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Outdoors calendar (April 5)


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 18 – Three-F Club (Fin, Feather Fur Conservation Society) regular monthly meeting, 904 Swann Road, Lewiston starting at 7 p.m.

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

April 20 – Erie County Chapter of SCOPE monthly meeting at the Harvey D. Morin Post, 965 Center Road, West Seneca starting at 7 p.m.

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 22 – Spring into Nature celebration at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, 1101 Casey Road, Alabama from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities at the headquarters and at Cayuga Overlook on Route 77 to view bald eagles. For more info contact the Refuge at 585-948-5445 Ext. 7034.

April 22 – Gorge Hiking Series on the Devil’s Hole Rim Trail from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 282-5154 to register.

April 22-23 – Spring Youth Turkey Hunt Weekend for junior hunters ages 12 to 15. You must have a Junior License and a turkey permit. Limit is one bearded bird for the weekend. For more information consult the state website at

April 22-23 – Tri-County Trout Derby out of Arcade. Check out for more information.

April 23 - Boston Valley Conservation Society, 9624 Zimmerman Road, Boston, will host a spring trap league starting April 23rd. Sign up times are: Sundays; 9 a.m.-12 noon and Thursdays 6-8 p.m. The league will run for 10 weeks. Teams, individuals and practice shooters are all welcome. Questions: 335 - 4111

April 24 – Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs monthly meeting at the Town of Lockport offices, Dysinger and Beattie roads, Lockport starting at 7 p.m. Call John Butcher at 433-1014 for more info.

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.

April 25 – Niagara County Fisheries Development Board meeting, Newfane Community Center, 2737 Main St., Newfane starting at 7 p.m. Contact Chairman Bob Cinelli for information at 860-9774.

April 25 – Genesee County Chapter of SCOPE will hold a NYS Pistol Permit Class at Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Road, Batavia starting at 6 p.m. Call 778-9431 to preregister.

April 27 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs will hold its annual monthly meeting at West Falls Conservation Club, 55 Bridge Street, West Falls, starting at 7 p.m.

April 29 – Orvis Buffalo will be giving a Free Fly Fishing 101 seminar from 4-5 p.m. at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, 1 North Mullet Street, Dunkirk as part of a special Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy celebration from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information call Alberto Rey at 410-7003.

April 29 – New York State Outdoorsman Hall of Fame dinner at the Rusty Nail, Canastota starting at 5 p.m. Reservations must be made by April 22. Call 315-363-3896.

April 29 – 22nd Annual Niagara Frontier Friends of the NRA Banquet at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew starting at 5 p.m. Call Georgina at 866-7656 for more information. Half of the proceeds raised comes back into the area for grant programs involved with the shooting sports.

April 29 – U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 3-1 About Boating Safety course at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Robert Hasse at 954-3453 to preregister. This is a required class for anyone born after May 1, 1996 if you want to operate a boat or jet ski.

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