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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

Erie County Trappers Association, Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call 337-2556.

Wyoming/Genesee County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Louie's Lounge, Attica, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call (585) 591-0339.

Genesee County Chapter of SCOPE, Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Road, Batavia, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Call (585) 219-4296.

Erie County Chapter of Bassmasters, Nowak's Bark, 1458 Lovejoy St., 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Call 897-1200.

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society, Harlem Road Community Center, Harlem Road and Lincoln St., Snyder, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. David Daehnke will discuss "Landscaping the natural way: How to incorporate native species into your design."

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Springfield Field and Stream, 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Call 846-5448.

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>Archery

Hawkeye Bowmen Labor Day Shoot, 13300 Clinton St. (Route 354), Marilla, Registration, 7 a.m.-noon, Monday, kitchen opens at 6 a.m., all archery gear and skill levels welcome. Call Bob Doyle (585) 998-4857.

New York Field Archers and Bowhunters Funanza, Seneca Lake Duck Hunters, Saturday and Sunday. Call (315) 789-9577.

Sportsman Coon Hunters 3-D Shoot, Hopkins Road, Batavia, next Sunday. Call (585) 356-2163.

Wilson Conservation Club, Route 425, events: "Fifth Annual JDRF Shoot for the Cure 3-D Archery Shoot," kids under 12 free, registrations, 8 a.m.-noon, shoot-offs and awards, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Call 439-0612; and "20-Target 3-D Shoot," next Sunday morning, open to the public and food and drink available.

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>Shooting sports

WNY Outdoor Pistol League, Clarence Club at Ten-X Club, Lancaster, 8 a.m., Sept. 13. Call Bob Guyder (695-1725).

Allied Sportsmen Trap League began Aug. 24 (all skill levels). For late registration, call Paul Nowacki (353-2464).

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>Certification classes

*Hunting

Yeats Carlton Sportsman's Club, 12286 Lake Shore Road, Lyndonville, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday. Call (585) 765-1123.

Gander Mountain Store, Young Street, Town of Tonawanda, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., next Sunday, and 6 p.m., Sept. 14 and 16. Register in person at store.

Niagara Gun Range, 3355 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda, 6-9:30 p.m., Sept. 14, 15 and 17. Call 693-4000.

Hartland Conservation Club, Orangeport Road, Gasport, 6-9:30 p.m., Sept. 14, 16, and 18. Call 778-5288 after 4 p.m.

Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club, 5557 Killian Road, Pendleton, 7-10 p.m., Sept. 15, 17, and 22. Call 692-2161, 7-9 p.m.

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*Pistol

Security Weapons and Training Institute Pistol Permit Class, 695 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, 10 a.m. Saturday. Call 822-1043.

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*Archery

Gander Mountain Store, 300 Jay Scutti Blvd., Henrietta, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday. Register in person at store.

Hawkeye Bowmen, 13300 Clinton St. (Route 354), Marilla, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Call 633-5324 or 684-1120, after 5 p.m.

West Falls Conservation Society, 55 Bridge St., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday. Call 655-9131.

George Washington Club, 2805 Niagara St., Town of Tonawanda, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday. Call 627-9861.

Collins Conservation Club, Conger Road, 9 a.m.-done, next Sunday. Call 992-2002.

Erways, 4200 Willow Road, Wilson, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Sept. 14 and 15. Call 778-9935.

Evans Rod & Gun Club, Cain Road, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sept. 19. Call 549-8787.

Hamburg Recreational Dept. Home Study Course, 2982 Lake View Road, Register by Friday for class 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 26. Call 646-5145.

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>Trapping

Mike Koestler at The Gitz Shop, 3280 Grove St., Delevan, 8-a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 19. Call 492-0432.

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>Boating

Swiftwater Power Squadron Boating Course/Jet Ski Certification, five-week course, beginning Thursday, 7:15-9:30 p.m. at Elk's Lodge No. 860. Main Street, North Tonawanda. Call Ken Brown (692-2159) or John Dial (837-6511).

Personal Watercraft Boating Class, Maryvale Community Education, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. Call 635-4666.

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>Waterfowl identification

Sweet Home Middle School, 4150 Maple Road, Amherst, 6-10 p.m., Sept. 30. Register at class. Study "Ducks at a Distance" before class at npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/birds/duckdist/index.htm.

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>Shows/seminars

Niagara Falls Kennel Club Dog Show, Cambria Volunteer Fire Co. Main Hall, 4631 Cambria Wilson Road, Lockport, Thursday and Friday, rally and obedience; Saturday and Sunday, confirmation and agility. Call 795-2010.

Greater Olean Area Outdoor and Rec. Sports Show, William O. Smith Rec. Center, Olean, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday. Call 372-4433 or see oleanny.com.

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>Banquets/fundraisers

44th Annual SCOPE Banquet, Lucarelli's Banquet Center, 1830 Abbott Road, Lackawanna, 5:30 p.m., Oct. 2. Call 566-9597 or go to scopeny.org.

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>Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Events: "Homestead Festival," 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday; and "Sunday Family Walks," 2-4 p.m. Call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10.

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. "Capture Nature Through a Lens (ages 12 and up)," noon-2 p.m., Sept. 20. Call 896-5200, ext. 338; Hiking trails open dawn to dusk, Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. on Sundays; guided nature tours, 2 p.m. Sundays. Call 825-6397.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Programs: "After School Escape," 4:30 p.m., Thursday; and "Volunteer Tour Guide Training," 9 a.m., Saturday. Registration required for all programs; no reservations needed for public guided tours or self-guided trails. Call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs: "Lighthouses on the Seaway Trail," Woodlawn Beach State Park, 7-8:30 p.m., Friday. Call 826-8895.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club event: "Intro to Paddling the Lower Niagara River," Monday, call 695-3235. For all club and outings info, visit adk-nfc.org.

Buffalo Ornithological Society event: "Tifft Nature Preserve and Times Beach for Warblers and Shore Birds," 8 a.m. Saturday. Call 225-8055.

Buffalo Orienteering Club Event: "National Orienteering Day Learn and Practice Maps and Compasses," 11 a.m., Saturday, Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park. No pre-registration required. Call 479-9431 or go to buffalo-orienteering.org.

Buffalo Geological Society Annual Open Picnic, Elma Meadows, 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Call 881-3010.

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Letchworth Branch Trail," 10 a.m. Monday, call 648-9027; Margaret Louise Park Saunter," 10 a.m. Tuesday, call 691-6750; Two Saturday Alternatives: "Erie Canal Towpath-Albion to Medina," 10 a.m., call 434-4984; or "Sprague Brook Park," 9 a.m., call 648-9861; "Bond Lake Hike," 10 a.m. next Sunday, call 433-4546.

Paths, Peaks, and Paddles 1000 Islands Weekend Kayak Trip, Sept. 18-20. Call 213-0350 or go to pathspeakspaddles.com.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Geology Walk," 10 a.m., Monday; "How the Gorge was Formed: Story of the Park," 12:30 p.m. Monday; "Glen Iris Estate Walk," 2 p.m. Monday; "Upper St. Helena Hike," 10 a.m. Thursday; "Fern Walk," 2 p.m. Thursday; "Twelfth Annual Glen Iris Five K Run," 10 a.m., Saturday, call (585) 493-2622; "Nature Walk -- Genesee Valley Canal Trail Locks Section," 1 p.m. Saturday, "American Littoral Society Annual Beach Cleanup-Trout Pond," 10 a.m., next Sunday. Call (585) 493-3625.

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