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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, 6 p.m., fly-tying, 7:30 p.m., meeting, Tuesday. Jim Markham, DEC Senior Aquatic Biologist, will discuss "Area Cold-Water Fisheries Issues." Call 695-1003.

DEC Deer Management Public Meeting, Rush-Henrietta Senior High School, 1799 Lehigh Station Rd., Henrietta, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Thursday.

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>Archery

Wilson Conservation Club 20-Target Sunday Morning Open Shoot, 2394 Wilson Cambria Rd. (Route 425), 6 a.m.-1 p.m., next Sunday. Open to the public.

Erie County Conservation Society 3-D Fun Shoot, 13319 Miller Ave., Chaffee, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., next Sunday. Food and beverages available. Call Greg Gattie (560-9613).

Flying Arrow Archery Club Trophy Shoot, Ladue Road, Brockport, next Sunday. Call Bill MacGovern (585) 750-3383.

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>Shooting sports

WNY Outdoor Pistol League, Niagara County Club, 8 a.m., next Sunday. Call Bob Guyder (695-1725).

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>Certification classes

*Hunter

Grand Island Rod & Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Rd., 6-9:30 p.m., Wednesday, and Oct. 7 and 14. Call 773-3529.

Batavia Rod & Gun Club, East Bethany, 6-9 p.m., Thursday, 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, and 6-9 p.m., Oct. 5. Sign up at Batavia Marine and Sporting Goods, 411 West Main St.

Middlesex Conservation Club, South Hill Road, 6-10 p.m., Friday, and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday. Call (585) 554-3571.

Orchard Park Town Hall, 4295 South Buffalo Rd., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday. Register at first class.

Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4476 Lake Rd. (Route 78), Lockport, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Oct. 5-7. Call 778-9935 or 434-1563.

Jamestown Rifle Club, Busti-Stillwater Road, 1-7 p.m., Oct. 10, and 8 a.m.-noon, Oct. 11. Register at the club, 1-2 p.m., Saturday.

FF&S Rod & Gun Club, Route 98, Freedom, Home Study Course, field session, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 24. Pre-register by Oct. 6. Call (585) 437-2634.

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>Archery

Gander Mountain Store, Young Road, Town of Tonawanda, 6-10:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday. Register at store.

Lake Plains Waterfowl Association, 1000 Island Cottage Rd., Greece, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Register at Greece Town Clerk's Office, 1 Vince Toffany Blvd.

Nick's Sporting Goods, 1211 Kenmore Ave., 6-10:30 p.m., Thursday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday. Call 875-9218.

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

Cheshire Community Church, 4315 Route 21, South Canandaigua, 6-9 p.m., Friday, and 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday. Call (585) 394-6607.

Evans Rod & Gun Club, Cain Road, 8 a.m.-done, Saturday. Call 549-8787, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Lono Training Group, 5435 East Lake Rd., Honeoye, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Call (585) 394-6340.

Heritage Outdoor Sports, 1886 Melvin Hill Rd., Phelps, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday. Call (315) 878-6860.

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>Pistol

Jim Carr Pistol Permit Classes: NYS Pistol Permit Class, Gander Mountain Lodge, Town of Tonawanda, 6 p.m., Thursday, call 778-9431; and Utah Non-Resident Pistol Permit Class, Freeman's Sport Shop, Akron, 10 a.m., Saturday. Call 778-9431.

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>Trapping

Wood and Brook Sportsmen's Club, Route 33, Alden, 8 a.m.-done, Saturday. Call 683-0419.

Genesee Valley Trappers Association, Clubhouse, County Route 32, Honeoye, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday. Call (585) 394-3977.

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>Waterfowl identification

Sweet Home Middle School, 4150 Maple Rd., Amherst, 6-10 p.m., Wednesday. Before class, study the "Ducks at a Distance" booklet at npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/birds/ducksdist/index.htm. Register at the door.

Wyoming Valley Rod & Gun Club Waterfowl ID and Safety Course, club grounds, Java, 9 a.m., Sunday. Call 537-2464.

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>Shows/seminars

Niagara Frontier Collectors Alexander Charity Gun Show, Alexander Firemen's Rec Hall, Route 98 (one mile south of Route 20), 8 a.m.-3 p.m., next Sunday. Call 569-6810 or 542-9929 or go to nfcshows.com.

Third Annual Southern Tier Outdoor Recreation Exposition (STORE), 3 East Pulteney Square, Bath, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Call (607) 664-2300 or go to SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com.

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>Banquets/fundraisers

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

SCOPE 44th Annual Banquet, Lucarelli's Banquet Center, 1830 Abbott Rd., Lackawanna, 5:30 p.m., Friday. Guest speaker, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre. Call 566-9597 or go to SCOPEny.org.

Crows Nest Fishing Club Flea Market, Dodge and Campbell Rds., Getzville, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday. For directions and booth information, call John Kwiecinski (686-0259).

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>Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java Events: "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," 9 a.m., Saturday; "Earthly Cleaning," 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday; "Public Observatory 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: "Pint-Sized Naturalist -- Leaves on the Loose (for ages 4-5)," 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesday. For registered programs, 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. For all TNP programs, call 825-6397.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: "Children's Program (for grades K-5)," 4:30 p.m., Thursday; and "The Change to Fall," 10:30 a.m., Saturday. Registration required for all programs; no reservations needed for public guided tours or self-guided trails, which are now open sunrise to sunset daily. For all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs: "Twilight Full Moon," 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Woodlawn Beach State Park, call 826-8895; and "Full Moon with a Hoot (stroll and owl prowl)," 6:30-8:30 p.m., next Sunday, Beaver Island State Park, call 282-5154.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club events: "Evening Paddle: Amherst Veterans Canal Park," 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, e-mail: sendgossiptome@yahoo.com; "Seufert Road Fast Hike," 6:15 p.m., Wednesday, call 648-9027; "Eighteen Mile Creek, Hamburg," 9 a.m., next Sunday, call 649-6248. For all club and outings info, visit adk-nfc.org.

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Goat Island and Niagara Falls Saunter," 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 694-6555; "Finger Lakes Trail -- Irish Hill to Route 242," Saturday, call 675-3989; and "Chestnut Ridge Park," 1 p.m., next Sunday, call 823-2568.

Buffalo Orienteering Club, "Three-Course Meet for Competitors and Casual Hikers of all Ages," register, 10:30-11:45 a.m. for courses at 11-noon, Saturday, Schoellkopf Boy Scout Camp, Burroughs Road, Cowlesville. Call 832-9758 or go to buffalo-orienteering.org.

Hamburg Natural History Society Event: "Seventh Annual Scare-Assic Park Pirate Fest," Penn Dixie Site, 4-9 p.m., Saturday. Call 627-4560 or go to penndixie.org.

Paths, Peaks, and Paddles Class: "Introduction to Kayaking," Williamsville South High School Pool," 6-9 p.m., Oct. 7. Call 213-0350 or go to pathspeakspaddles.com.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Mushroom Walk," 10 a.m., Saturday. For a copy of all LSP Fall Interpretive Programs, stop by the park's Visitor Center or call (585) 493-3625.

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