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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 begins at 6 p.m., meeting at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 695-1003.

Genesee County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Oatka Fish and Game Club, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call (585) 768-6278.

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>Archery

Winter leagues and shoots will soon be forming. Big-game bow season for the Western New York area began Oct. 15 and many groups will be forming leagues individual and team shoots immediately after hunting seasons end. To post your organization's shooting schedules, email details to: odrswill@gmail.com.

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>Shooting sports

WNY Practical Pistol League September Match Results: Open Match Winner, Derek Zmozynski; Limited-10, Jeff Jackling; Limited, Robbin Hudson; Production, Luis Santos; and Single Stack, David Pribek.

The October match (Outdoor Range) is Oct. 30 at Tonawanda Sportsman's Club, Killian Road, Pendleton. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Call Jim Rusert (812-9582) or go to wnyppl.org.

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>Certification classes

*Hunting

Little Ridge Archery, 8862 Ridge Rd., Gasport, 7-9 p.m., Monday, and 6-10 p.m., Wednesday and Friday. Call 772-7598, 6-8 p.m.

Olean Rod & Gun Club, 2023 Wayman Branch Rd., 5:40-9:30 p.m., Nov. 8 and 11, and 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Nov. 12. Call (585) 268-7322 or (585) 593-0131.

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*Pistol

Security Weapons and Training Institute, 6659 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, "Pistol Permit Class," 6 p.m., Tuesday, call 822-1043.

Firearms Training of WNY "Utah/Florida Conceal Carry Pistol Class," Old Sarge's Drop Zone, 400-402 Central Ave., Dunkirk, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday. Call 903-2558 or go to info@ftwny.com.

Jim Carr Classes: "Utah/Florida Conceal Carry Class," Calvary Baptist Church 3515 Galloway Rd. Batavia, 9 a.m., Saturday; and "Pistol Permit Class," Orvis Buffalo, Eastern Hills Mall, Williamsville, 10:30 a.m., Nov. 5. Call 778-9431.

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>Shows/Seminars

U.S. Power Squadron "Basic Weather and Forecasting" Seminar, Smith Boys, 280 Michigan St., Tonawanda, 9-11 a.m., Saturday. Call Tom Shuell, 283-0457.

Niagara Frontier Collectors Show, Frewsburg Fireman's Rec Hall, 22 Hazzard St., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 30. Call 542-9929 or go to nfcshows.com.

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>Banquets

Penn Dixie Site 16th Annual Fund Raiser, Romanello's South, 5793 South Park Ave., Hamburg, 7-9 p.m., Nov. 3. All proceeds fund Penn Dixie programs. Call 627-4560.

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>Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java Events: "Owl Prowl at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge," 6:30 p.m., Saturday; and "Sunday Family Walks," 2 p.m., today and Oct. 30. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10), or email: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: "Nature's Circle: Beaver Builders (for ages 2-3)," 10:30-11:15 a.m., Monday; "Wellness Walk," 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday; "Trek Tifft," 2-3:30 p.m., Oct. 30; and "Bat-tastic! (for ages 3-5)," 9:30-11:30 a.m., Oct. 31. 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 "Outdoor Skills (for adults and kids ages 8 and older," 10:30 a.m., Saturday. For all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs: "Niagara Gorge Hiking Series-Scenic Overlooks," Niagara Falls State Park, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m., Saturday, call 282-5154; and "Halloween Spooktackular," New York Power Authority," 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, call 286-6661.

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: "Lancaster Heritage Trail Saunter," 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 902-5022; "Beaver Island State Park (including Spaulding Trail and East River Trail)," 10 a.m., Saturday, call 675-3989; and "Hunter Creek Park-Conservation Trail," 1 a.m., Oct. 30, call 652-6190 or (585) 457-9892.

Buffalo Orienteering Club Event: "Four Courses of Varying Difficulty," Sprague Brook Park, Glenwood. Register 10-11:45 a.m., today. Call 479-9431 or go to buffalo-orienteering.org.

Buffalo Ornithological Society Event: "Lake Ontario Plain Field Trip," Meet at 8 a.m. Saturday at Tops Market in Wright's Corners. Call 751-3637.

Paths Peaks, and Paddles Event: "Trick or Treat at Bond Lake," 6:15 p.m., Friday. Call 213-0350 or go to pathspeakspaddles.com.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Weekday Nature Walk-Old Woods of the Upper Canyon," 10 a.m., Thursday; "Finger Lakes Trail Hike-Mount Morris Canyon Section," 10 a.m., Saturday; "Big Tree Tour Part I," 10 a.m., Oct. 30; and "Indoor Ed-Venture -- Fruits, Nuts, and Seeds," 2 p.m., Oct. 30. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

Send items 15 days in advance to Will Elliott, 9777 Bernd Road, Pavilion, N.Y. 14525, or e-mail odrswill@gmail.com

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