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Outdoors Calendar for Dec. 28


• Buffalo Geological Society, Parkside Lutheran Church, Depew and Wallace in Buffalo, 7:30 p.m., Friday. Call 834-8935.


• WNY 2015 Winter League, four sites, begins Jan. 4 at Collins Conservation Club; walk-in shooters always welcome. Call 337-0126.

• Alden Rod & Gun Club Winter Indoor Archery League, 12 County Line Road, shooting every other Sunday, beginning Jan. 11 to a league banquet on March 22. Call Phil Williams at 553-7445.

Shooting sports

• Tonawandas Sportsmen’s Club Annual New Year’s Day Hangover Sporting Clays Shoot, 5657 Killian Road, Wheatfield, sign-ups at 9 a.m., shooting at 10 a.m., Thursday. Call 692-2161.

• Hamburg Rod & Gun Club Winter Trap League, 3434 Hickox Road, new shooters and teams welcome. Open shooting, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekends. The club also offers options for skeet shooting, sporting clays and an indoor pistol range. For details, call Jerry McShane at 992-3480.

• Alden Rod & Gun Club Winter Trap League, 12 County Line Road, begins Jan. 11 and goes to March 22, shooting every other Sunday. For more information, call Tom Ess at 937-6612.

• Evans Rod & Gun Club Winter Trap League, Cain Road, Angola, begins Saturday, shooting 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays and 7-10 p.m., Tuesdays. For details, call John Szewczyk at 627-3583.

Certification classes

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• LaSalle Sportsmen’s Club, 2445 Tuscarora Road, Niagara Falls, Jan. 7 & 8 and Jan. 14 & 15. Register at first class.


• Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna Class: “8-Hour Annual In-Service Class,” 9 a.m., Jan. 5. Call 822-1043 or go to

• Firearms Training of WNY Class: “NYS Pistol Permit Class”, Northtown Center, Amherst, 6-9 p.m., Jan. 6. “Utah-Arizona-Florida Multi-State Pistol Permit Class”, Northtown Center, 5:45-9:45 p.m., Jan. 15. Call 903-2558 or visit

Snowmobile safety

• Hol-Field Gun Club, 2857 Whalen Road, Bloomfield. Lunch provided, pre-registration preferred. Call (585) 455-7166.


• Niagara Frontier Gun Shows: J.W. Jones Hall, Caledonia, Jan. 17-18; and Newstead Fire Hall, 591 Cummings Road, Akron, Jan. 24-25, 85 tables, $5 admission. For exhibitor information and show details, visit

• Erie County Trappers Association Fur Handling Seminar, Collins Conservation Club, Conger Road, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 10. Call 532-2457 or 337-2556.

• Genesee Valley Trappers Association Dec. 14 Auction Results: Red fox paid highest, coyote and raccoon averages most extreme, quick auction, only 107 lots, prices similar to the end of last year. Next Auction, Jan. 18. Call (585) 944-82450.


• Niagara Frontier Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation Fundraising Banquet, Banchetti’s Banquet Facility, 550 N. French, Amherst, Feb. 7. Call Al Gai at 937-3271.

• Greater Rochester Southern Tier Branch of Quality Deer Management Association Third Annual Banquet, RIT Inn & Conference Center, Henrietta, April 11. For more details and reservation information, check with Mike Edwards at (585) 813-2021.


• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: Center closed Wednesday and Thursday, trails always open; “Walk at Knox Farm State Park-New Year’s Hike,” 9 a.m., Saturday; “Niagara River Waterfowl Hike at Squaw Island Park,” 9 a.m., Saturday; and “Full ‘Wolf Moon’ Walk,” 6-7:30 p.m., Saturday. Most BAS events require registration. Call (585) 457-3228 (Ext. 10) or go to

• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Event: “Frosty Fun! Hands-On Activities Celebrating the Wintry Season,” 6-7:30 p.m., Saturday. For all TNP programs and registration details, call 825-6397 (Ext. 338).

• Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: “Winter Wildlife Snowshoe Walk,” 10:30 a.m., Tuesday; “Winter Nature Play (for ages 4-8),” 10:30 a.m., Wednesday; “Snowshoeing 101,” 10:30 a.m., Saturday; and “Learn to Cross Country Ski,” 10:30 a.m., Jan. 4. For registration details and all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

• Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs: First Day Hikes sites on Thursday: Buffalo Harbor State Park (formerly Buffalo Small Boat Harbor), 10 a.m.-noon, call 549-1050; Niagara Falls State Park, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., call 282-5154; and Fort Niagara State Park, 1:30-4 2 p.m., call 282-5154; and “A Lake Erie Winter,” Lake Erie State Park, 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday, call 549-1050.

• Foothills Trail Club Events: “Reinstein Woods Saunter-Hike or Snowshoe,” 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 208-6319; “13th Annual Holland Ravine Snowshoe/Hike,” 9 a.m., Wednesday, email:; “Clarence Town Park – Hike, Cross Country Ski or Snowshoe,” 10 a.m., Friday, call 759-6442; “Conservation Trail-Gooseneck Rd. to Route 39,” 10 a.m., Saturday, call 316-4338; and “Tifft Nature Preserve – Hike or Snowshoe,” 10:30 a.m., Jan. 4, call 852-3090.

• Buffalo Ornithological Society Christmas Bird Count Sites: Oak Orchard, 7:30 a.m., Monday, call (585) 721-8202; and Dunkirk-Fredonia, 7:30 a.m., Thursday, call 673-1627.

• Hamburg Natural History Society Event: “Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and/or Nature Walk at Penn Dixie Site,” 10 a.m., Jan. 17. Pre-registration required. Call 627-4560 or visit

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: “First Day Hikes: (1) Families with Younger Children, Letchworth CSI – Who Done it and (2) Families with Older Children – Exotic Trees From Other Lands,” 1 p.m., Thursday; “Snowshoe Walk-Trailside Lodge,” 1 p.m., Saturday; “Winter Wonder Walk,” 2:30 pm., Saturday; “Family Nature Walk-Three Sisters Waterfalls,” 10 a.m., Jan. 4; “Novice Nature Ski Hike,” 1 p.m., Jan. 4; and “Intermediate Nature Ski Hike,” 2:30 p.m., Jan. 4. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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