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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. Jim Markham, from the Lake Erie Unit, will discuss "The Salmonid Fishery." Call 655-1331.

Batavia Genesee Ducks Unlimited Chapter Planning Meeting, Bohn's Restaurant, 5256 Clinton St., Batavia, 6 p.m., Wednesday.

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Alden Rod & Gun Club, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Call 675-0057.

WNY Pointing Dog Club, Gander Mountain Lodge, Town of Tonawanda, 7 p.m., Thursday. Call 633-4309.

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>Archery

3-D Travel League Shoot at West Falls Conservation Club, 55 Bridge St, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., today. Call 655-5030.

Niagara Region 2007 Summer Archery League, Erie County Conservation Society, Miller Ave., Holland (Chaffee), next Sunday. Call Dan Fisher (680-2579).

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Shooting sports

WNY Outdoor Pistol League, no match on holiday weekend, next shoot in Clarence, July 8. Call Bob Guyder (695-1725).

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>Certification courses

*Hunting

Gander Mountain, 880 Youngs St., Town of Tonawanda, 5 p.m., Friday and 9 a.m., Saturday. Pre-registration required. Call 743-2300.

Clarence Town Park, Main St., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., July 14 and 15. Call Matt Morehouse (908-6272).

Wilson Conservation Club, 2934 Wilson-Cambria Road (Route 425), July 18, 20 and 22. Call Stan Culverwell (751-9848) evenings.

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*Archery

LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, 2445 Tuscarora Road, Niagara Falls, July 11, 18 and 21. Call 297-0410 after 4 p.m.

Nick's Sporting Goods, 1212 Kenmore Ave., 6 p.m., July 26 and 28. Call 875-9218.

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*Pistol

Jim Carr Pistol Permit Class, Gander Mountain Lodge, 10 a.m., Saturday. Call 743-2300.

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*Boating

Summer Safe Boating Courses at Bass Pro Shops, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, 6-10 p.m., Thursday and Friday, pre-registration required. Call (315) 258-2700 or go to: wwww.basspro.com.

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>Shows / seminars

Quality Deer Management Association Free Seminar, Sprague Brook Casino, Foote Road, Glenwood, doors open, 6:30 p.m., presentation, 7 p.m., Thursday. Ken Allein, wildlife technician, will discuss "Preparing, Planting, and Maintaining Quality Food Plots for Deer." Call 592-7700 or visit: www.shamelmilling.org.

Ohio Shows Gun Show, Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea, Ohio, July 7-8. Call (330) 539-4247.

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Hiking / nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: "Volunteer Day," 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday (Bring a lunch); and Sunday Family Walks and Talks, 2 p.m. For all BAS programs, 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. For all TNP programs, call 825-6397.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: "Full Moon Walk," 8 p.m., Friday. 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. Environmental Education Center hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and 1-4:30 p.m., Saturday. Call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Artpark Evening Hike," Artpark State Park, 7-9 p.m., Friday, call 745-7848; and "Hidden Trails of Evangola," Evangola State Park, 7-9 p.m., Saturday, call 826-8895.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Erie Basin Marina Saunter," 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 876-2721; "Wednesday Evening Mini-Chestnut Ridge Park," 6:30 p.m., call 823-2568; and "Work Party: Reynolds Road Section," 10 a.m., Saturday, call 759-6442.

Hamburg Natural History Society Penn Dixie Program: "Big Toys, Trucks, and Bikes Fundraiser," 11 a.m.-4 p.m., next Sunday. Big rigs, fire trucks, rescue boat, restored military vehicles and more, plus view sunspots and solar flares and collect fossils at the Penn Dixie Site. Call 627-4560 or visit: www.penndixie.org.

Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, 5067 Town Line Road, Delevan, open Sundays, 2-5 p.m. in June and July. Call 942-6835 or go to: www.gooseneckhillwatterfowlfarm.com.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Springtime Walk-Lee's Landing Trail," 10 a.m., Thursday; "Warbler Walk-Rare Species," 7 a.m., Saturday; and "Indoor Ed-Venture Butterfly Beauties," 2 p.m., Saturday. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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