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Outdoors Calendar

Jan. 31 – Full Moon Snowshoe Tour with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper at the Stella Niagara Preserve, Lewiston , 5:30 p.m.  Go to the website at to register.

Jan. 31 – Free fly tying/fly fishing classes every Wednesday (formerly on Tuesday) at the Costello Room, Rockefeller Arts Center, SUNY Fredonia from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information contact Alberto Rey at 410-7003 or visit

Jan. 31 – Final day for New York State Pistol Permit Recertification. Contact the county clerk or visit for details.

Jan. 31 – Final day, varying hare rabbit hunting season in the Southern Tier. Check out for details.

Feb. 1 – Deadline for the New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame nominations. For details go to

Feb. 1 – Orvis Buffalo will be hosting former Buffalo Sabre Jim Lorentz for a book signing with “Atlantic Salmon: Moody and Mysterious” at 6 p.m.

Feb 3 – The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the NWTF will host its banquet on Feb. 3 at Banchetti’s on North Forest Road in Amherst. There will be live and silent auctions with raffles featuring 14 guns. For info call Al Gai at 937-3271.

 Feb. 3 – Niagara River Anglers Assn. Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest in the lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario tributaries. Sign up at Creek Road Bait and Tackle, Lewiston, the Slippery Sinker in Olcott or at the launch ramp in Lewiston the morning of the contest.

Feb. 3 - Snowshoeing and Cocoa at the Darwin Martin House State Historic Site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info or to register call 549-1050.

Feb. 3 – Superb Owl Saturday at the Buffalo Audubon’s Beaver Meadow Center in North Java from 2 to 5 p.m. There will also be an Owl Prowl from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. that you must preregister for at 585-457-3228.

Feb. 3 – Niagara Frontier Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation Hunting Heritage Banquet at Banchetti’s Banquet Facility, Amherst. For more info contact Al Gai at 937-3271.

Feb. 3-4 – Kid Fest at WNED-TV (140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo starting at noon each day. Learn about birds, fish, animals and fun in the outdoors. $12 adults, $10 kids. Call 845-7000 Ext. 100 for more info.

Feb. 4 – Alabama Hunt Club monthly black powder shoot and meeting at the range and clubhouse located on Lewiston Road, Alabama starting at 9 a.m. for relay one and 11 a.m. for relay two. Contact John Szumagala at 714-5514 for more info.

Feb. 4 --  Winter trap league and open shooting  continues at Allied Sportsmen Club 12846 Clinton St., Alden. The league will shoot every other Sunday 11 am-2 pm. Includes 50 birds/Sunday, total 300 targets. Unlimited shoot ahead & shoot back. Must be there for final Sunday for class shoot off. New shooters, public and non-league shooters welcome. Food will be available. Call Joe Truty for info. 867-1458.

Feb. 4 – Niagara Frontier Gun Show at the Alexander Fireman’s Rec Hall, 10708 Alexander Road, Alexander from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit for other details.

Feb. 7 – Buffalo Audubon’s naturalist Mark Carra will be giving a hike with the theme “The Dynamic World beneath the Snow.” Pre-registration required at 585-457-3228. Cost is $5.

Feb. 8 - Orvis Buffalo will be hosting noted author Rick Kustich for a book signing and talk on local steelhead tactics, as well as a special screening of the DVD Spey Daze. It begins at 6 p.m.

Feb. 10 – Evangola State Park Forest to Lake Snowshoe Hike from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 549-1050 for information or to preregister.

Feb. 10 – Animal Tracks Snowshoe Tour at DeVeaux Woods State Park, Niagara Falls, 10 a.m. Go to the website at to register.

Feb. 10 – Shoot N’ Hoot at North Forest Rod and Gun Club, Lockport for the ladies. NRA Training Class Part 1 with a Gun Safety Seminar and Power Point presented by NRA Women Instructors. Register by Feb. 7. Shooting to follow. Ammo is supplied. Register with Colleen Gaskill at 628-9023.

Feb. 10 – Buffalo Audubon will present “Everything Snowshoes” with naturalist Mark Carra at the Beaver Meadow Center in North Java from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 585-457-3228 to register. $5 for use of snowshoes.

Feb. 11 – Woodland Winter Walk at Knox Farm State Park from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info and to register call 549-1050.

Feb. 13 – Niagara County Second Amendment Forum monthly meeting at the Wilson Conservation Club, Wilson-Cambria Road, Wilson (Route 425),  7 p.m.

Feb. 15 – Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY monthly meeting at the clubhouse located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg,  7:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Mike Steffes with Warrior Lures.

Feb. 15 – Erie County SCOPE will hold its monthly meeting at Harvey D. Morin Post, 965 Center Road, West Seneca, 7 p.m.

Feb. 17 – Harry Smith Installation Dinner and Dance with the Southtowns Walleye Association, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Visit for more info.

Feb. 17 – Youth/Adult Fly Tying Classes hosted by the Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International at the Reinstein Woods Educational Building, 93 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga from 1 to 4:30 p.m. This is the first of four classes. For more info call 675-4766.

Feb. 17 – Winter Wonderland Ski Tour at Evangola State Park from 10 a.m. to noon. Cross-country skiing with the Buffalo Nordic Ski Club. Call 549-1050 to register or for more info.

Feb. 17 – Great Backyard Bird Count. Join Buffalo Audubon at Beaver Meadow in North Java. Free but you must preregister by calling 585-457-3228.

Feb. 17-18 – Niagara Frontier Gun Show at the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department, 11392 Ridge Road (Route 104), Medina, 9 a.m. each day. Visits for more info.


Feb. 17 – Animals in Winter program with naturalist Mark Carra at Buffalo Audubon’s Beaver Meadow in N. Java. Pre-registration required. Fee is $5. Call 585-457-3228 to register. Times are 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 18 – Cross Country Ski Tour at Knox Farm State Park from 1-3 p.m. hosted by Buffalo Audubon. Bring your own skis. Call 585-457-3228 to register.

Feb. 22 – Junior Audubon Club – What do you wonder about birds? From 10 a.m. to noon. Held at Beaver Meadow in N. Java. Call 585-457-3228 to register.

Feb. 24 – Ice World Erie Exploration at Evangola State Park from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 549-1050 to register or for more info.

Feb. 24 – Birding on the River at Beaver Island State Park. Call 282-5154 to register or for more info.

Feb. 24 – Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper will be hosting an Explore Water at its source in our headwaters forests at Hunters Creek County Park in Wales starting at 10 a.m. Register at

Feb. 25 – Orvis Buffalo will be hosting WNY guide Alberto Rey at noon for a fly tying demonstration of his “Cuban Flea” fly and discuss tactics for local steelhead. The shop is located at 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville.


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