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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

* Genesee County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Batavia Rod & Gun Club, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Call (585) 768-6278.

* WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. No speaker, a hotdog cook-in is planned. Call 695-1003.

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>Archery

* Niagara Frontier 2010 3-D Traveling League, North Forest Rod & Gun Club, Lockport, 3-7 p.m., Tuesday. Call Charlie Burt (433-0486 or 417-2544).

* Seven Nations 2010 3-D Archery Shoots: Archery Solutions, 6658 Melvin Hill Road, Williamson, July 11, call (315) 589-2804.

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>Shooting sports

* WNY Outdoor Pistol League, Clarence Club, 8 a.m., today, no matches during July 4 weekend. Next match, Pinecrest Club, July 11. Call Bob Guyder 695-1725.

* Olean Rod & Gun Club High Power Rifle Match Schedule: Program shoots for adults and junior shooters. Next match, 8:15 a.m., July 17. Call Charlie Jurenko (373-2357) or Gary Bobseine (257-3913).

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Certification classes

Hunting

* Grand Island Rod & Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, 6-9:30 p.m., July 12, 14, and 16, and 9 a.m.-done, July 20. Pre-register in person at the club and pick up a class book.

Archery

* LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, 2445 Tuscarora Road, Niagara Falls, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, 6:30-10 p.m., July 7, and 7-10 a.m., July 10. Register at first class. Call the club (297-0410) after 4 p.m.

Pistol

* On Target Tactics Pistol Permit Class, Frenchview Family Restaurant, 1340 French Road, South, Cheektowaga, 5 p.m., Monday. To pre-register, call 866-1290.

* Security and Weapons Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, Class: "Eight-Hour Pre-Assignment Class," 9 a.m., Thursday. Call 822-1043 or go to swatstore.com.

* Jim Carr Pistol Permit Class: "Utah and Florida Concealed Carry Class," Freeman's Sport Shop, Akron, 10 a.m., July 10. Call 778-9431.

* MDTS Training Classes: "Florida Pistol Permit Class," Niagara Gun Range, 3355 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda, 10 a.m., July 10; "Utah Pistol Permit Class," 2-6 p.m., July 10, and "Florida Pistol Permit Class," 6:30 p.m., July 10, Rochester area (location given to registered students); and "Florida Pistol Permit Class," Northern Chautauqua Rifle and Pistol Club, 3:30-7:30 p.m., July 11. Call (585) 303-7261 or go to mdtstraining.com.

Boating

* United States Coast Guard Auxiliary "Safe Boating and Jet Ski Requirement Class," McKinley Mall Community Room, Blasdell, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., July 10. Call Ron Moscato (681-3889).

Trapping

* Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, 6-10 p.m., July 19, and 7 a.m.-done, July 24. Call 681-5690 after Thursday.

Waterfowl ID

* Franklinville Conservation Club, Elm St., 6 p.m.-done, July 15. Call 925-7512 (7-9 p.m.)

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>Hiking/nature

* Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java: "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," 9 a.m., Saturday; "Annual Allenburg Bog Walk," Springville, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., July 10; and "Sunday Family Walks," 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.: "Tall Tails-Marking Paul Bunyan Day," 10 a.m., Monday. For this and other 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: "Walk at Knox Farm State Park-The Wild Side," 9 a.m., Saturday. 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: No programs Fourth of July week. For the summer schedule of regional park interpretive programs, call 282-5154 or 826-8895.

* Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club: For all extended weekend outings, upcoming gatherings, and all club and outings info, visit adk-nfc.org.

* Foothills Trail Club: "Tillman Wildlife Management Area Saunter," 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 759-6345 or 684-4449; "Como Park Mini-Hike," 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, call 601-7535; "Evening Riverwalk-River Road, Tonawanda," 6:30 p.m., Friday, call 833-3851; Finger Lakes Trail-Rushford Road to Rice Road," 9 a.m., Saturday, call 857-0265; and "Conservation Trail-Getman Road to Sumner Road," 9:30 a.m., next Sunday, call 433-4546.

* Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers: "EcoTours Paddle-Burning Up the Buffalo-Buffalo River (Harlem Road Fishing Access)," 7:30 a.m., Saturday, call 852-7483 or go to bnriverkeeper.org.

* Hamburg Natural History Society: "Big Toys, Trucks, and Bikes Event at Penn Dixie Site," 11 a.m.-4 p.m., today; "Astronomy Night at Penn Dixie," 8 p.m., July 10, and "Triple Trek Summer Day Camp (for ages 8-12)," July 12-16. Call 627-4560 or go to penndixie.org.

* Letchworth State Park Interpretive: "Brooks and Brambles-Gibsonville Road to Perry Gate," 10 a.m., Wednesday; "Animal Walk-Creek Critters," 1 p.m., Thursday; "Wildflower Walk," 10 a.m., Saturday; "Indoor Ed-Venture-Dragonflies," 2 p.m., Saturday; and "Animal Walk-Butterfly Beauties," 10 a.m., next Sunday. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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