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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

Western New York Chapter of Bassmasters, Gander Mountain Lodge, Town of Tonawanda, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Call 695-8717 or 743-2300.

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>Archery

Allied Sportsmen Annual Hunter Warm-Up 3-D Shoot, 12846 Clinton St., Alden. Registrations, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., next Sunday, includes lunch, swap meet in the clubhouse, 15 hunt targets to 35 yards. Call 983-8544 or 472-4143.

West Falls Conservation Society Annual Hunt the Hills Raffle Shoot, 55 Bridge St. Registrations, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., next Sunday, includes breakfast and lunch, 20 stations, 30 targets to 35 yards. Call the clubhouse (652-4650) or Mike Cummings (655-5030).

Seventh Annual Chris Martin Field of Dreams 3-D Bow Shoot, Alexander Central Schools, next Sunday. Call Mike DeAngelo at (585) 409-7105.

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>Shooting sports

Boston Valley Conservation Society Fall Pistol League starts Thursday. Relays at 6, 7, and 8 p.m., a bull's-eye league, shooting at 25 yards, 10 weeks. Call Cliff Faulring (337-3555).

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

WNY Practical Pistol League August Results: Open (Match Winner), Mike Auger; Limited 10, Mike Burrell; Production, Dennis Beck; Limited, Jeff Hennard; and Single Stack, Derek Zmozynski.

WNYPPL September match, next Sunday, Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club, Pendleton, registration at 8:30 a.m. Call Jim Rusert (812-9582) or go to wnyppl.org.

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>Certification classes

*Hunter

Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, Hickox Road, 6-10 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Call 648-2236.

Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Call 778-9935 or 434-1563.

Millgrove Sportsmen and Alden Rod & Gun Club, County Line Road, 7-10 p.m., Tuesday, and 9 a.m.-done, Saturday. Call (585) 937-9536, (585) 599-6431, or (585) 939-7632 after 6 p.m.

South Dayton American Legion, 6:30-10 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Call 397-7459 or 988-5975 after 6 p.m.

Evans Rod & Gun Club, Cain Rd., Angola, 7-10 p.m., Wednesday, and 9 a.m.-done, Saturday. Call 549-8787, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, Mullett Street, Dunkirk, 5-10:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday. Register at first class.

Falconer Rod & Gun Club, Buffalo Street Extension, 6-10 p.m., Oct. 2, and 1-7 p.m., Oct. 3. Register at the club, 1-2 p.m., Saturday.

Perrysburg Fire Hall, Route 39, 6-10 p.m., Friday, and 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Call 337-2479 or 532-3289.

Falcon Sportsmen's Club, 2974 Turnpike Road, Auburn, 6-9:30 p.m., Oct. 6 and 8, and 9 a.m.-done, Oct. 10. Register at the club, noon-2 p.m., Saturday.

Bison City Rod & Gun Club, 511 Ohio St., 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, and 8 a.m.-done, Sunday. Register at first class.

East Aurora Fish and Game Club, Luther Road, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Call 652-0229.

Erie County Conservation Society, Miller Avenue, Holland, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, and 8 a.m.-done, Sunday. Call 627-9861.

Scio Rod & Gun Club, Vandermark Road, 6-9 p.m., Sept. 28 and 30 and Oct 1, and 8:30 a.m.-done, Oct. 3. Call (585) 593-1582 or (585) 973-7564.

Eden Fire Dept., Church St., 6-10 p.m., Sept. 29 and 30, and Oct. 1. Call 992-4866.

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*Archery

Richburg Rod & Gun Club, Route 275, 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Call (585) 928-1261, (585) 928-2230, or (585) 928-2723.

Doc's Archery, 908 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda, 6-10:30 p.m., Wednesday, and 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Call 693-2703, noon-8 p.m.

Mayville Conservation Club, Bloomer Road, 6-10 p.m., Friday, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Call 488-9532.

Troupsburg Fire Hall, Main Street, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday. Call (607) 525-6192).

Instructor's home, 3326 Hightop Road, Jasper, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Call (607) 792-9797.

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*Pistol

Jim Carr Pistol Permit Class, Freeman's Sport Shop, Akron, 6 p.m., Monday. Call 778-9431.

S&S Taxidermy, Route 219, Springville, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday. Call 592-2404.

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

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*Trapping

Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, Mullett Street, Dunkirk, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday. Register at first class.

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*Boating

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

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*Waterfowl identification

Lake Plains Waterfowl Association, 1000 Island Cottage Road, Greece, 6-10 p.m., Friday. Register in person at the Greece Town Clerk's Office, 1 Vince Toffany Blvd.

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>Shows/seminars

Niagara Frontier Gun Collectors Show, Expo Hall, Erie County Fairgrounds, Route 62, Hamburg, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday. Call 542-9929 or 569-6810 or go to nfcshows.com.

Chuck Booker "Fall Trout and Salmon Tactics on Local Tribs." Seminars: Gander Mountain Store, 300 Jay Scutti Blvd., Henrietta, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday; and Gander Mountain Lodge, Young Street, Town of Tonawanda, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday.

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>Banquets/fundraisers

Genesee County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited Annual Dinner, Sacred Heart Social Center, Batavia, 6 p.m., Sept. 30. Call (585) 343-6119.

SCOPE 44thy Annual 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: "Polar Bear Expedition-Plight of the Polar Bear," Molly Mariea, Buffalo Zoo, 1-3 p.m., Saturday; "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," 9 a.m., Saturday; "Observatory Public Viewing Night," Dusk-?, Saturday; and "Sunday Family Walks," 2-4 p.m. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or e-mail: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: "Nature's Circle: Leaves on the Loose (for ages 2-3)," 10:30-11:15 a.m., Tuesday. For registered programs, 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. For all TNP programs, call 825-6397.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Programs: "Mosquito Hawks," 10:30 a.m., Saturday: and "Morning Bird Walk," 9 a.m., next Sunday. Registration required for all programs; no reservations needed for public guided tours or self-guided trails. For all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Fall Fiber Festival," 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Knox Farm State Park, East Aurora, $4 admission (over age 8). Call 652-3237 or see KnoxFarmFiber.com.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club event: "Bicycle: North Grand Island Bridge to Devils' Hole State Park," for meeting time and place next Sunday, call 693-6832. Visit adk-nfc.org.

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Mystery Trip Saunter," 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 836-4270; "Trail Work South," Saturday, call 949-3295; "Conservation Trail: Getman Road to Genesee Road," 10 a.m., next Sunday, call 735-7302; or "Joe Davis State Park," 9:30 a.m., next Sunday, call 745-9149.

Buffalo Orienteering Club "Mini-Rogaine Courses at Holiday Valley," 90-minute, three-hour, and five-hour courses for casual and intense competitors, registration, 10:30-11:45 a.m., Saturday. Call 903-1180 or go to buffalo-orienteering.org.

Paths, Peaks, and Paddles "Finger Lakes Kayak Weekend Trip," Oct. 2-4. 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 5K 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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