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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Donavan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, fly tying at 6 p.m., meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mike Wilkinson, DEC Region 9 senior aquatic biologist, will discuss "Lake Ontario and lower Niagara River Trout and Salmon Management." Call 695-1003.

Genesee County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Godfrey's Pond, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call (585) 768-6278.

DEC State of Lake Ontario Meetings: RIT Campus, Ingel Auditorium, Building 4 (Student Union), Rochester, 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesday; and Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport, 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday.

Buffalo Geological Society, Parkside Lutheran Church, Depew and Wallace streets, 7:30 p.m. Friday. Call 656-8475.

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>Archery

WNY 2012 Winter 3-D League, Collins Conservation Club, Conger Road, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 4, walk-on shooters always welcome. Call Mike Matala, 337-0126.

Niagara Region 2012 Winter 3-D League, Double T Archery Club, 1110 North French Road, Amherst, sunrise to 1 p.m. March 4. Call 834-4707.

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>Shooting sports

Niagara Frontier Pistol League, at home vs. Allied Sportsmen's Club, Ten-X Shooting Club, 853 Ransom Road, 7 p.m. Thursday. All pistol shooters invited to the club's indoor range. Call Peter Vasilion, 316-6119.

Sheridan Transit Rod and Gun Club 12 Week Spring Trap League, 551 Ransom Road, Grand Island, begins Wednesday, shooting Wednesdays and Fridays, 6-9:30 p.m. and Sundays, noon-3:30 p.m. Call 773-2622.

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>Certification classes

*Hunting

Fraternal Order of Elks Lodge 491, West State Street in Olean, 6-9:30 p.m. March 5, 6 and 8. Call 372-0789 evenings.

Lake Shore Firemen's Exempt, 4591 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, 6-10 p.m. March 6 and 8, and 9 a.m.-done, March 10. Call 992-4866.

Mount Morris Sportsmen's Club, 2887 Swanson Road, 6-9 p.m. March 7 and 9, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m., March 10. Call (585) 468-2766.

LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, 2445 Tuscarora Road, Niagara Falls, registration at 6 p.m. March 7, classes 6-10:30 p.m. March 8, 14, and 15. Call 297-0410 after 4 p.m.

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*Pistol

Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Roa, Lackawanna, Classes: "8-Hours In-Service Class," 9 a.m. Monday; "8-Hour Pre-Assignment Class," 9 a.m. Thursday; and "NYS Pistol Permit Class," 10 a.m. Saturday. Call 822-1043 or go to swatstore.com.

Firearms Training of WNY "NYS Pistol Class for Residents of Erie, Niagara and Genesee Counties,": Northtown Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Dr., Williamsville, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday; and "Utah/Florida/Arizona Concealed Carry Class," Quality Inn, Hamburg, 1-5:30 p.m. March 11. Call 903-2558 or go to info@ftwny.com.

Jim Carr Class: "Utah/Florida Pistol Permit Class," K&K Guns, Varysburg, 8 a.m. March 10. Call (585) 535-0248.

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*Boating

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 32 "Safe Boating and Jet Ski Class," McKinley Mall Community Room, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 3. Call 655-1659 or go to wnyboatsafe.org.

Niagara Scuba Center, 2105 Military Road, Niagara Falls, "NYS Safe Boating PWC (Personal Water Craft) Class," 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 4. Call Mike McCormick, 316-8259.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 33 Buffalo "About Boating Safety Course," St. Patrick's Episcopal Church Hall, 1395 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga, two-session course, 6-10 p.m., March 5 and 12. Call Dan Massing (799-7182) or email: dmassing155@verizon.net.

Maryvale Community Education, 1050 Maryvale Dr., Cheektowaga, "Personal Watercraft Boating Safety Class," 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 10. Call 635-4666.

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>Shows/Seminars

Capt. Tony Buffa Bass Pro Shops Seminar, 1570 Clark Street Road, Auburn, "Oneida Lake Spring and Early Summer Walleyes," 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. Free and open to all.

Niagara Frontier Gun Collectors Show, Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 4. Erie County pistol permit personnel will attend both days. Call 542-9929 or go to nfcshows.com.

Rochester Sportsman's Expo, Dome Center, Henrietta, Friday to March 4. Go to rochestersportsmansexpo.com.

Erie Promotions and Expos Shows: "Erie Sport & Travel Expo," Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, Pa., March 2-4; and "WNY Sport and Travel Expo," Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg, March 8-11. Go to: sportandtravelexpo.com.

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>Banquets

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs annual Banquet and Awards Dinner, Father Justin Knights of Columbus Hall, Cheektowaga, 6 p.m. Saturday. Call 655-0975.

WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited Banquet and Fundraiser, Lucarelli's Banquet Facility, Lackawanna, 6 p.m. March 24. Call 826-4178.

Safari Club International 21st annual Fundraiser Banquet, Michael's Banquet Facility, Hamburg, 5 p.m. March 24. Call 668-1353 (ext. 311).

Niagara Musky Association, Pearl at the Webb, 90 Pearl St., 6 p.m., March 31. Call 225-3816.

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>Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: "Walk at Knox Farm State Park-Spring Awakenings," 9 a.m. Saturday; "All About Bluebirds," 1-3 p.m., Saturday; and "Emerald Ash Borer Detection with Mark Whitmore," 2-3 p.m. March 7. All programs are by pre-registration unless noted. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or email: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: "Leap Night Nature Hike," 7-8:30 a.m. Wednesday. For TNP programs and registration details, call 825-6397, ext. 338.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: "Evening Snowshoe Walk," 6 p.m. Tuesday; "Winter Wildlife Snowshoe Walk," 10 a.m. Saturday; and "The Reinstein Woods Experience," 1:30 p.m. Saturday. For registration details and all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Birding on the River," Beaver Island and Buckhorn Island State Parks, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. For details and registration, call 282-5154.

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

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Park Country Club-Cross Country Ski or Snowshoe," 10 a.m. Tuesday, call 833-3851; "Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve-Cross Country Ski (weather permitting)," 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, call 646-5034; "Bruce Trail, Queenston Heights, Canada," 10 a.m. Saturday, call (905) 357-2597; and "Sprague Brook Park Hike," 10 a.m. March 4, call 823-8156.

Buffalo Ornithological Society event: "Niagara County Owl Trip," Town of Wheatfield, 1 p.m. March 4. Call 655-0231 or 622-3278.

Hamburg Natural History Event: "Penn Dixie Exhibit at University Day of Scouting," Saturday. Call 627-4560 or go to penndixie.org.

Paths, Peaks and Paddles Class: "Second Annual Adventure in a Yurt," at Falls Brook in the Adirondacks, March 9-11. For details, call 213-0350 or go to pathspeakspaddles.com.

"Letchworth State Park Interpretive Program: "Dehgayasoh Valley Trek," 10 a.m. Wednesday; and "St. Helena Valley East Trek," 10 a.m. March 4. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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