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Hutchins Wild Game Dinner Feb. 19

For 20 years, John Hutchins of Lewiston has held a Wild Game Dinner to benefit the Spina Bifida Association of Western New York. It’s become quite an event locally. If you are a wild game fanatic, this is a great gathering that will offer up some fantastic concoctions including pheasant, venison, rabbit, elk, wild boar, shark, salmon, venison sausage, goose sausage and more. Even if you are a little squeamish toward wild game, you’ll at least want to sample these tasty dishes. The 21st Annual Dinner will be held on Feb. 19 at The Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls, from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $45 at the door. For advance sales, stop in at The Hutchins Agency, 7510 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, or go online to All proceeds from the event are earmarked for the Spina Bifida Association in memory of John’s sister, Carol Hutchins. Following dinner there will be entertainment provided by country music star Everett Lee and the Underground Stampede.

Super Shoot winners at North Forest

Shooting sports enthusiasts came out early on game day last Sunday to participate in the Big Game Day Super Sporting Clays-Lewis Shoot at the North Forest Rod and Gun Club in Lockport. The Super Sporting Clays format is different from regular sporting clays in that a third machine is added to each station – increasing the variety of targets that can be offered and making it much more challenging. High Gun for the tournament was Kevin Cole of Amherst with a score of 46 out of 50 birds. Finishing one bird behind were Andy Maliszewski of Lockport and Angelo Toto of Williamsville. Making it even more difficult was the weather that blew in mid-morning. Half of the Lewis money went to the shooters; half went to youth shooting programs at North Forest. According to tournament organizer John Butcher of Lockport, the tournament course will remain intact for the remainder of the winter in case anyone wants to come out and give it a go.

Adult Beginner Fly Tying Class

The Lake Erie Chapter of the International Federation of Fly Fishers will be offering its Beginner Fly Tying Class starting on Feb. 21. Instruction is broken up into six parts, with the other dates being Feb. 28; March 7, 14, 21 and 28. The sessions will take place at the Charles F. Burchfield Nature and Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each evening. Lab fee is $30. If you have a tying vise, bring it along. If not, one will be provided. Download an application from Call 875-4766 for more information.

The monthly meeting of the FFF group will be Feb. 16 at the American Legion Post #735, Legion Drive, West Seneca. Fly tying at 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m. Guests will be talking snakes – what snakes you may encounter in WNY while fishing the streams. For more info call 675-4766.

Tree, shrub Seedlings Available

If you are looking to plant trees and shrubs in an effort to improve wildlife habitat, shelter crops, stabilize erodible land and more, order forms are now available for this year’s Conservation Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale through the Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District. A total of 37 species of trees and shrubs are available this time around, including new seedling introductions basswood, eastern ninebark, shagbark hickory, winterberry holly, pin oak, swamp white oak, north pecan and American larch. The 1- to 3-year-old bare-root seedlings, which vary in size from 6 to 24 inches tall, are available in lots of 10 to 500. For an application form, stop into the District office at 50 Commerce Way, East Aurora, download an application from or call 652-8480 Ext. 5. Deadline for ordering is March 17. Pick-up will be April 22 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.

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