• Orleans County Chapter of SCOPE, Platt Street VFW Post, Albion, 7 p.m., Monday. Call (585) 765-9122.

• Erie County Conservation Society, 13319 Miller Ave., Chaffee, 7 p.m., Monday. Call (585) 457-3883.

• Central and WNY Chapter of Safari Club International, Michael’s Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Call 652-9460.

• Erie County Trappers Association, Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, Hickox Road, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Annual Family Christmas Party and Awards Night. Call 337-2556.

• Wyoming/Genesee County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Louie’s Lounge, Attica, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call (585) 591-0339.

• Erie County Bassmasters, Nowak’s Bar, 1458 Lovejoy, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. Call 897-1220.

• Allied Sportsmen Club, 12846 Clinton St., Marilla, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Call 937-3615.

• Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association, 4-H Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave. (Route 78) Lockport, 7 p.m., Thursday. Call 636-0519.


• The WNY Winter 3-D Archery League begins Jan. 6 and goes to March 24 with matches at four area clubs. For league registration details, check with these contacts: Mike Cummings, West Falls Conservation Society (432-6035); Ike Loretto, Collins Conservation Club (803-9096); Ray Zylinski Jr., Evans Rod & Gun Club (866-5072); or Dave Procknal, Glen Coe Conservation Club (377-0733).

• Alden Rod & Gun Club, 12 County Line Rd., Indoor Archery League, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., alternate Sundays, starting Jan. 13. Call Chris Lux, (912-5537).

Shooting sports

• Alden Rod & Gun Club, 12 County Line Rd., Winter Trap League, every other week, Jan. 13 to March 24, a 50 Bird (total 300) Scratch League. Practice shooters welcome. Sign up time 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for each shoot. For league details, call Tom Ess (937-6612).

Certification classes


• LaSalle Sportsmen’s Club, 2445 Tuscarora Rd., Niagara Falls, registration meeting at 6 p.m., Jan. 2 and classes 6-10:30 p.m., Jan. 3, 9 and 10. Call 297-0410 after 4 p.m.


• Firearms Training of WNY Classes: “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” Northtown Center, Williamsville, 9 a.m. - noon, Saturday. “Utah, Florida & Arizona Conceal Carry Class,” Northtown Center, Williamsville, 5:45-9:45 p.m., Tuesday. Call 903-2558 or go to

• Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, “In-Service Class,” 9 a.m., Friday; and “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” 10 a.m., Saturday. Call 822-1043 or go to


• Hamlin Town Hall, 1658 Lake Rd., Saturday. Call (585) 964-7222.

• Swormville Fire Dept., 6971 Transit Rd., Saturday. Call 439-1240.

• VFW Post, Route 535, Little Valley, Saturday. Call 938-9191.

• Stafford Fire Hall, 6153 Main Rd. (Route 5), Saturday. Call (585) 548-9951.


• Niagara Frontier Gun Show: Harborcreek Fire Department Social Hall, Route 20, Harborcreek, Pa., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 16. Call 542-9929 or go to

• Greater Rochester/Southern Tier Branch of Quality Deer Management Association free seminar, Honeoye Falls-Lima High School Auditorium, 83 East St., 7 p.m., Jan. 6. QDMA wildlife biologist Kip Adams will discuss “Buck Biology, Aging Bucks on the Hoof and Jawbone Aging.” For details call Mike Edwards at (585) 813-2021.


• 18th Annual Safari Club International Game Dinner, Michael’s Banquet Facility, Hamburg, doors open at 4 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., Friday. For reservations, call Marvin Winter (984-2773), Mark Mann (655-1784) or Robert Keicher (668-1332, ext. 311).

• New York State Conservation Council Fundraiser, Southtowns Walleye Association Clubhouse, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 3:30-6:30 p.m., Saturday. Recently elected NYSCC President Chuck Parker will informally discuss council functions and outcomes. For reservations, call Zen Olow, (640 2776), Joe Fischer (684-5826), Larry Becker (585-493-3057), or Dan Tone (655-0975).


• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Events: “Boy Scout Merit Badge Workshop – Mammal Study,” 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday; “Walk at Knox Farm State Park – Tree Tales,” 9 a.m., Saturday; and “Winter Waterfowl at Buckhorn State Park with Naturalist Tom Kerr,” 10 a.m., Saturday. For all programs, call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or go to

• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: “Nature’s Circle: Cones and Needles (for ages 2-3),” 10:30-11:15 a.m., Monday; “Wellness Walk,” 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday; and “Hibernating for the Holidays (for ages 3 and older),” 2-3:30 p.m., Saturday. For all programs and registration details, call 825-6397, ext. 338.

• Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Programs: “After School Escape (for grades K to 5),” 4:30 p.m., Thursday; and “Snowbirds Snowshoe Walk,” 1:30 a.m., Saturday. For registration details and all programs, call 683-5959.

• Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks programs: “Go and Catch a Falling Star!” Geminid Meteor Shower,”; Evangola State Park, 6-8 p.m., Thursday, call 549-1050; “Christmas Crafts,” DeVeaux State Park, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, call 282-5154. The Winter Activities schedule begins with afternoon “First Day Hikes” on Jan. 1 at Niagara Falls, Whirlpool, Fort Niagara and Wilson Tuscarora state parks. For details on each, call 282-5154.

• Buffalo Ornithological Society Christmas Bird Count Sites: St. Bonaventure, Saturday, call 925-7109; Wilson-Lake Plains, Saturday, call 491-4408; Buffalo, Dec. 16, call 390-1429; St. Catharines, Ont., Dec. 16, call (905) 871-2577; and Jamestown, Dec. 16, call 664-4204.

• Foothills Trail Club Events: “Williamsville Escarpment Holiday Lights Walk,” 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, call 691-6750; “Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve — Hike, Snowshoe or Cross Country Ski,” 10 a.m., Thursday, call 208-6317; “Deer Lick Nature Sanctuary, Gowanda,” 9:30 a.m., Sat. call 433-4546; and “Eighteen Mile Creek,” 1:30 p.m., Dec. 16, call 646-5034.

• Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Event: For all club events and extended weekend outings, visit

• Buffalo Nordic Ski Club Open House, Daemen College Wick Center, 4380 Main St., Amherst, 7:30-10 p.m., Wednesday. Free and open to all interested in cross country skiing.

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Program: “38th Annual Christmas Bird Count,” all day, Saturday. For all programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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