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Outdoors Notebook: RiverWorks to host expansive outdoors show this month

A first-of-its-kind outdoor show opens its doors at 3 p.m. Friday April 15 for three days at the RiverWorks complex on Ganson Street in Buffalo.

That’s how promoter Marc Arena describes this comprehensive show that brings together expert exhibitors involved in fishing, hunting, golfing, trapping, boating, trucks, tractors, RV’s, UTV and ATVs, survival skills, skydiving and many more outdoors pursuits.

The 70,000-square foot indoor/outdoor waterfront facility at 359 Ganson St. provides interactive experiences for all, which include a trout fishing pond, a fishing simulator, a casting competition, youth BB gun and archery ranges, drone flying demonstrations, a deer processing demo and a Deer Search rescue demonstration with a fresh deer carcass obtained with a nuisance permit.

For formal instruction, a three-hour pistol permit course and hands-only CPR and AED certificate courses will be held each day of the show. For registration information for a pistol permit class, call Miguel Rivera at 260-1285; for the CPR or AED classes, call Jessica and Eric Goudy at 545-7820.

The Cheektowaga Cabela’s store is a major sponsor of this show; Oak Ridge Game Calls provides 100 game calls to youths entering the show on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $12 per adult daily or a $20 show pass for all three days; children under age 12 are free. For more show details, visit

Lake Erie’s state

The New York Sea Grant’s annual State of Lake Erie meeting begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Southtowns Walleye Association Clubhouse, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, with four featured speakers discussing the lake’s dynamics.

NYSDEC aquatic biologist Jason Robinson will discuss warm-water fisheries; Dr. Lauren Sassoubre will focus on DNA fish monitoring; NYSDEC aquatic biologist Jim Markham will cover cold-water fisheries; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Michael Goehle will give an update on the status of a Lake Erie watershed restoration initiative.

For more details on this meeting, call 645-3610 or email:

Basic classes on the fly

Orvis Buffalo in the Eastern Hills Mall begins its series of free Fly Fishing 101 classes on Saturdays, which continues to Aug. 13. Classes include in-store instruction and a hands-on casting tutor outdoors.

Classes fill quickly and pre-registration is recommended in the Orvis store at 4545 Transit Road or by calling manager Adam Schroeder at 276-7200.

Webless ways

The federal Harvest Information Program (HIP) extensively surveys the ways of web-footed migratory bird life (ducks and geese), and this year Department of Environmental Conservation biologists are assessing the behavior and attitudes of hunters who pursue webless migratory birds such as crows, woodcock, snipe, rail and gallinule.

Hunters registered with the HIP program are asked to respond with their webless encounters in a brief survey prior to Friday; for questions on this survey, email: