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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

> Meetings

WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, fly tying 6 p.m., meeting 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. A presentation from Casting for Recovery on fly-fishing retreats for women who have or who have had breast cancer. Call 695-1003.

Genesee County Federation Sportsmen's Clubs, Oatka Fish and Game Club, 7 p.m., Tuesday. Call (585) 768-6278.

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Evans Rod & Gun Club, 864 Cain Road, 7 p.m., Thursday. All area sportsmen welcome. Call 440-6995.

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> Archery

Active Bowhunters IBO Qualifier, 3 Valley Resort, Route 16, Holland, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday and May 1. Shoot in advance of the World Championships held at Ellicottville in August. Crossbow shooters welcome. Awards, food, door prizes. Call John Peters at (585) 496-5819.

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> Shooting sports

Ten-X Shooting Club, 853 Ransom Road, Lancaster, opens its outdoors range at 7 p.m. Thursday, weather permitting. Call 316-6119.

Southtowns Ducks Unlimited Sporting Clay and Fun Shoot, Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, Hickox Road, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. Call 674-3075.

Scholastic Clay Target Program, youths in grade 12 and younger can sign on in advance of state championships June 12. Two programs are available: Barrie Sportsmen's Club, call Chris Rice at (585) 590-6282; or Doug Thompson at North Forest Rod & Gun Club in Lockport (433-0747).

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> Certification classes

Hunting

Eden-North Collins Rod & Gun Club, 2404 Sandrock Road, 6-10 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Call 992-4866.

Olean Rod & Gun Club, 2023 Wayman Branch Road, 5:45-9 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday. Call (585) 268-7322 or (585) 593-0131.

Hartland Conservation Club, Orangeport Road, Gasport, 6-9:30 p.m., May 9, 11, and 13. Call 778-5288 after 4 p.m.

Holland Rod & Gun Club, Route 16, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., May 14, and 9 a.m.-done, May 21. Call 692-7660.

Archery

Mayville Conservation Club, Bloomer Road (off Route 394), 6-10 p.m., Friday, an 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. To pre-register e-mail: safeteach@hotmail.com.

His Way Archers, 31 Water St., Jamestown, 6-10 p.m., May 4, an 6-done, May 5. Register at first class.

Pistol

Security Weapons and Training Institute Class, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna: "8-Hour In-Service Class," 9 a.m., Thursday. Call 822-1043 or go to swatstore.com.

Jim Carr Classes: "Pistol Permit Class," A&K Gun Sales, Corfu, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, call 778-9431; and "Utah/Florida Concealed Carry Class," North Forest Rod & Gun Club, Lockport, 3 p.m. Saturday. Call 778-9431.

Boating

Niagara Scuba Center, 2105 Military Road, Niagara Falls, "NYS Safe Boating Personal Watercraft Class," 9 a.m.-5 p.m., May 1. Call Mike McCormick (316-8259).

"Learn to Kayak Certification Course," East Aurora High School, 1003 Center St., 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Call 687-2311 or go to eastauroraschools.org/adulteducation.

Waterfowl

Nick's Sporting Goods, 1211 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., May 7. Register at store.

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Shows/Seminars

Batavia Gun and Sportsman Show, Falletti Ice Arena, 22 Evans St., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., May 7 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 8, sponsored by Alabama Hunt Club, mothers free on Sunday. Exhibitor tables confirmed by mail, e-mail, or phone. Write to: Jim Penland, 14 Wilson Pkwy., Lockport, NY 14094; e-mail: jimpenland@verizon.net; or call 434-6535.

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Banquets

Somerset Conservation Club Spring Chicken BBQ, Johnson Creek Road, eat in, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., pick up by 1:30 p.m., Saturday.

21st Annual WNY Chapter of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, West Valley Fire Hall, Route 240, 4 p.m., Saturday. For details on the Super Raffle and reservations, call 699-2525.

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Honor roll

Affiliate clubs in the Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs presented awards to the following honorees during its Fourth Annual Harry Probst Memorial Dinner at Lakewood Rod & Gun Club: Big Tree Rod & Gun Club, Nick Caron, 15, Outstanding Shooter; Falconer Rod & Gun Club, Randy Ulrich, Sportsman, and Morgan Dorman, 13, Junior Sportswoman; Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, Don Long, Conservationist; Westfield Fish and Game Howard D. Peters Award, Al Cole; Chautauqua County Sportsmen, Gary Dudek, Conservationist; and Ellery Rod & Gun Club, Club of the Year.

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Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: Iroquois Observation Program "Spring into Nature," 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday at the Refuge Office and at Cayuga Pool; and "Sunday Family Walks," 2 p.m., next Sunday. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10), or email: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activity: "Trek Tifft-Guided Tour of the Preserve," 2-3:30 p.m., May 1. For all TNP programs, call 825-6397 (ext. 338).

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: "After School Escape (for grades K-5)," 4:30 p.m., Thursday; and "Trees of Reinstein Woods," 10:30 a.m., Saturday. Registration required; 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: "State Parks Bear Display, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Open House," Visitor Center, 1101 Casey Road, Basom, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, call (585) 948-5445, ext. 200.

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

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Ellicott Creek Bike Trail Saunter," 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 835-9728; "Evening City Walk-Good Cardio Workout," 6 p.m., Tuesday, call 852-3090; "Como Park," 10 a.m., Saturday, call 681-7192; and "Finger Lakes Trail-Rice Road to Rushford," 10 a.m., Saturday, call 543-7591.

Buffalo Ornithological Society Event: Vaughn Lecture, Scott Weidensaul will discuss "Of a Feather: A (Brief) History of American Birding," Buffalo Museum of Science Auditorium, 1020 Humboldt Pkwy., 7 p.m., Wednesday.

Hamburg Nature History Society Event: "Birds of Prey in Western New York," by Marianne Hites and Judy Seiler of Messenger Woods at Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell, 7 p.m., Wednesday. No pre-registration required. Call 627-4560.

Paths, Peaks, and Paddles Event: "Free Hobie Fishing Demo," Wilson Tuscarora State Park, Wilson, 2-8 p.m., Thursday. Call 213-0350 or go to pppinfo@pathspeakespaddles.com.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Morning Bird Walk-Bluebird Trail," 8 a.m., Thursday; "Wildflower Walk-Featuring Fiddleheads," 1 p.m., Thursday; "Arbor Day-Tree Planting Ceremony at Glen Iris Area," 10:30 a.m., Friday; "Tree Walk-Glen Iris Area," 11 a.m., Thursday; "Springtime Walk-Birch Trail," 1 p.m., Saturday; and "Springtime Walk-Lee's Landing Trail," 10 a.m., May 1. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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