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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

No clubs, organizations, or outdoors-related public agencies hold meetings during this holiday week. Here are meetings slated for next week:

New York Walleye Association, American Legion Niagara Frontier Post No. 1041, 533 Amherst St., 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3. Call 875-8148.

Niagara Musky Association, Knights of Columbus, 55 Main St., City of Tonawanda, 7 p.m. Jan. 3. Call 225-3816.

Central and WNY Chapter of Safari Club International, Michael's Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7 p.m. Jan. 4. Call 652-9460.

WNY Environmental Federation, Hoak's restaurant, S4100 Lakeshore Road, Hamburg, 1 p.m. Jan. 8; NYSDEC reports, Conservation Fund report, Fish & Wildlife Management report, Deer Search report, NYS Conservation Council report and county reports. All concerned about outdoors issues are welcome to attend. Call Dan Tone (655-0975).

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>Archery

West Falls Conservation Society Winter Indoor 3-D Archery League, 55 Bridge St., starts at 7 p.m. Jan. 6, continuing for 12 weeks. All archers welcome. For format and entry details, call 432-6035.

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>Shooting sports

Tonawanda Sportsman's Club Annual Spring Clays Hangover Shoot, at the newly remodeled shooting facility at 5657 Killian Road, Pendleton; sign-ups start at 9 a.m., shooting begins at 10 a.m., Jan. 1. For details, call the club at 692-2161 6-10 p.m. Wednesdays or 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays or Sundays.

Wood & Brook Sportsman's Club Doubles Trap Shoot, Alden, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every other Saturday starting Jan. 7 for six weeks. Call Bob Cox (542-2652).

Evans Rod & Gun Club Winter Trap League, Cain Road, begins Jan. 7; shooting Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Tuesdays 7-10 p.m. Call John Szewczyk, 627-3583).

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>Certification classes

*Hunting

La Salle Sportsmen's Club, 2445 Tuscarora Road, Niagara Falls, 6-10:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 5, 11, and 12. Call 297-0410 after 4 p.m.

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*Pistol

Firearms Training of WNY "NYS Pistol Classes for Residents of Erie, Niagara and Genesee Counties," the Northtown Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday; and American Legion Cadille Post, 752 East Market St., Niagara Falls, 6-9 p.m. Jan. 4. Call 903-2558 or go to info@ftwny.com.

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>Shows/Seminars

Erie County Trappers Association Free Fur Handling Seminar, Collins Conservation Club, Conger Road, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 7. ECTA will hold a fur auction at S&S Taxidermy in Springville Feb. 11. For directions and set-up information, call 337-2556.

Ray Marks Fly Fishing Class, J.T. Waugh School, Village of Angola, 8 sessions, 6:30 p.m. starting Jan. 25. For registration details, call 549-1977.

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>Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Center closed for the holiday today and next weekend. Next event: "Annual Old Growth Forest Hike at Beaver Meadow," 10 a.m.-noon Monday; and "Walk at Knox Farm State Park-Wildlife Birding in the Winter," 9 a.m. Jan. 7. All programs are by preregistration unless noted. For all programs, call (585) 457-3228, Ext. 10, or email: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: "Family Snow Stomp (for ages 3 and older)," 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday; "Wellness Walk," 10 a.m.-noon Thursday; and "Family Winter Wonderland Walk (for ages 3 and up)," 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday; and "Friday Winter Frolic (for ages 3 and older)," 10 a.m.-noon Friday. For all programs and registration details, call 825-6397, Ext. 338.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Programs: "Family Nighttime Snowshoe Walk," 6 p.m. Tuesday; "Winter Wildlife Snowshoe Walk," 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday; "Outdoor Adventure Club: Learn to Ski (for ages 10 and older)," 10 a.m. Thursday; and "After School Escape (for grades K-5, no registration required)," 4:30 p.m. Thursday. For registration details and all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs: "First Day Hike," Beaver Island State Park, 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 1; for details and registration, call 549-1050; and "First Day Hike," Niagara Falls State Park, 2-4 p.m. Jan. 1; for information and to register, call 282-5154.

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: "Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve Hike, Snowshoe, or Cross Country Ski," 10 a.m. Thursday; call 208-6319; "10th Annual Holland Ravines Snowshoe/Hike," 9 a.m. Saturday; call 685-2183; and "New Year's Day Hike or Snowshoe at Chestnut Ridge Park," 11 a.m. Jan. 1; call 648-9027.

Buffalo Ornithological Society Events: "Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.) Christmas Bird Count," Tuesday, call 751-3637; "Oak Orchard CBC" Wednesday, call (585) 721-8202; "Hamburg CBC," Saturday, call 284-5569; "Dunkirk-Fredonia CBC," Jan. 1, call 673-1627 or 672-2235; and "Port Colborne CBC," 8 a.m. Jan. 1, call (586) 441-8796. For all events and functions, go to buffaloornithologicalsociety.org.

Hamburg Natural History Society Event: "Penn Dixie Fossil Presentation at Explore and More Children's Museum in East Aurora," 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday; and "Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, or Nature Walk at Penn Dixie Site," 10 a.m. Friday. Call 655-5131 or 627-4560 or go to penndixie.org.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Program: "Wolf Creek Valley Trek," 10 a.m. Saturday; and "First Day Hikes -- Two levels," (meet at Trailside Lodge, 1 p.m. Jan. 1. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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