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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

3-F Club, 904 Swann Road, Lewiston, 7 p.m., Tuesday. Call 791-3809.

Siberian Husky Club of the Niagara Frontier, Nike Base, Grand Island, 7 p.m., Tuesday. Go to: www.shcnf.com.

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. Tommy and Johnny Owzarczak will discuss their South Central Alaska fishing trip. Call 649-8202.

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>Archery

Can-Am Triple Crown IBO Qualifier, 3-Valley Resort, Route 16, Holland, Saturday and Sunday. Call John Peters, (585) 496-5819.

Doc's Archery Leagues, 908 Niagara Falls Blvd., (Wurlitzer Bldg.), North Tonawanda, Spring Youth Programs, with sessions available at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call 693-2703.

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>Shooting sports

Southtowns Ducks Unlimited 19th Annual Fun Shoot, Hamburg Rod and Gun Club, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. Call Ron Sheldon (822-4426 or 649-7817).

Evans Rod & Gun Club Spring Trap League, begins next Sunday, shooting at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and on Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m. Call 627-3583.

Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club ATA Shoot, registration begins at 9 a.m. next Sunday.

Allied Sportsmen 8-Week Spring Trap League starts April 23. Call Paul Nowacki (668-1367).

Sheridan Transit Rod & Gun Club Spring Trap League begins April 25. Call 316-1311.

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>Certification courses

*Hunting

Ellington Rod & Gun Club, Hagerdon Hill Road, 6-10:30 p.m., Friday and 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturday. Call 278-2120.

Somerset Conservation Club, Barker, 6-8 p.m., Friday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Call (585) 765-9633 evenings.

St. Johnsburg Fire Hall, Ward St., North Tonawanda, 5:30-9:30 p.m., April 23, 24, and 25. Register at first class. Call 778-9935.

Wood & Brook Sportsmen's Club, Route 33 ( 1/4 mile east of Crittenden Road, Alden, 7-10 p.m., Monday, and Friday, and 9 a.m. until done, Saturday. Register at first class.

Alden Rod & Gun Club, 6-10 p.m., Wednesday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday. Call 835-6822.

Wyoming Conservation Club, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday and Friday, and 9 a.m. until done, Saturday. Call 493-3225 after 6 p.m.

Elma Conservation Club, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday and 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday. Call 681-5690.

Ellery Rod & Gun Club, Pancake Hill, Bemus Point, 6-10 p.m., April 27 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m., April 28. Register at the club on Saturday.

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*Pistol

NRA Certified Pistol Permit Course, Maryvale High School, 6-10 p.m., Wednesday. Call Maryvale Community Education (635-4666).

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*Trapping

S&S Taxidermy, Route 219, Springville, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Call 592-2404.

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>Banquets/fundraisers

Boston Valley Conservation Society BBQ and Gun Raffle, 9625 Zimmerman Road, 1-6 p.m., today. Call 892-1975.

NYS Correction Officers Hunt of A Lifetime Shootout in Memory of Alan Wojtkowiak, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Mayville Conservation Club. Call Mike Nasal (965-2307).

Seneca Chapter of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 15th Annual Fundraising Banquet, Big Flats American Legion, 5:30 p.m., Saturday. Call Rick Bell (607) 796-9093.

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>Shows/seminars

Little Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. Sportsmen's Show, Cattaraugus County Fair Grounds, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., today.

Millgrove Sportsmen's Club Turkey Call Seminar, American Legion Hall, 13143 Broadway, Alden, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Nathan DeGroot of There's No End game calls, will discuss spring turkey hunting and demonstrate his hand-made turkey call named The Ruler. Call Dan Fix (585) 937-9284.

Gander Mountain Outdoor Education Series: "Introduction to Fly Fishing," Dave Whooten, 7 p.m., Tuesday; "How to Buy Land For Outdoor Recreation," Tim Conover, 7 p.m., Friday; and "The Four Cornerstones of Quality Deer Management," Ken Allein, 3 p.m., Saturday. Call 743-2300.

Bison City Rod & Gun Club Annual Hunting and Fishing Flea Market, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, tables available, first come, first served. Call Dick Hurd (825-6015 or 725-8805).

Batavia Gun and Sportsman Show, Batavia Downs, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., April 28 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., April 29. Free parking, more than 200 exhibitor tables. Call Jim Penland (434-6535).

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>Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: "Earth Day Festival," 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday; "Babes in the Woods(for ages 3-5)," 10-11:30 a.m., Wednesday; "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," 9 a.m., Saturday; Iroquois Observations Saturday programs ("Birding Field Trip," 9 a.m.-noon; "Scope Watch," 1-5 p.m.; "Hands-On Photographing Nature at the Refuge," 1-2:30 p.m.; and "Nature Walk at Swallow Hollow," 3-4 p.m.); Sunday Family Walks and Talks, 2 p.m. Call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or e-mail: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. events: "Tails and Trails-Free Outing," 2 p.m., every Sunday; hiking trails open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays; "Guided Wellness Walks,"10 a.m.-noon, Thursdays. Call 825-6397.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: National Environmental Education Week at RWNP events: "Owl Prowl," 7:30 a.m., Tuesday; " 'An Inconvenient Truth' Screening," 7 p.m., Wednesday; "Trilling, Croaking and Honking-Oh My!" and "Earth Day Celebration," noon-4 p.m., Saturday. Advanced registration required for all programs; no reservations needed for Public Guided Tours at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Self-Guided Trails, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs: "Earth Day Tree Planting," 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday; Beaver Island State Park. To register, call 826-8895.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Helping Hands Trail Crew-light Conservation Trail work," Tuesday, call 685-2183; and "Genesee Road to Bolton Road," next Sunday, call 627-7946.

Buffalo Ornithological Society Program: "Braddock Bay Trip to Hawk Watch," 7 a.m., next Sunday. Call Jim Pawlicki (636-3915) or e-mail: AnimalKid10@aol.com.

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society Field Trip: "Counterfeiters' Ledge in Akron," 1 p.m., next Sunday. Call Jim Battaglia (626-1950).

Hamburg Natural History Society Programs at the Penn Dixie Site on Saturday: "Earth Day Cleanup," 9 a.m.-noon; "National Astronomy Day viewings," 6:30 p.m., Saturday. Call 627-4560 or go to: www.penndixie.org.

Heartwood Wilderness Workshop, Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, Wales: "Good Medicine Bags," 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. Call 655-7622 or e-mail: deaheartwood@aol.com.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Friends of Letchworth-Trail Work Day," 10 a.m., Saturday; "Morning Bird Walk-Bluebird Trail," 8 a.m., next Sunday. Call (585) 493-3625.

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