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Outdoors calendar (Dec. 25, 2019)

Dec. 25 – Woodlawn Beach Christmas Bird Count from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 549-1050 to register.

Dec. 28 – Erie County Trappers Association fur handling seminar 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Collins Conservation Club, 2633 Conger Road, Collins. Free. Trap supplies and fur hats will be for sale. A fur buyer will be available after the demo. Call Patti at 337-2556 for more information.

Dec. 28 – Family Nature Quest: Winter Wildlife at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, starting at 10:30 a.m. Call 683-5959 for details.

Dec. 28 – 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. First squad at 9 a.m. Last squad at 2 p.m. 75 bird European start for $25. Call John Butcher at 628-2211 for more info.

Dec. 28 – Niagara Rapids Gulls on Goat Island with Buffalo Audubon naturalist Tom Kerr from 10 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration required. Call 585-457-3228.

Dec. 31 – Beaver Island Blizzard Bash from 10 a.m. to noon. Try the new lightweight Atlas snowshoes. Call 549-1050 to register.

Jan. 1 – First day hike at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, starting at 11 a.m. Call 683-5959 for details.

Jan. 1 – First day hike in area state parks. In Erie County, hike Evangola State Park from 9-11 a.m.; and Knox Farm State Park from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 549-1050 to register for the hike.

Jan. 1 – First day hike in area State Parks. Niagara County, DeVeaux Woods State Park from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Niagara Falls State Park from 2-4 p.m.; Fort Niagara State Park from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 282-5154 to register.

Jan. 1 – New boating safety law goes into effect, phased in over 5 years.

Jan. 1-Feb. 29 – NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament across the state. For details check out www.nyswinterclassic.com.

Jan. 2-March 15 – Capt. Bob’s Outdoors Winter Fishing Contest. Categories include walleye, northern pike, perch, crappie, bluegill, lake trout, steelhead and rudd. Northern pike, steelhead and lake trout have a catch and release option with a tape measure and witness. Sign up at 10295 Main Street, Clarence. Call 407-3021 for more information.

Jan. 4 – New Year’s bird hike at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, starting at 9:30 a.m. Call 683-5959 for details.

Jan. 4 – 5-Stand Winter League starts at North Forest Rod and Gun Club, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport. League shooting hours Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. 10 weeks (50 targets weekly). Non-members welcome. Call John Butcher at 628-2211 for more info.

Jan. 4-5 – Niagara Frontier Gun Show at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5820 S. Park Ave., Hamburg. www.nfgshows.com. Call Bruce at 542-9929 for more information. 300 tables. Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission $7.

Jan. 5 – Niagara Region 3D Winter Archery League starts at Wood & Brook Sportsmen’s Club, 14038 Genesee Street (east of Crittenden). Participating clubs include Alden, Allied and Erie County CC. This is a 12-week league. Walk-ons welcome. Call John F. at 725-5822 or Marty H. at 870-2653.

Jan. 5, 2020 – Allied Sportsman Club Winter Trap League begins at 12846 Clinton Street, Alden. Every other Sunday at 11 a.m. 50-bird league. 300 total birds. New shooters and public welcome. Call Joe Truty at 867-1458.

Jan. 5 – Final day, Western Zone waterfowl season for ducks and coots.

Jan. 7 – Allied Sportsmen Indoor Archery SPOT League starts. They will shoot at 7 p.m. every first and third Tuesday at 12846 Clinton Street, Alden. Call John at 725-5822 or Kevin at 430-1059 for more info.

Jan 10 – Ten X Shooting Club youth rifle shooting program for ages 9 through 20. New and first-time shooters should arrive at 6 p.m. Shooting begins at 6:30 p.m. Membership is not required. Cost is $3 per night but no shooter is turned away. Call Matt Giansante at 622-0705 for more info.

Jan. 11-31 – Antlerless deer hunt in the Deer Management Focus Area in Tompkins County. A permit and carcass tags are required. Visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/82382.html.

Jan. 11 – Fly-Tying 101 at Orvis Buffalo, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, from 10 a.m. to noon. Register with Adam Slavinski at 276-7200 or online at www.orvis.com/buffalo.

Jan. 12 – Winter Trap League starts at Alden Rod and Gun Club, 12 County Line Road, Alden. Shoot every 2 weeks. 300-bird scratch league, 50 birds per week. Sign up 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Tom Ess for more info at 431-9292.

Jan. 12 – 3D Indoor Archery League starts at Alden Rod and Gun Club, 12 County Line Road, Alden. Shoot every 2 weeks. Sign up noon to 3 p.m. Call Tom Ess for more info at 431-9292.

Jan. 13 – Final day, South Area Canada goose season.

Jan. 14 – Second Amendment forEVER meeting at Wilson Conservation Club, 2934 Wilson-Cambria Road, Wilson, starting at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Michael Fillicetti, candidate for Niagara County Sheriff.

Jan. 14 – Indoor PPC shooting starts at Allied Sportsmen, every second and fourth Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Shoot the league or walk on and try it. 60 rounds per match on 3 different targets for $10. Allied is located at 12846 Clinton Street, Alden. For more info, contact John Floriano at 725-5822.

Jan. 18 – Fly-Tying 101 at Orvis Buffalo, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, from 10 a.m. to noon. Register with Adam Slavinski at 276-7200 or online at www.orvis.com/buffalo.

Submit calendar items to billhiltsjr@gmail.com at least 3 weeks in advance.

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