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Outdoors notebook: ‘Campout’ scheduled Saturday

The National Wildlife Federation will stage its Great American Backyard Campout on Saturday.

A part of the federation’s “Be Out There” movement, the ninth annual campout offers an opportunity to head outside for some great food and family fun this summer.

The program features cookout recipes, campfire songs, games and wildlife watching tips useful for outings throughout the summer.

No yard or grill? No problem. The federation has everything you need to have a memorable night no matter where you live. For more information, to register or to find a public event in your area, visit

Seaway trailers

The free “Great Lakes Seaway Trail Travel Magazine,” is now available with tips for exploring New York and Pennsylvania sections of this National Scenic Byway. The magazine features driving and boating routes that span five distinct areas along the coastline: the Erie Bayfront and Presque Isle in Pennsylvania, the WNY/Lake Erie metropolitan hub of Buffalo-Niagara Falls, and the expansive Lake Ontario shoreline.

The magazine can be read online at or ordered by phone at (315) 646-1000 (ext. 200).

Niagara Expo planned

The First Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo will be held at the Conference and Event Center in Niagara Falls on January 24-26, 2014. The center can accommodate more than 125 vendors from the U.S. and Canada. Vendors booking before July 1 receive a 10 percent discount. For details, call 343-0670; email:; or go to

Rally draws crowd

The Second Amendment Rights Rally in Albany on Tuesday brought together affiliates of county sportsmen’s federations, SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) members and gun-rights advocates statewide. SCOPE President Stephen Aldstadt was impressed with the speakers and put attendance at about 2,500 or more that day.

For details on this rally and other events, go to

Crossbow bill passes

The crossbow re-legalization bill (S1699B) passed by a vote of 51 to 10 in the State Senate on Wednesday and now moves to the Assembly as bill A283. For details on this legislation, go to