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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

Pointing Dog Club of WNY, Gander Mountain Lodge, Town of Tonawanda, 7 p.m., Thursday. Call 743-2300.

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>Archery

Nick's Sporting Goods Youth Archery Program, 1212 Kenmore Ave., Saturdays to March 24. For registration details, call 875-9218.

Doc's Archery Programs in the Wurlitzer Building, 908 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda: Tuesday Night Target League begins on Jan. 2; Youth Program starts Jan. 6 with sessions at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Adult/Child Indoor Target League starts at 2 p.m. on Jan. 7.

West Falls Conservation Society 10-Week Winter Indoor Archery League, 55 Bridge St., begins 7 p.m., Jan. 5. Call 655-5030.

Alden Rod & Gun Club Indoor Archery League, 12 County Line Road, shoots every other Sunday starting Jan. 14 to March 25. Sign up each week 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call Jim Jozwiak (685-1718).

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>Shooting sports

West Falls Conservation Society Winter Trap League, 55 Bridge St., begins at 7 p.m., Jan. 3. Call 652-4650.

Allied Sportsmen of WNY Informal Pistol League, individual and team registration for shooting which starts Jan. 3. Call John Maier (474-0460).

Wyoming Valley Rod & Gun Club Winter Singles League shoots Fridays starting Jan. 5. Call Brian Euscvher (652-9049).

Alden Rod & Gun Club Winter Trap League, a 50-bird, handicap league beginning Jan. 14 and shooting each Sunday to March 25, sign-ups at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Tom Ess (937-6612).

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>Certification classes

*Hunter/gun

Scio Rod & Gun Club, Vandermark Road, 6-9 p.m., Jan. 8, 10 and 11 and 8:30 a.m. until done on Jan. 13. To register, call (585) 593-1582 or (585) 973-2810.

LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, 2445 Tuscarora Road, Niagara Falls, Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31. To register, call 297-0410 after 4 p.m.

*Pistol

To schedule an appointment for a pistol Permit Class, call: Ronald Meegan, 875-4547; Michael Repko, 652-0374; 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

PRO Gun Show, Westland Mall, Columbus, Ohio, Saturday and Sunday. Call Mike Duve, (614) 523-7767.

Rochester Gun Show, Empire State Arms Collectors Association, Dome Arena, Monroe County Fairgrounds (Route 15A and Calkins Road) Jan. 6-7.

Bass Pro Shops, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn Workshops and Classes: "Coyote Hunting Outdoor Skills Workshop," 1 and 3 p.m., Jan. 6; "Redhead Rack Scoring Workshop and Contest," 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Jan. 6-7; "Basic (six-week) Fly Tying Classes," Mondays 2-4 starting Jan. 8 and Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. starting Jan. 11. For complete details, go to: www.basspro.com or call (315) 258-2700, ext. 4043.

Iroquois Arms Collectors Association of WNY, AMVETS Post No. 26, Ward Road, North Tonawanda, Jan. 13-14. Call (585) 599-4284.

Niagara Frontier Collectors Gun Shows: Perry Hi-Way Hose Co., 8270 Peach St. (Route 19), Erie, Pa., Jan. 14; and Akron Fire Dept., 1 Main St., Jan. 20-21. Call (800) 225-7338, 542-9929 or go to: nfcshows.com.

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>Hiking / nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Events: Sunday Family Walks and Talks, 2 p.m.; "Old Woods Hike," 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m., Tuesday; and "Holiday Day Camp," 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or e-mail: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Programs: "Snowshoe Walk," 1 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Advanced registration required for all programs; no reservations needed for public guided tours at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and self-guided tours, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday. For more info, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs: "Winter Trails Day," 4-6 p.m., Jan. 6. Call 745-7848; and "Knox Farm Ski Tour," Knox Farm State Park, 10 a.m. - noon, Jan. 6. Call 826-8895.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Event: "Fifth Annual Holland Ravine Hike/Snowshoe," next Sunday. Call 685-2183.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Fifth Annual Holland Ravines Showshoe/Hike," 9 a.m., next Sunday. Call 685-2183.

Buffalo Ornithological Society Event: "Oak Orchard Christmas Bird Count," Wednesday, call (585) 937-5105; "Niagara Falls (Ont.-NY) Christmas Bird Count," Friday, call 751-3637; "Port Colborne Christmas Bird Count," 8 a.m., Saturday, call (800) 539-2329; "Hamburg-East Aurora Christmas Bird Count," Saturday, call 294-5569.

Heartwood's Winter Workshop: "Dutch Oven Cooking," Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, East Aurora, Jan. 7. Call 655-7622 or e-mail: deaheartwood@aol.com.

Paths, Peaks & Paddles Conservation Trail Tuesday Evening Walk, for times and site locations, call 213-0350 or go to: www.pathspeakspaddles.com.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Wolf Creek Valley Trek," 10 a.m., Saturday; "Novice Nature Ski Hike, 1 p.m., next Sunday; 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, 9777 Bernd Road, Pavilion, NY, 14525, or e-mail to willodrs@gmail.com

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