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Outdoors calendar (April 26)

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 28-30 – Bird of Prey Days with the Braddocks Bay Raptor Research Center, including a wide variety of activities. For more information go to

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 St., 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.

April 29 – WNY Chapter Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet starting at 4 p.m. Bartlett Country Club, Olean. Call Calvin at 585-567-8991 for more info.

April 29 – Safe Boating & Jet Ski Class, at McKinley Mal.

April 29 – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-2 8-hour Boating and Jet Ski Safety class in the Community Room at the McKinley Mall.  The class begins at 8:05 a.m. sharp and ends at approximately 5 p.m.  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    Visit the website at for a list of additional classes.

April 29 - Evans Rod & Gun Club spring trap league begins. Spots open for league shooters. The club will be open to the public on, Tuesdays (7-10 p.m.)and Saturdays (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) for trap and skeet. For more information please call Ed Scheuer (716-200-3334) or the Club (716-549-0333).

April 29-30 – Spring King of the Lake Salmon Tournament out of St. Catharines Marina, Port Weller. For more information contact

April 29-30 – Niagara Frontier Gun Show at the Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg. Saturday hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Go to

April 29-30 – Greater Wellsville Trout Derby. 450 tagged fish. Over $25,000 in prize money. For more info and to register go to

April 29-30 – Open House at RCR Yachts, 284 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo (under the Skyway) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. For more info call 856-6314.

May 1 – Opening day of Spring Turkey Season in Upstate NY. Consult the hunting regulations guide at for more information.

May 1 – LaSalle Sportsmen’s Club general membership meeting, 2445 Tuscarora Road, Niagara Falls starting at 7 p.m.

May 1 – North Forest Rod and Gun Club general membership meeting, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport starting at 7 p.m.

May 2 – Niagara Musky Association monthly meeting at the Eldredge Club, 17 Broad St., Tonawanda, starting at 7 p.m.

May 2 – New York Walleye Association Monthly Meeting at the George Washington Fishing and Camping Club, 2805 Niagara St., Tonawanda, starting at 7:30 p.m.

May 2 – Spring wildflower hike with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper at Whirlpool and DeVeaux Woods state parks in Niagara Falls from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required at

May 5 – Lewiston Smelt Festival, Lewiston Landing starting at 5 p.m. Niagara River Anglers will be cooking up smelt. Free to attend.

May 5 – Opening day of the Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon Derby. For a list of weigh stations and registration points visit

May 6 – Opening day, walleye, Northern pike, pickerel and inland tiger musky seasons.

May 6 – 2017 Spring Border War between WNY Bassmasters and St. Catharines Bassmasters out of Safe Harbor Marina, Buffalo. Two-person teams; best two fish. Fishing will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. $100 per team. Artificial baits only. For more information contact Keith Pease at 818-7350.

May 6 – Sixth Annual I Love My Park Day. Two parks organizing volunteers for clean ups will be Evangola (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Wilson-Tuscarora (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Call 282-5154 to register.

May 6 – Buffala Niagara Riverkeeper Volunteer Planting at Gill Creek, Niagara Falls from 9 a.m. to noon. Register at or call Wendy Paterson at 852-7483 Ext. 26.

May 9 – Niagara County Chapter of SCOPE will have its monthly meeting at the Wilson Conservation Club, Route 425, Wilson starting at 7 p.m.

May 10 – Wildflower Woods Walk at Dusk at Wilson-Tuscarora State Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Call 282-5154 to preregister.

May 11 – Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association’s monthly meeting at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport (Route 78) starting at 7 p.m. Guest speakers will be a roundtable of LOTSA captains talking spring fishing.

May 13 – Safe Boating and Jet Ski Class at the McKinley Mall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Instructors from U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-2. For more information contact Eileen Reiner at 725-9669. Website is

May 13 – All About Safe Boating Class at Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Robert Hasse at 954-3453 for more info.

May 13 – Wilson Harbor Invitational Tournament. For more information check out

May 13 – Shoot N’ Hoot at North Forest Rod and Gun Club, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport starting at 2 p.m. Call Colleen Gaskill to preregister at 628-9023.

May 13 – East Aurora Fish and Game Club High Power Rifle tournaments located on Luther Road, East Aurora starting at 10 a.m. Other shoot dates are June 10, July 8, August 12 and September 9. Call Dave Romanczak at 652-8577 for more information.

May 14 – Final day, Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby ending at 1 p.m. Grand prize and top two winners in each division should report to Captain Jack’s Restaurant, Sodus Point at 4 p.m. for photos and interviews with awards to follow. For more info visit or call 888-REEL-2-IN.

May 15 – Final day to register for the Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament scheduled to be held May 19-21. For more information go to

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