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Outdoors calendar (Feb. 15)

Buffalo News Outdoors Calendar

Feb. 16 - Southtowns Walleye Association monthly general membership meeting, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Meeting starts at 7 p.m. Call 649-8202 for more info.

Feb. 16 – Lake Erie Chapter of the International Federation of Fly Fishers will hold its monthly meeting at American Legion Post #735, Legion Drive, West Seneca. Fly tying at 6 p.m.; business meeting at 7 p.m. Program will be with a herpetological group, bring some of the snakes that may be encountered while fishing in WNY. For more info call 675-4766.

Feb. 16 – Erie County Chapter of SCOPE will hold its next monthly meeting at VFW Post 8113, 299 Lydecker Road, West Seneca starting at 7 p.m.

Feb. 17-20 – 20th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count. For instructions and checklists, go to

Feb. 18 – Harry A. Smith Installation Dinner for the Southtowns Walleye Association, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Tickets are pre-sale only at $35. Call 649-8202 for more info.

Feb. 18-19 – NY State Free Ice Fishing Weekend. No license needed. Visit for more info.

Feb. 18 – Winter Wonderland Ski Tour at Evangola State Park, 10 a.m. to noon. Cross country. Call 549-1050 to register or find more info.

Feb. 18-19 – 2017 State Archery Association Indoor Championships at Allied Sportsmen of WNY, 12846 Clinton Street, Alden. Saturday shooting times – 9 a.m.; 1:30 p.m.; 6 p.m. Sunday shooting times – 9 a.m.; 12:30 p.m. Shooting ages 6 years old and up. Recurve, Compound, Barebow and Crossbow. Applications are available at

Feb. 18-19 – Sportsman’s Show at the Seneca Allegany Events Center, Salamanca 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. t 4 p.m. Sunday. For more info contact Jim Buck at 569-6810.

Feb. 18-19 – Conesus Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Conesus Lake Sportsmen’s Club and Ted’s Tackle. Call 585-429-0587 for more information.

Feb. 19 – 21st Annual Wild Game Dinner to benefit Spina Bifida from noon to 5 p.m. at the Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main Street, Niagara Falls. Tickets are $30 in advance from The Hutchins Agency, 7510 Porter Road, Niagara Falls. Tickets at the door for $45. RSVP at

Feb. 19 – Snowshoeing and Cocoa at the Darwin Martin House Historic Site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A trek in Delaware Park. Call 549-1050 to register or find out more info.

Feb. 19 – Deadline for comments on recommendations for 2017-18 Waterfowl Seasons through Task Forces in each of the five zones in the state. Comment online at or email Read Scattershots on Jan. 26 for more info.

Feb. 21 – New York State Pistol Permit Class at the Genesee County chapter of SCOPE. Class will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Road, Batavia starting at 6 p.m. Call Jim Carr at 778-9431 to pre-register.

Feb. 21 – Three-F Conservation Society Monthly Meeting at 904 Swann Road, Lewiston starting at 7 p.m.

Feb. 21Erie County Fisheries Advisory Board meeting at Bison City Rod and Gun Club, Buffalo starting at 7 p.m.

Feb. 21 – Niagara County Fisheries Development Board Meeting at the Wilson Town Hall, 375 Lake St. (Route 425), Wilson starting at 7 p.m. Call Chairman Bob Cinelli at 860-9774 for more info.

Feb. 21 – Adult beginner fly tying class with the Lake Erie Chapter of the International Federation of Fly Fishers

Feb. 22-26 – WNY Boat Show at the Adpro Sports Fieldhouse, 1 Bills Drive, Orchard Park. Check out the hours at

Feb. 23 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs monthly meeting at the George Washington Club, 2805 Niagara St., Tonawanda starting at 7 p.m.

Feb. 24 – All in the Same Boat Annual Catch and Release Steelhead Tournament, starting Feb. 24 and running through March 25 at 4 p.m. Entry fee is $15. Niagara and Orleans County tributaries only. Register at the Newfane shop and pick up rules.

Feb. 25 – Antler Scoring Day at Niagara Outdoors, Witmer Road, North Tonawanda from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Official scorers Dave Muir and Don Haseley will be there in person to score racks new and old. For more information call 695-LURE.

Feb. 25 – Frostbite Shoot at Tonawanda Sportsman’s Club, 5657 Killian Road, Pendleton. 100 bird shoot.

Feb. 25-26 – Niagara Frontier Gun Show, Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department, Medina starting at 9 a.m. each day. Check out for information.

Feb. 25 – 39th Annual Southtowns Chapter, Ducks Unlimited Banquet and Fundraiser at Kloc’s Grove, 1245 Seneca Creek Road, West Seneca. Doors open at 6 p.m. Call Ron Sheldon for more info at 674-3075 for ticket options.

Feb. 28 – WNY Trout Unlimited Chapter Meeting at the Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Fly tying at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. meeting with guest DEC Region 9 Fisheries Biologist Scott Cornett talking trout sampling and plans for 2017.

Feb. 28 – Final day of small game hunting for cottontail rabbits, squirrel hunting, pheasant hunting (southern tier) and grouse hunting seasons.

March 2 – NYS Pistol Permit Class at Freeman’s Sport Shop, 50 John Street, Akron starting at 6 p.m. Call 778-9431 to preregister.

March 4 – Cabin Fever Break-Out hike at Buckhorn Island State Park from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 549-1050 for more info or to register for the hike.

March 4 – Annual Venison Dinner hosted by the Cristoforo Colombo Society, 2223 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Doors open at 6 p.m., Dinner at 7 p.m. $25 admission to benefit  Thomas DelZoppo Children’s Christmas Party. For more info contact President Ernie Lucantonio at 523-0486.

March 4 – Wyoming & Genesee counties Pheasants Forever Banquet starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Alexander Fire Hall, Alexander. Call Tom Kelsey at 585-591-0609 for more info.

March 4 – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-2 is offering an 8-hour boating and jet ski safety class in the Community Room of the McKinley Mall starting at 8 a.m. sharp. There is a new age-related law that went into effect in 2015 for boating. Contact Eileen Reiner at 725-9669 for more information.

March 4 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs Annual Awards Banquet at Father Justin Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Tickets are $35, pre-sale only. Contact Cheryl Schenne at 655-2328 for tickets.

March 4-10 – South Area Special Canada Goose Hunt. Daily limit is 5 birds per day per person. Check out the DEC website at for more information.

March 7 – State of Lake Ontario public presentation at the 4-H Building, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Avenue (Route 78), Lockport from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

March 9-12 – WNY Sport and Travel Expo, Hamburg Fairgrounds. for more info.

March 11 – Catherine Creek Trout Unlimited Banquet at 5 p.m. at the Horeseheads Elks Club, Horseheads. For more information call Jim Palmer at 607-425-6136.

March 11 – WNY Whitetails Unlimited Banquet starting at 5 p.m. at the Carousel Banquet Facility, Hamburg Fairgrounds. For more information contact John Hunter at 607-426-8292.

March 18 – Basics of Birding at DeVeaux Woods State Park, Niagara Falls from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Appropriate for families ages 8 and up. Call 282-5154 to register.

March 25 – 6th Annual Fishermen’s Paradise Flea Market/Swap Meet at Alexander Fire Rec Hall, 10708 Route 98, Alexander from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission $2. Kids 12 and under are free. For more info call Joe Kugel at 440-0004 or Jim Thompson at 585-591-0168.

March 25 – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla 3-1 About Boating Safety Course at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Bob Hasse at 954-3453 for more info.



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