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Outdoors calendar (March 29)

March 29 – Buffalo Audubon Society volunteer bird surveyor orientation and training session at the Nike Base Park on Grand Island starting at 1 p.m. Weekly monitoring will take place in Buckhorn Island State Park. For more info contact Loren Smith at

Match 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. with guest speakers including Kayla Woodard of the Buffalo Zoo. For more information call Terry Belke at 548-7659.

April 1 – 56th Annual Opening Day Naples Creek Rainbow Trout Derby. Preregistration only. Register at Sutton Company, 120 S. Main St., Naples or the headquarters at Naples Fire Hall on Vine Street, Naples 3/31 from 5-9 p.m. or 4/1 from 4 a.m. to sunrise.

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 Lake Ave., Lockport starting at 9 a.m. Call Jim Carr at 778-9431 to pre-register.

April 1 – Third Annual Meat and Money Shoot at the North Forest Rod and Gun Club, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choice of trap, skeet or 5-stand. $5 for 10 targets. Call Doug Thompson at 807-6647 for more info. Winner selected every 5 shooters.

April 1 – Spirit of America Rally, Niagara Square, Buffalo from 1-3 p.m. Speakers include Carl Paladino, WBEN’s David Bellavia, Assemblyman David DiPietro and Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard.

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. Call Herb or Pam Lederhouse at 791-3151 for more info.

April 2 – 12th annual John Long, Sr. Memorial Raffle and Feast from 2 to 6 p.m. at Niagara Active Hose, 6010 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls. Adults $20; kids under 16, $10. For tickets call 628-1460.

April 4 – Niagara Musky Association monthly meeting at the Eldredge Club, 17 Broad St., Tonawanda starting at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Jonah Withers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, working on a sturgeon telemetry study in Buffalo Harbor and the Upper Niagara River.

April 5 – Pistol safety training certification class (required for a pistol permit) for NYS at LaSalle Sportsmen’s Club, 2445 Tuscarora Road, Niagara Falls from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. One night only. Cost is $35 for members; $45 for non-members. Call 297-0410 after 4 p.m. for more info.

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

April 6 – Special screening of “Spey Daze – A Great Lakes Journey” – a film delving into a unique kind of steelhead pursuit utilizing a two-handed rod and the swung fly. Local experts Rick Kustich and Nick Pionessa will present this to enthusiasts at Dockside Bar and Grill, 153 Sweeney St., North Tonawanda starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

April 7  – Alden Rod and Gun Club Trap League, 25-bird scratch, shooting times are from 6-9 p.m. Fridays starting April 7  and from 12 noon-2 p.m.Wednesdays starting in May. Sign-up 6-9 p.m. For further information call Tom Ess at 937-6612.

April 7 – Eastern Lake Erie Charter Boat Association meeting at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, Mullet Street, Dunkirk starting at 7 p.m. The meeting is 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 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 8 – Niagara Musky Association’s 23rd Annual Awards Banquet at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, 76 Pearl Street, Buffalo. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m. Call Scott McKee at 225-3816 for tickets.

April 8 – Big Wheels Bicycle Club will hold its Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. at Zion United Church of Christ, corner of Koenig Circle and Parker Boulevard, Tonawanda. For more information contact Barb Ciepiela 625-8308 or Barbara Rubin 689-3741.

April 8 – Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association’s pen-rearing preparation gathering at the Town of Newfane Marina, Olcott starting at 9 a.m. The pens will be prepared with general maintenance and zip ties to prepare for receiving the fish from DEC. Call Bob Fishlock at 913-2243 for more info.

April 8 – North Forest Rod and Gun’s Ladies Shoot ‘N Hoot Program will hold its monthly session at 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport starting at 1 p.m. There will be a surprise guest. Shooting will be trap, skeet or 5-stand, depending on the weather. Register by April 5 by calling Colleen Gaskill at 628-9023.

April 10 – Birding Adventure at Reinstein Woods, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew starting at 1:30 p.m. Call 683-5959 for more information.

April 11-15 – ACA Level 2 Kayak Instructor course in partnership with Outdoor Leader Trainers of America and Seabirds International at Cattaraugus Community Center, Irving. Book through

April 11 – Orienteering, a Nature Tech Adventure at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Dr., Depew at 1:30 p.m. Call 683-5959 to register.

April 11 – Niagara County Chapter of SCOPE will be holding its monthly meeting at the Wilson Conservation Club, 2934 Wilson Cambria Road (Route 425), Wilson, starting at 7 p.m. Ladies night with several noted women speakers. Call John Peracciny for more info at 998-1434.

April 13 – Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association monthly meeting at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, 4487 Lake Ave. (Route 78), Lockport, starting at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Capt. Matt Dunn talking on tournament spring kings techniques.

April 14 – Fabulous Frogs of Spring at Evangola State Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Call 549-1050 to pre-register.

April 19 – Local shooting clubs will participate in a commemorative “Shot Heard ‘round the World” at public ranges. For more information check out

April 22 – Annual Outdoor Gear and Flea Market at Bison City Rod and Gun Club, 511 Ohio St., 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.

April 25 – (rescheduled) Eastern Waters Council of Fly Fishers International fly tying event at Orvis Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville starting at 6 p.m. Attendees need to register by April 18. Featured fly tyers include Sam Decker, Craig Buckbee, Rodney Priddle. The Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International is also sponsoring the event. Register by calling 276-7200 or 675-4766.

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