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Outdoors Calendar for March 29

Meetings

• WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, fly tying at 6 p.m., meeting at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Bring olive or black thread for tying olive woolly buggers. Call 684-9523.

• Genesee County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Godfrey’s Pond, Stafford, 7 p.m., Tuesday, potluck dinner meeting. Call (585) 768-6278.

 • WNY Chapter of Safari Club International, Michael’s Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Call 570-8273.

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

 • SCOPE 50th Anniversary Annual Members Meeting, Clay Sportsmen’s Club, 11 a.m., Saturday. Visit scopeny.org.

• Annual State of Lake Erie Meeting, Southtowns Walleye Association, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 709 p.m., April 9.

Archery

• Niagara Region Winter 3-D League Banquet at Wood & Brook Sportsmen Club, Genesee St., Crittenden, April 12. For details, call at 870-2653.

• Hawkeye Bowmen Club Wild Animal Shoot, 13300 Clinton St., Marilla, breakfasts start at 6 a.m., registrations 7 a.m.-noon, April 12. Call 998-4857 or visit hawkeyebowmen.com.

 Shooting sports

• Allied Sportsmen Club Spring Trap League, 12846 Clinton St., Alden, begins April 7, shooting 6-10 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sundays, a 300 bird league with five shooting houses. For details, visit alliedsportsmen.com.

 • Alden Rod & Gun Club, 12 County Line Road, Events: Spring Trap (25-Bird Scratch) League, begins April 10, shooting 6-9 p.m. on Fridays and practice-only shoots on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., starting April 22. For details, check with Tom Ess at 937-6612; and Informal Air Pistol Spring and Summer League, May 5-July 21, shooting relays at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. For more info, check with Carl Leas at 656-0350 or email: carlpride@msn.com.

 • Batavia Rod & Gun Club 26th Annual Good “Saturday” Sporting Clay Shoot, 10509 W. Bethany Road, East Bethany, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. Sign-ups 8 a.m.-noon. Call (585) 344-1874 or (585) 356-2322.

Certification classes

 To view the Department of Environmental Conservation registration format for certification classes, go to dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7860.

 Hunter

• Allied Sportsmen Club, 12846 Clinton St., Alden, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., April 11. Call 937-3615.

Pistol

• Jim Carr Classes: “NYS Pistol Permit Classes,” Genesee County Chapter of SCOPE, Calvary Baptist Church, Batavia, 6 p.m., Tuesday and Freeman’s Sport Shop, Newstead Community Room, 50 John St., Akron, 6 p.m., April 7. For all Carr classes, call 778-943 or visit carrpsc.com.

 • Firearms Training of WNY Classes: “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” Northtown Center, Williamsville, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday. “Utah, Florida & Arizona Multi-State Permit Class,” Northtown Center, April 15. Call 903-2558 or visit info@ftwny.com.

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

• NRA Certified NYS Pistol Permit Class, Harvey D. Morin Post, 965 Center Road, West Seneca 9 a.m.-noon, April 11. Call Ed Kwietniewski at 440-1655 or email: eekwiet@aol.com.

 Boating

• U.S. Buffalo Power Squadron “Public Safe Boating Course with Jet Ski Certification,” Daemen College, Duns Scotus Hall, Room 240, Amherst, a five-week course meeting 6:45-9 p.m. Thursdays starting April 9. Call 675-9288 or email: kenanneny@verizon.net.

 Shows/seminars

• Capt. Tony Buffa Seminars, Bass Pro shops, Auburn: “Oneida Lake Walleyes Spring Tactics,” 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday and “Oneida Lake Walleyes Early Summer and Fall Tactics,” 2-3:30 p.m., Saturday.

• Little Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. Sportsmen’s Show, Cattaraugus County Fair Grounds, April 11 & 12. More than 150 tables, for exhibitor details, check with Jim Miller at 938-6928. 

 • Batavia Gun and Sportsman Show, Falleti Ice Arena, 22 Evans St., April 25 & 26. For vendor and exhibitor details, call Jim Penland at 434-6536 or email: jimpenland@verizon.net.

Banquets/fundraisers

• Niagara Frontier Friends of NRA 20th annual banquet, Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, Depew, 5 p.m., April 11. Call 866-7656 or email: sbee287@aol.com.

• Greater Rochester Southern Tier Branch of Quality Deer Management Association , third annual banquet, RIT Inn and Conference Center, Henrietta, April 11. Call (585) 813-2021.

• Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs annual awards banquet, Terry’s Corners VFC, Gasport, April 18. Call 754-2133.

• Chautauqua County Federation annual dinner, Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, 6 p.m., April 20. Reply before April 6. Call Larry Dorler at 488-1017 or 499-8346.

• Friends of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 25th annual fundraising banquet, West Valley Fire Hall, 4 p.m., April 25. Call 699-2525.

• NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame induction banquet, Rusty Rail Restaurant, Canastota, 4:30 p.m., April 25. Reservations must be made by April 18. Call (315) 363-3896 or (315) 829-3588 or email: lmalone@twcmy.rr.com or sfcf@tds.net.

Hiking/nature

• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: “Frog Holler Walk.” 7-8:30 p.m., Friday; “Walk at Knox Farm State Park-Knox Waterfall,” 9-10 a.m., Saturday; Iroquois Observations: “Birding By Car,” 9 a.m.- noon, Saturday and “Eagle Watch at the Cayuga Overlook,” 1-4 p.m., Saturday; “Birding at Squaw Island-Niagara River”, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday; “Boy Scout Astronomy Merit Badge Workshop,” noon-5 p.m., Saturday; and “Observatory at Beaver Meadow,” dusk, Saturday. Most BAS events require registration. For details, call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10) or go to buffaloaudubon.org.

• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Events: “Spring EGG-stravaganza (for all ages),” 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday; and “Little Tykes Mini Nature Camp (For ages 3-5),” 9:30-11:30 a.m., April 6. For all programs and registration details, call 825-6397 (ext. 338).

• Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Dr., Depew, Programs: “Frogwatch USA Volunteer Training for Citizen Scientists,” 6:30 p.m., Tuesday; “After School Escape (for grades K-5),” 4:30 p.m., Thursday; and “Geo-caching Egg Hunt,” 10 a.m., Saturday. For registration details and all programs, call 683-5959.

• Foothills Trail Club Events: “Houghton Park/Buffalo River,” 10 a.m., Wednesday, call 826-1939; “Ellicott Creek Trailway Loop,” 10 a.m., Thursday, call 759-6442; “Gooseneck Road to Middle Road,” 10 a.m., Saturday, call 316-4388; and “Sergeant Billy Wilson Park,” 10:30 a.m., March 29, Call 866-1233.

• Hamburg Natural History Society Penn Dixie Events: “Gardening for Wildlife and You” Mary Jo Graham lecture at the Gateway Executive Office Auditorium, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell, 7 p.m., Thursday; and “Penn Dixie Easter Egg Hunt for Children,” 1 p.m., Saturday. Call 627-4560 or visit penndixie.org

• Finger Lakes Trail Conference Hiking Series begins April 18. Registration deadline is April 5. For details, visit fltconference.org.

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: “Tall Tails and Downright Lies,” 10 a.m., Wednesday; “Crepuscular Walk-Night of the Salamanders,” 6:30 p.m., Thursday; and “Easter Sunday Waterfalls Walk,” 2 p.m., April 5. For all programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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