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Outdoors Calendar

Dec. 13 – Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs annual Christmas Meeting at the Hartland Conservationist Club, 3606 Orangeport Road, Gasport starting at 7 p.m. Bring a dish to pass.

Dec. 14 – Weekday Winter Birding Hike with Buffalo Audubon’s Tom Kerr in Joseph Davis State Park from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Preregistration required. Call 585-457-3228.

Dec. 14 – Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association’s annual Christmas Party Meeting at 4-H Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport, 7 p.m. This is a joint meeting with the Niagara County Fisheries Development Board.

Dec. 14 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Club will hold its monthly meeting at Bison City Rod and Gun, 511 Ohio St., Buffalo. Board meeting at 6:30 p.m., general meeting at 7 p.m.

Dec. 15 – Hike Down Hunters Creek Gorge. Join naturalist Mark Carra with Buffalo Audubon into the gorge at Hunters Creek County Park from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Minimum age is 13 to participate. Preregistration is required at 585-457-3228.

Dec. 16 – North Forest Rod and Gun Club 5-Stand Winter League starts, ending on Feb. 24. 50 targets weekly. Shooting takes place from 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call Kevin Gaskill for more info at 628-1375.

Dec. 16 – Buckhorn Island Bird Bonanza at Buckhorn Island State Park, Grand Island from 10 a.m.-noon. Search for waterfowl along the river with state parks staff. Register by calling 549-1050.

Dec. 17 –Knox Farm Christmas Bird Count, Knox Farm State Park from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Call 549-1050 to register for the program.

Dec. 17 – Winter Wonder Photography Walk at Niagara Falls State Park from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. with a park naturalist. Call 282-5154 to register for the program.

Dec. 17 – Final day, South Area Canada goose season

Dec. 19 – Erie County Fisheries Advisory Board Meeting at Bison City Rod and Gun Club, 511 Ohio Street, Buffalo starting at 7 p.m.

Dec. 21 – Waterfowl blind drawings for Fort Niagara, Joseph Davis, Wilson-Tuscarora and Golden Hill state parks at the Fort Niagara State Park Maintenance Building at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Call 745-7273 for questions.

Dec. 23 – Home for the Holidays Sporting Clays Shoot at North Forest Rod and Gun Club, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport. Registration at 8:30 a.m. Shooting  9 a.m.-2 p.m. (last squad). This will be a 50-bird sporting clays shoot, European start. $15 fee for 50 birds, $20 for Lewis option. Call Bryan Meahl for addition information or to register at 628-6238.

Dec. 23 – 118th Annual Christmas Bird Count. Call Beaver Meadow at 585-457-3228 to register. Birders of all ages and experience levels are welcome.

Dec. 26 – Duck and goose seasons reopen in the Western Zone for ducks, West-Central and South areas for go

Dec. 28 – Waterfowl blind drawings for Fort Niagara, Joseph Davis, Wilson-Tuscarora and Golden Hill state parks at the Fort Niagara State Park Maintenance Building at 6:30 p.m. Call 745-7273 for questions.

Dec. 30 – Niagara Rapids Birding with Buffalo Audubon and naturalist Tom Kerr at Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park. Call 585-457-3228 to register.

Dec. 30 – Fur Handling Seminar by the Erie County Trappers Association at the Collins Conservation Club, 2633 Conger Road, Collins, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Patti at 337-2556 for more info. Free to attend.

Dec. 31 – Beaver Island Blizzard Bash at the Beaver Island Nature Center, 10 a.m. to noon. A snowshoe hike along the Niagara River. Call 549-1050 to register.

Jan. 1, 2018 – Lake trout season opens in the lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario in New York waters.

Jan. 1, 2018 – New license year in effect in the Province of Ontario waters.

Jan. 1 – NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament through Feb. 28. Seven species categories. Open water or through the ice. Check out www.nyswinterclassic.com for details.

Jan. 1 – New Year’s Sporting Clay Shoot, Tonawandas Sportsmen’s Club, 5657 Killian Road, North Tonawanda. Sign-up and breakfast 9 a.m., shooting 10 a.m.

Jan. 1 – First day hikes will be taking place in state parks at Evangola (10 a.m. to noon) and Knox Farm (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Call 549-1050 to preregister. Hikes are also set up for DeVeaux Woods (10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) and Niagara Falls State Park (1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.). Call 282-5154 to preregister.

Jan. 4 – Waterfowl blind drawings for Fort Niagara, Joseph Davis, Wilson-Tuscarora and Golden Hill state parks at the Fort Niagara State Park Maintenance Building at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Call 745-7273 for questions.

Jan. 6 – Knox Farm State Park cross-country ski from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 549-1050 to register.

Jan. 6 – DeVeaux Woods State Park snowshoe from 10 a.m. to noon. Snowshoes provided.  Call 282-5154 to register.

Jan. 6-7 – Niagara Frontier Gun Show at Hamburg Fairgrounds. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. $7 admission. Check out www.nfgshows.com for more info.

Jan. 7 – Alabama Hunt Club monthly shoot and meeting, Lewiston Road, Alabama starting at 11 a.m. Contact John Szumigala for more information at 714-5514.

Jan. 7 – Knox Farm State Park snowshoeing (snowshoes provided) from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 549-1050 to register.

Jan. 7 – WNY Winter 3-D Archery League will be starting up, a traveling league that includes Collins, Evans, Glen Coe and West Falls clubs. Teams are encouraged to join with members of three to six per team. Walk on shooters are welcome. For more information contact Ike Loretto at 803-9096.

Jan. 14 – WNY Environmental Federation meeting at 2 p.m. at Hoak’s Restaurant, S4100 Lakeshore Road, Hamburg. In case of bad weather contact Dan Tone at 655-0975.

Jan. 14 -- Start of winter trap and 3-D archery leagues at Alden Rod & Gun Club, 12 County Line Road. Trap will be 50 birds scratch and shoot every other Sunday. Archery will be a 3-D indoor shoot the same dates. For trap, call Tom Ess at 431-9292; for archery call Phil Williams at 553-7445.

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