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

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

• Erie County Trappers Association, Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. An open trapping discussion. Call 337-2556.

• Genesee County Chapter of 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 of WNY, 12846 Clinton St., Marilla, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Call 937-3615.

• Iroquois Arms Collectors, Frontier Volunteer Fire Co., 2176 Liberty Dr., Niagara Falls, 8 p.m., Wednesday. Call Don Clark (791-4628).

• Buffalo Ornithological Society, Buffalo Museum of Science, Cummings Room, Humboldt Pkwy., 7 p.m., Monday. David Gordon will discuss “The Christmas Bird Count.”

• Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association, 4-H Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport, 7 p.m., Thursday. Capt. Jim Skoczylas will discuss “Catching Walleye and Salmon with Torpedo Divers.” Call 636-0519.

• WNY Environmental Federation, Hoak’s Restaurant, 1 p.m., March 17. Call Zen Olow (640-2776).


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

• Niagara Region 2013 Winter 3-D League, Batavia Coon Hunters, 8776 Hopkins Rd., Holland, sunrise to 1 p.m., March 17. Call Ken Marble (585) 356-1282.

• WNY Field Archers and Bowhunters Indoor Shoot, Leo’s at West Falls Conservation Society, March 17. Call 652-4650.

• Hawkeye Bowmen “Wild Animal Shoot”, 13300 Clinton St., Marilla. March 23. Kitchen opens at 6 a.m., shooting starts at 7 a.m., March 23. Call 998-4857.

Shooting sports

• Boston Valley Conservation Society 2013 Spring Trap League, 9624 Zimmerman Rd., a 10-week league starting March 17, shooting 9 a.m.–noon Sundays and 6-8 p.m., Thursdays. Team and individual shooters welcome. Call 649-4651.

• Tonawanda Sportsmen’s Club Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Sporting Clays Fun Shoot, 5657 Killian Rd., Pendleton, signups start at 9 a.m., shooting begins at 10 a.m., March 17. Call 692-2161 (Wednesday nights and weekends).

• North Forest Rod & Gun Club “Ladies Shoot ‘N Hoot,” 2 p.m., Saturday, special rates for junior ladies (ages 12-17), register by Wednesday. For details, call 439-1464 or email:

Certification classes


• Springville Field and Stream, Chase Rd. 7:30-noon, Saturday and March 23, and 6-8 p.m., March 25. Register at first class.

• Lake Shore Firemen’s Exempt, 4591 Lake Shore Rd., Hamburg, 6-10 p.m., March 18 and 21 and 9 a.m.-done, March 23. Call 432-3049.

• Getzville Fire Company, 630 Dodge Rd., Amherst, 6-10 p.m., March 19, 21 and 26. Register at

• NCA Club, 1123 County Route 36, Wayland, 6-9 p.m., March 22 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m., March 23. Call (585) 384-9383.

• Elma Conservation Club, 699 Creek Rd., Home study course, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., April 14. Starting Friday, register and obtain study materials by calling 681-5690.


• Niagara Gun Range, 3355 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda, 6-10 p.m., March 19 and 21. Call 693-4000 (9 a.m.-9 p.m.).


• Firearms Training of WNY Classes: “NYS Pistol Permit Classes,” Northtown Center, Williamsville, 6-9 p.m., Tuesday; VFW Post No. 1419, Hamburg, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, and Five Star Bank, Wayland, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., or 2-6 p.m., March 17. “Utah, Florida and Arizona Conceal Carry Class,” Five Star Bank, Wayland, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 17. Call 903-2558 or go to

• Jim Carr “Utah-Arizona-Florida Pistol Permit class,” Niagara Gun Range, North Tonawanda, 9 a.m., Saturday. Call 693-4000.

• ZZ Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, “8-Hour Pre-Assignment Class,” 8:30 a.m., Tuesday. Call 822-1043 or go to


• Niagara Frontier Gun Show: Knights of Columbus Hall, 2735 Union Rd., Cheektowaga 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., today. Call 542-9929.

• Little Valley 2013 Sportsmen’s Show, Green Gable Village, Salamanca and Great Valley, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., March 17. Call 938-6928.


• 19th Annual Niagara Musky Association Awards Banquet, Pearl at the Webb, 94 Pearl St., Saturday. Call Scott McKee (225-3816).

• Niagara Frontier Friends of NRA 18th Annual Banquet, Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, Depew, 5 p.m., March 23. Call 866-7656.

• WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited Annual Fundraising Banquet, Lucarelli’s Banquet Center, Lackawanna, 6 p.m., March 23. for information email:

• Safari Club International Banquet Michael’s Banquet Facility, Hamburg, March 23. Call 652-9460, 998-1353 or 565-1980.

• Bison City Rod & Gun Club Drawing Fundraiser, 511 Ohio St., March 23. Call 855-1139.

• New York Bowhunters Banquet, Inn on the Lake, Canandaigua, April 6. Call Andrew Cotraccia (585) 520-2630.

Honor rolls

• Duck Unlimited presented the Outstanding Support and Contribution of Wetlands Award to Environmental Conservation Officers Scott Marshall Jim Hunt during the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs Annual Awards Banquet. Marshall raised pheasants at his own expense and released the birds during a DU Youth Pheasant Hunt. That evening, the Erie County Trappers Association honored Chris “Hoot” Gerling with its Trapper of the Year Award.

• Southtowns Walleye Association honored several recipients at its awards banquet: Elected Official, Mark Grisanti; Public Servant, Dan Tone; Conservationist, Patti Wattengel; Blast From The Past Award, Jerry May; Lou Podger Award, Richard Shafer; Jim Ridge Award, Bob Merrick; Youth of the Year Award, Calaghan Couell; and Harry A. Smith Award, Dennis Stoberl. President’s Awards: Don Mullen, George Szczublewski and Doug Freeman.


• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java. Events: “Maple Harvest Festival,” Saturday and March 17; and “Walk at Knox Farm State Park – Trees Speak,” 9 a.m., Saturday. All programs are by pre-registration unless noted. For details, call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10), or go to

• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: “Nature’s Circle: Spring Tails (For ages 2-3),” 10:30-11:15 a.m., Monday; and “Wellness Walk (all ages),” 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday. 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: “Growing Garden Series for Kids: Plants from seeds (for ages 6-8) (Part 1 of 3),” 10:30 a.m., Saturday. For all programs and registration details, call 683-5959.

• Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: “First Day of Spring Walk,” Reservoir State Park, 10 a.m.–noon, March 20, call 282-5154.

• Foothills Trail Club Events: “Ice Skating at Rotary Rink,” 6 p.m., Wednesday, call 675-3989; “Walton Woods — Hike or Snowshoe,” for meeting time on Saturday, call 548-8039; “Beaver Meadow Audubon Center — Hike or Snowshoe,” 10:30 a.m., Saturday, call (585) 457-9892; and “The Olmsted Parks — Cazenovia and South Park,” 1:30 p.m., March 17, call 675-3989.

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

• Hamburg Natural History Society Event: “Penn Dixie Volunteer Training Program, Gateway Executive Office Auditorium, 3556 Lake Shore Rd., Blasdell, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday. Call 627-4560 or go to

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: “Sycamore Trail Trek,” 10 a.m., Wednesday; “Evening Waterfalls Walk,” 6 p.m., Friday; “‘Bit of Green’ Signs of Spring Walk,” 10 a.m., March 17; and “Indoor Ed-Venture — Overwintering Mushrooms,” 2:30 p.m., March 17. For all programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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