday, DeVeaux Woods State Park. To register, call 745-7848.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Hike/Clean-Up - Hunter's Creek Park," 9:30 a.m. Saturday, call 689-0495; and "Grand Island," 10 a.m. next Sunday, call 745-9149.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Event: "Pat McGee Trail," Tuesday; "Catskills Weekend," Friday - Sunday; "Great Baehre Swamp Hike," Saturday; and Natureview Park Hike," next Sunday. Call 564-2406 or 648-9027.

Buffalo Ornithological Society Event: "Oak Orchard Swamps Field Trip," 8 a.m. next Sunday. Call (585) 937-5105.

Hamburg Natural History Society Programs: Penn Dixie Site Astronomy Program, 6 p.m. Saturday; and Exhibit at Buffalo Geological Show, Erie County Fairgrounds, Saturday and Sunday. Call 627-4560 or go to: www.penndixie.org.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Program: "Mount Morris Canyon East Trek," 10 a.m. Wednesday. 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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