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Outdoors Calendar (April 24-May 1)


• WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Donovan American Legion, 310 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, fly tying at 6 p.m., meeting at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Bring olive thread to tie olive Wooly Buggers. Call 684-9523.

• Genesee County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, 7 p.m., Tuesday. Oatka Fish & Game Club, Wilcox Road, LeRoy. Call (585) 472-1343.


• Sportsman’s Coonhunter Association, 8776 Hopkins Road, Batavia, will host a Reinhart 100 Archery Shoot June 11, primitive camping and crossbows welcome. For details, call (585)356-2163 or (585)727-4389.

Shooting sports

• Alabama Hunt Club Public Spring Shoot, 1857 Lewiston Road, Basom, May 21-22, more than 20 matches for men, ladies and youth shooting percussion, flint, rifle, pistol, smoothbore, musket and other historic arms. New this year will be Ii-Line Muzzleloader Matches. For dealer and trader details, call (585) 344-2818.

• Ten-X Shooting Club 2016 Conventional Pistol Sectional winners: Masters, Richard Powers, aggregate score of 882, 27 bulls eyes (X); Masters, Senior Divison, Clifton Faulring, 808, 6X and second, Peter Vasilion, 859 25X; Expert, Steve Lopacki, 823, 13X; and Sharpshooters, Joe Epolito, 802, 11 X.

Certification classes

To view the Department of Environmental Conservation registration format for certification class dates and nearest location, go to Area certification instructors registering students for instruction can post details of those classes with an email to:


• Niagara Gun Range, 3355 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda, 6-10 p.m., April 25, 26 and 28. to register, call 693-4000.


• Firearms Training of WNY Classes: “Utah, Arizona & Florida Multi-State Concealed Carry Class,” Holy Cross Athletic Club, Salamanca, 6-10 p.m., Tuesday and “NYS Pistol Permit,” VFW Post No. 1419, Hamburg, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday. Call 903-2558 or visit

• Jim Carr Classes, “NYS Pistol Permit,” Genesee County Chapter of SCOPE, Calvary Baptist Church, Batavia, 6 p.m., Tuesday and Freeman’s Sport Shop, Akron, 6 p.m., Thursday. “Utah, Arizona & Florida Multi-State Concealed Carry Class,” Niagara Gun Range, North Tonawanda, 9 a.m., Saturday. To preregister, call 778-9431 or visit

• Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, Class: “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” 10 a.m., Saturday. Call 822-1043 or go to


• US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-4 “Safe Boating Class,” Westfield Fish & Gun Club, 5831 Ogden Road, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Call 785-2198.


• Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper American Canoe Association Level 1 Kayak Instructor Training, classroom, 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, on-water sessions, May 14 and 15. Call Monday to register at 852-7483 (ext. 39) or email:


• Batavia Gun and Sportsman Show, Falleti Ice Arena, 22 Evans St., Batavia, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., today. Call 434-6535 or email:

• Iroquois National Refuge Annual Spring into Nature Celebration, Casey Road Visitor Center and Cayuga Overlook on Route 77 in Basom, 9 a.m-4 p.m., honoring the Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial (1916-2016) with live-bird presentations and nature-related exhibits. Call (585) 948-5445 (ext. 7035) or visit

• Niagara Frontier Gun Show, the “Big Pistol” Show, Event Center, Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 1, 300 tables, Erie County Pistol Permit Clerk personnel on site. For more details, call 542-9929 or visit


• Buffalo Geological Society Annual Banquet, Classics V, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, May 6; make reservations by Wednesday. For details, visit

• 107th Annual Buffalo Audubon Society Dinner & Business Meeting, Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java, 4:30 p.m., May 7. Rusty Keeler will discuss “Creating Outdoor Play Environments for the Soul.” For reservation details, call (585) 457-3228.


• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: “Early Migration Birding Hike with Naturalist Tom Kerr,” 8-11 am., Saturday; and “First Family walk at Beaver Meadow,” 2 p.m., May 1. Most events require registration. For details, call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10) or go to

• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Event: “Wellness Walk (for all ages),”10 a.m.-noon, Thursday. For all programs and registration details, call 825-6397 (ext. 338) or visit

• Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Dr., Depew, Programs: “Fun Guy’s Guide to Fungi,” 10:30 a.m., Saturday; and “Aliens! – Plants and Animals Introduced from Other Parts of the World,” 2 p.m., Saturday. For all programs, call 683-5959 or visit

• NYS Parks Niagara Region Interpretive Program: “Woodland Wildflower Walk,” Wilson Tuscarora State Park, 6:30-8:30 9.m., May 6. To register, call 282-5154.

• Foothills Trail Club Events: “Chestnut Ridge Park Saunter,” 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 651-9877; and “Akron Falls County Park,” 10 a.m., Saturday, call 439-0062. For all events, visit

• Wild Spirit Education Public Program: “Live Birds of Prey,” Arcade Trade Fair, Tractor Supply Plaza, 378 Main St., 9 a.m., Saturday, free. To sign up, visit

• Hamburg Natural History Society Penn Dixie Program: “Spring Bird Walk with Marilyn O’Connell,” a Wild Birds Unlimited free program at the Penn Dixie Site 9 a.m., May 1. For details, call 627-4560 or visit

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: “Arbor Day Tree Planting and Tree Walk at Parade Grounds,” 10:30 a.m., Friday; and “Mushrooms and Moss Walk –Silver Lake Outlet Woods,” 2 p.m., Saturday. For all programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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