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Outdoors calendar (March 15)


March 15 – Second Annual Tree Steward Training Class every Wednesday from 5:45 to 8 p.m. through April 12 at Parkside Lodge in Delaware Park. Call Sharon at 652-5400 Ext. 150 to get registered by March 15 so you can attend the first class.

March 15 – Close of walleye, northern pike, pickerel and tiger musky seasons (statewide, general regulations).

March 15 – Special fly tying event at the Orvis Eastern Hills Mall (4545 Transit Rd., Williamsville) with the Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International and the Council leaders of the Eastern Waters Council of Fly Fishers International. Fly tying starts at 6 p.m. with featured experts. Must register by March 8. Call 276-7200 675-4766.

March 16 – Southtowns Walleye Association monthly general membership meeting at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg starting at 7:30 p.m. Call 649-8202 for more information.

March 16 – Erie County Chapter of SCOPE monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Harvey D. Morin Post, 965 Center Road, West Seneca. For more info contact 656-0350.

March 16 - The Lake Erie Chapter of the International Federation of Fly Fishers is holding its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 16 at the American Legion Post #735 on Legion Drive, West Seneca.  Fly Tying starts at 6:00 with business meeting starting at 7:00.  All are welcome. For further information call 675-4766.

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 18 – Deersearch of WNY will be holding a blood tracking seminar at West Falls Conservation Society, 55 Bridge Street, West Falls starting at 4 p.m. This is open to the public. The paperwork for the leashed tracking dog test in April must be postmarked by March 17. Paperwork can be found on the DEC website at under the special license area. Call Gary Huber at 870-8584.

March 23 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs monthly meeting at Evans Rod and Gun, 864 Cain Road, Angola. Board meeting at 6:30 p.m.; general meeting at 7 p.m.

March 23-24 – DEC rainbow trout sampling for the Finger Lakes. Thursday at 9 a.m. at Naples Creek just north of the village of Naples at the Route 245 bridge; Friday at Cold Brook (Keuka Inlet) in Pleasant Valley at 10 a.m.

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.

March 25 – Antique Fishing Tackle Show at Elk’s Lodge, 6791 N. Canal Road, Lockport from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5. Tables available for $15 before March 18; $20 after. For more information call Dan Bedford at 713-9410.

March 25 – Application deadline for the DEC’s day-old pheasant chick program. For information contact 372-0645 in Region 9.

March 25 – “Woodcock Whorl” at Evangola State Park from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Witness the woodcock mating display. To register call 549-1050.

March 25 – Signs of Spring Walk at Artpark State Park, Lewiston from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call 282-5154 to register.

March 25 – Spring is Here Celebration at Knox Farm State Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call 282-5154 to register.

March 25 – Iroquois Chapter, Trout Unlimited Sixth Annual “Tie One On” Fly Tying Rendezvous at The Genesee Grande Hotel in Syracuse. $10 donation at door; $5 for TU members. TU banquet to follow the day at $65. Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser will be among several speakers.

March 25 - US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-2 is offering an 8-hour Boating & Jet Ski Safety class in the Community Room at the McKinley Mall.  The class begins at 8 a.m. sharp and ends at approximately 5 p.m.  Please note there is a new age-related state law for boaters that went into effect in 2015.  To receive more information about the new law, or to register for this class, contact Eileen Reiner at 725-9669 or at    If this date does not work for you, visit us on the web at for a list of additional classes.

March 26 – Coyote hunting season closes.

March 27 – St. Catharines Game and Fish Association monthly meeting at the Port DalhousieLegion, 57Lakeport Road, St. Catharines, Ontario starting at 7 p.m. Guest speakers will be Greg Amiel and Gavin Cameron talking about how they follow the salmon migration throughout the season.

March 28 – NYS Pistol Permit Class at Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Road, Batavia, starting at 6 p.m. Hosted by the Genesee Chapter of SCOPE. Call 778-9431 to pre-register.

March 28 – New York State Pistol Permit Class hosted by Jim Carr and the Genesee County Chapter of SCOPE. The class will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Road, Batavia. Preregister with Carr at 778-9431.

March 28 – WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold their monthly meeting at a different location, the Orvis Shop in Willliamsville (4545 Transit Road) starting at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Joe Gould with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

March 29 – 2 The Outdoors Environmental Forum at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo starting at 7:30 p.m. Topic will be “Primates: Species on the Brink?” with Carmen Presti with the Primate Sanctuary; Susan Margulis with Canisius College; and Kayla Woodard with the Buffalo Zoo.  For more information call Terry Belke at 548-7659.

March 31 – Crow season ends.

April 1 – Inland trout and landlocked salmon opener. Consult the DEC website for regulations details at

April 1 – Multi-state pistol permit certification class (Utah-Florida-Arizona) at Lockport Conservation Club, 4112 Lave Avenue, Lockport starting at 9 a.m. Call Jim Carr at 778-9431 to pre-register.

April 2 – Niagara County Gobblers Chapter, National Wild Turkey Federation 22nd Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet at Ransomville Volunteer Fire Company, 2521 Youngstown Lockport Road, Ransomville. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Dinner at 5 p.m. Call Herb or Pam Lederhouse at 791-3151 for more info.

April 6 – State of Lake Erie presentation sponsored by NY Sea Grant and DEC from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Southtowns Walleye Association, 5895 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg. Open to the public.

April 7-9 – Sixth Annual Niagara County Bullhead Tournament sponsored by the Wilson Conservation Club, Route 425, Wilson. Action starts at 5 p.m. on Friday, ends on Sunday at 1 p.m. Register at CMC Auto in Wilson; The Slippery Sinker in Olcott. Call Eric at 628-6078 for more info. Entry is $10.

April 8 – June 3 – 42nd Annual St. Catharines Game and Fish Association Spring Salmon Derby. For more information go to

April 8 – Rain Gardens – Hear the frog chorus at Beaver Island State Park from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Preregister at 549-1050.

April 8 – Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs annual award banquet at Terry’s Corners Fire Hall, 7801 Chestnut Ridge Road, Gasport. RSVP by March 31 by calling Dave Whitt at 754-2133.

April 22 – Annual Outdoor Gear and Flea Market at Bison City Rod and Gun Club, 511 Ohio Street, Buffalo from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admission free. Tables free. Set-up begins at 7 a.m. For more info call Paul Stoos at 563-9258 or Willie Sieber at 260-3240.


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