• Erie County Trappers Association, Hamburg Rod & Gun Club. Open topics forum. Call 337-2556.

• Genesee County SCOPE, Calvary Baptist Church, Batavia, 7 p.m., Tuesday. Call (585) 494-2314.

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

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

• Iroquois Arms Collectors Association, Frontier Volunteer Fire Co., 2176 Liberty Drive, Niagara Falls, 8 p.m., Wednesday. Call 791-4628.

• Buffalo Nordic Ski Club, Gander Mountain, 880 Young St., Town of Tonawanda, 7-9 p.m., Wednesday. Open to members and non-members.

• Buffalo Ornithological Society, Cummings Room, Buffalo Museum of Science, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Chris Ward will discuss “How and Why Birders Should Use EBird.”

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


• WNY 2013 Winter 3-D League, Evans Rod & Gun Club, Cain Road, Angola, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb. 17, call Ray Zylinski Jr. (866-5072).

• Niagara Region 2013 Winter 3-D League, Wood and Brook Sportsman’s Club, Alden, sunrise to 1 p.m., Feb. 17. Call Marty Handley (870-2653) or Ron Nelson (799-3813).

• WNY Field Archers and Bowhunters Indoor Shoot, Rochester Bowhunters at C&C Archery, 7149 West Main St. (Route 5), LeRoy, starts at 8 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Feb. 17. Call (585) 768-6637.

• West Falls Conservation Society Winter Indoor 3-D Archery League, 55 Bridge St., shoots Fridays starting at 7 p.m. to April 26. All archers are welcome. For additional details, call 432-6035.

Shooting sports

• Third Annual Western Region Indoor New York State Championship, Boston Valley Conservation Club, 9624 Zimmerman Road, March 9 and 10. For details, call Jim Bugenhagen (200-3466).

• NRA 2013 Open Indoor Championships Conventional Pistol Sectional, Ten-X Shooting Club, 853 Ransom Rd., Lancaster, March 15-17. For an entry form, go to Mail entries to Keith Gaylord, Match Secretary; P.O. Box 226; Lancaster, NY 14086.

Certification classes


• Oatka Fish and Game Club, 8669 Wilcox Road, LeRoy. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Feb. 18 and 20 and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Feb. 23. Pre-register (in person) during business hours at the LeRoy Town Clerk’s Office, 48 Main St.

• Niagara Gun Range, 3355 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda, 6-10 p.m., Feb. 25, 26 and 27. Call 693-4000.

• LaSalle Sportsmen’s Club, Niagara Falls, 6 p.m., March 6, 7, 13 and 14. Register (in person) at first class. For more information, call 297-0410 after 4 p.m.


• NRA Certified Pistol Course, Wesleyan Church, Appleton, 6-9 p.m., Thursday. Call Larry Koch (778-9935).

• Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, “8-Hour Annual Pre-Assignment Class,” 8:30 a.m., Thursday; and “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” 10 a.m., Saturday For information, call 822-1043 or go to

• Firearms Training of WNY Classes: “NYS Pistol Permit Classes,” VFW Post No. 1419, Hamburg, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday and Northtown Center, Williamsville, 6-9 p.m., Friday and 1:30-4:30 p.m., Feb. 17. “Utah, Florida and Arizona Conceal Carry Class,” Clarion Hotel, Dunkirk, 5:45 a.m.-9:45 p.m., Tuesday. Call 903-2558 or go to

• Jim Carr “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” Freeman’s Sport Shop, Akron, 6 p.m.,

Feb. 21, call 778-9431. “Utah-Arizona-Florida Pistol Permit class,” Niagara Gun Range, 55 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda, Saturday. Call 693-4000.

• Mike Repko NYS Pistol Permit Course, Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, 8 a.m.-noon, Feb. 23. Call 652-0374.


• U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-3 Buffalo “About Boating Safely Course,” St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church Hall, Cheektowaga, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Call 901-0722 or email:


• Orvis Buffalo Free Fly Tying 101 Class, Eastern Hills Mall, Williamsville, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday. Call 276-7200.

• Niagara Frontier Collectors Gun Show: Springville Gun Show, Springville Volunteer Fire Dept., 405 West Main St., Feb. 23-24. Call 542-9929 or go to

• Seneca Allegany Sportsman’s Show, Seneca Allegany Event Center, Salamanca, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and Feb. 17.

For details, go to


• Southtowns Walleye Association Installation and Awards Banquet, Lucarelli’s Banquet Center, Lackawanna, Saturday. Call Mike McCloud (941-5314).

• Southtowns Chapter of Ducks Unlimited 32nd Annual Banquet, Creekside Banquet Facility, 2589 Union Road, Cheektowaga, 6 p.m., Feb. 23. For more information call 674-3075.

• Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs Annual Banquet and Awards Dinner, Father Justin Knights of Columbus Hall, Cheektowaga, March 2. Call Dave Smyczynski (949-9483).

• Wyoming/Genesee County Chapter of Pheasants Forever Banquet, Alexander Fire Hall, Attica, March 2. Call (585) 591-0609 or (585) 993-6120.

• WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Lucarelli’s Banquet Center, March 23. Email:


• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Events: “Great Backyard Bird Count, Friday, Feb. 18 (for instructions, go to; “Winter Ecology at North Tonawanda Audubon Preserve,” 8 a.m., Saturday; “Walk at Knox Farm State Park – Tracking Wildlife, 9 a.m., Saturday; and “Winter Tree ID Hike,” 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Feb. 17. All programs are by pre-registration unless noted. For all programs, call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or go to

• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: “Little Tykes Snowshoe Stroll (for ages 2-5),” 10-11 a.m., Monday; “Wellness Walk,” 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday; “Frosty Fun Festival,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday; and “Life at the Bitter Edge: Winter Activity of NYS Insects,” a Friends of Tifft Event, 2-4 p.m., Feb. 17.

Registration required for these events.

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; “Winter Birding,” 10:30 a.m., Saturday; and “Cross Country Ski Tour,” 1 p.m., Feb. 17.

For registration details and all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

• Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: “Valentine’s Day Candle Lantern Snowshoe Walk,” DeVeaux Woods State Park, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, call 282-5154; and “Ice Bridges,” Niagara Falls State Park, 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m., Saturday, call 282-5154.

• Foothills Trail Club Events: “Walton Woods – Hike or Snowshoe,” Friday, call 548-8039; “Becker’s Pond,” Saturday, call 675-3989; and “Elma Meadows Cross Country Ski,” 1:30 p.m., Feb. 17, call 675-3989.

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

• Paths, Peaks and Paddles Event: “Kayak and Canoe Safety Rescue Clinic,” Williamsville South High School, 5950 Main St., 7-9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25 and March 4; and “Snowshoeing in Zoar Valley,” 10 a.m., Feb. 17. Call 213-0350 or go to

• Hamburg Natural History Society Event: Dr. Rick Batt presentation, “Seashells: What Are They and Where Are They From, A Look at Conchology,” Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Call 627-4560 or go to

• Wild Spirit Education Class: “Great Backyard Bird Count Free Training Class,” Delevan Scout Building, 10 Main St., 7 p.m., Friday. Call 492-3223 or go to

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: “Novice Nature Ski Hike,” 1 p.m., Saturday and Feb. 17; “Winter Wonder Walk,” 2:30 p.m., Saturday; “Family Nature Walk – Pine Pond, 10 a.m., Feb. 17; and “Intermediate Nature Ski Hike,” 2:30 p.m., Feb. 17. For all programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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