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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

Niagara Musky Association, Knights of Columbus, City of Tonawanda, 7 p.m., Tuesday. A Musky Roundtable chat session. Call 632-5024.

New York Walleye Association, American Legion Post No. 1041, 533 Amherst St. 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 875-8148.

Lake Erie Chapter of Federation of Fly Fishers, East Seneca Hose Co., 100 Lein Road, West Seneca, fly tying, 6 p.m. and meeting, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 997-6919.

Central and WNY Chapter of Safari Club International, Michael's Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Gerald Rightmeyer will discuss "A Kansas record buck and what to look for in a hunting guide." Call 741-9098.

Gerry will talk on a hunt in Kansas in November 2006 where he took the No. 2 non-typical harvested deer in the state and the No. 23 all-time in Boone & Crockett records. He also will talk about what to look for in an outfitted hunt.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation, 1650 Bullis Road, Elma, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. Call 937-3271.

WNY Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club, Pendleton, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Call (585) 535-7218 or 634-4894.

Buffalo Geological Society, Parkside Lutheran Church, Wallace and Depew streets, 7:30 p.m., Friday. Auction of mineral specimens, fossils, and equipment, open to all. Call 881-3010.

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>Archery

Double T Archery Club Fifth Annual Cabin Fever Traditional 3-D Shoot, 1110 N. French Road, Amherst, Saturday and Sunday. Traditional gear only. Recurve bows will be available for all. A $10 fee covers all shooting, food, and beverages. For directions and details, call 693-0331.

Niagara Region Winter 2009 Archery League, LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, Niagara Falls, next Sunday. Call Tracy Neil (693-1629).

WNY Winter 2009 3-D Archery League, Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club, next Sunday. Call Jim Shutt (792-4825).

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>Certification classes

*Hunter

LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, 2445 Tuscarora Road, Niagara Falls, registration at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Classes: 6:30-10:30 p.m., March 11, 18, and 25. Call 297-0410.

Fraternal Order of Elks, Lodge 491, 209 West State St., Olean, 6-9:30 p.m., March 9, 10, and 12. Call 372-0789.

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*Boating

Maryvale Community Education Personal Water Craft Boating Safety Course, Maryvale High School, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. Call 635-4666.

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>Shows/seminars

Gander Mountain Outdoor Education Series: "Lake Ontario Spring Trout and Salmon," Capt. Mike Johannes, 7 p.m., Tuesday; "Spring Trout and Salmon on the Niagara Bar and the Lower Niagara River," Capt. Frank Campbell, 7 p.m., Wednesday; "Fly Tying Workshop Covering Bead Heads," Jim Guida, 7 p.m., Friday; and "Walleye Fishing on Lake Erie and Chautauqua Lake," Capt. Fred Forsythe, noon, Saturday. Call 743-2300 or visit gandermountain.com.

14th Annual Rochester Sportsmen's Show, Dome Center, Monroe County Fairgrounds, Henrietta, 3-9 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For directions go to osegshows.org.

Bass Pro Shops Winter Fishing Outdoors Seminar, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, "Oneida Lake Walleyes, Weeds, and Nightcast," Capt. Tony Buffa, 11a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday. For details, call (315) 258-2700 or go to bassproshops.com.

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>Banquets/fundraisers

Tri-County Kingdom Archery Eighth Annual Sportsmen's Dinner, Pioneer Christian Fellowship, 303 Route 39 West, Arcade, 6 p.m., Friday. Call Ben Heckathorn (492-2734).

Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs, 3-F Club, 904 Swann Road, Youngstown, 5:30 p.m., social hour, and 6:30 p.m., dinner, March 14. Make reservations by Saturday. Call Matt Zarnowsky (772-5150).

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>Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," 9 a.m., Saturday; "Maple Sugar Saturday," 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday; "Your Diet and the Environment," "Girl Scout Weather Watch Badge Workshop," 1-4 p.m., next Sunday; and "Sunday Family Walks," 2 p.m. Call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or e-mail: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: "Signs of Spring," 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday. To register, call 896-5200, ext. 338. Hiking trails open dawn to dusk, Visitor Center open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sundays; guided nature tours, 2 p.m., Sundays. Call 825-6397.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: "Summer Adventure-Camp Rushford Environmental Summer Camp," 6:30 p.m., Wednesday; "After School Escape (for K-fifth grade)," 4 p.m., Thursday; "Family Snowshoe Walk," 10:30 a.m., Saturday; and "Basic Human Survival Skills," 1:30 p.m., Saturday. Registration required for all programs; no reservations needed for public guided tours at 10 a.m. Saturdays and for self-guided trails, 9 a.m.-5 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 Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club events: "Fourth Annual Pancakes Hike/Snowshoe," 8 a.m., Tuesday, call 685-2183; "Delaware Park Snowshoe/Hike," Saturday, for time and place, call 418-0365; and "Letchworth Branch Hike," next Sunday, for details, call 685-2183. For club and outings info see adk-nfc.org.

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Fourth Annual Pancakes and More Snowshoe/Hike," 8 a.m., Tuesday, call 685-2183; "Margaret Louise Park-East Amherst," 11:15 a.m., Wednesday, call 836-4270; "Delaware Park Snowshoe/Hike," Saturday, for time call 852-3090; and "Letchworth Branch Trail Snowshoe/Hike," next Sunday, for location and time, call 685-2183.

Hamburg Natural History Society Event: "Astronomy Program at Penn Dixie Site," 6 p.m., Saturday. Call 627-4560 or visit penndixie.org.

Paths, Peaks and Paddles Outing: "An Almost Full Moon Snowshoe Hike," Erie County Forest, Sardinia, 5-8 p.m., next Sunday. For reservations, call 213-0350 or go to pathspeakspaddles.com.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Sycamore Trail Trek," 10 a.m., Thursday; and "Fiddler's Elbow Trek," 10 a.m., Saturday. 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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