• DEC and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Erie County Open Space Meeting, Woodlawn Beach State Park, S-350 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell, 7 p.m. Tuesday. If you are unable to attend, submit suggestions to the DEC via email at:

• Genesee County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Genesee Fish and Game Protective Association, Godfrey’s Pond, Stafford, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Call (585) 768-6278.

• Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Hanover Fish and Game, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, annual pancake dinner, meeting at 7 p.m. Call Zen Olow at 640-2776.

• Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Inc., Evans Rod & Gun Club, Cain Road, 7 p.m. Thursday. Call Chuck Godfrey at 440-6995.


• Niagara Region 2013 Winter 3-D League, no shoot Easter Weekend, next shoot: Wood and Brook Sportsmen’s Club, Alden, sunrise to 1 p.m. April 7. Call Marty Handley at 870-2653 or Ron Nelson at 799-3813.

Shooting sports

• Alden Rod & Gun Club Spring Trap League, 12 County Line Road, starts April 5, sign-up time Fridays, 6-9 p.m. to June 14. This is a 25-bird scratch league (300 bird total). All shooters welcome; a 50-bird shoot off at the banquet on June 15, practice shooters welcome. Call Tom Ess at 937-6612.

• Teen Shooting Academy Spring Session at Mohawk Rifle and Pistol Club, 851 Sheridan Dr., Tonawanda: Handgun Class (for ages 14-20), eight Monday classes, 6:30-9 p.m. starting April 15, register by April 6. Call Bob Church at 592-7211.

Certification classes


• West Falls Conservation Society, 55 Bridge St., 6:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 14. Call 662-5667.

• Elma Conservation Club, 660 Creek Road, 7-8 p.m. April 3, and 8 a.m. -5 p.m. April 14. Call 681-5690.

• Portville Conservation Club, Butternut Brook Road, 6-9:30 p.m. April 4 and 5, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 6. Call 307-7222.

• Dempsey Club, Wildcat Road (off Route 16 south of Olean), 1-5 p.m. April 4, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 6. Register at Olean High School or Middle School or email:

• The Lono Training Group, 5435 East Lake Road, Honeoye, 6-9 p.m. April 4 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 6. Register in person, 5-9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Go to

• Big M Sportsmen’s Club, 1549 County Road 43, Clifton Springs, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 6 and 7. Register in person at the club, 6-9 p.m. April 1.

• Southtowns Walleye Association, Hamburg, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 6 and 13. Call 627-0147.

• Carroll Rod & Gun Club, Frew Run Road, Frewsburg, 10 a.m.-noon April 6, 5:45-10 p.m. April 10, and 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m. April 13. Preregister at the club, 10 a.m.-noon April 6.

• Erie County Conservation Society, Holland, 8 a.m.-done April 6 and 7. Call 655-2328 or 807-5116.


• Springville Field and Stream, Chase Road, 7 a.m.-done, April 13, Home Study Course, Register and obtain study material at the Concord own Clerk’s Office, Monday to April 5.

• The Lono Training Group, 5435 East Lake Road, Honeoye, 6-9 p.m. April 12 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 13. Register in person, 5-9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Go to


• Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” 6 p.m. Tuesday. Call 822-1043 or go to

• Firearms Training of WNY Classes: “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” VFW Post No. 1419, Hamburg, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday and Northtown Center, Williamsville, 6-9 p.m. Thursday; “Utah, Florida and Arizona Conceal Carry Class,” Holiday Inn, Johnstown, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Call 903-2558 or go to

• Jim Carr Classes: “Surviving High Risk Encounters,” K&K Guns, Varysburg, 5:30 p.m. April 2, call (585) 535-0248; and “NYS Pistol Permit class,” Freeman’s Sport Shop, Akron, 6 p.m. April 4. Call 778-9431.


• Orvis Buffalo Free Fly Fishing 101 Classes, Eastern Hills Mall, Williamsville, weekends, beginning April 20. For times and reservation information, call 276-7200.

• S&S Taxidermy Annual Sportsmen’s Show, Route 219, Springville, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Free Big Buck Club scoring, representatives from Mathews, Mission, Prime, Bowtech, and Elite bows, all the 2013 line of bows and crossbows will be available to shoot, representatives from Deer Search, Erie County Trappers and Hoots furs will be on hand. Call 592-2404.


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

• Oak Orchard National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet, Carlton Rec Hall, 5:30 p.m. April 12. Call (585) 682-4495.

• Greater Rochester Quality Deer Management Association Southern Tier Branch First Annual Banquet and Auction, Lima Country Club, April 13. Call Mike Edwards at (585) 813-2021 or Dave Perotto at (585) 410-5551.

• Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs, Suzanne’s Fine Dining, Wheatfield, April 13. Call 433-3547.

• Eighth Annual John Long Sr. Raffle and Feast, St. Vincent De Paul Hall, Niagara Falls, 2-6 p.m. April 14. Call 628-1460.

• Niagara County Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation 18th Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet, Ransomville Volunteer Fire Co., 5 p.m. April 14. Call 791-3151 or 791-3624.


• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Events: “Crepuscular Hike at North Tonawanda Audubon Preserve,” 6–8 p.m. Friday; “Bluebird of our Happiness,” 10 a.m.-noon Saturday; “Habitat Restoration at Joseph Davis State Park,” 10 a.m. Saturday; and “Eagle Watch at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge,” 1–4 p.m. Saturday. All programs are by pre-registration unless noted. Call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or go to

• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: “Maple Sugar Full Moon Stroll,” 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday; “Wellness Walk (all ages),” 10 a.m.-noon Thursday; and “Spring Egg-stravaganza! A Celebration of Animals that Hatch from Eggs,” 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Friday. 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: “Family Full Moon Nature Walk,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; and “Bunny Basics,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday. For registration details and all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

• Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: “Night Sounds,” Evangola State Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, call 549-1050.

• Foothills Trail Club Event: “Amherst Bike Path,” 10 a.m. Saturday, call 735-7302.

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

• Hamburg Natural History Society Event: Penn Dixie Site open during Spring Break, Friday to April 7. For features and hours, call 627-4560 or go to

• Paths, Peaks and Paddles Events: “Full Worm Moon Hike,” Wilson Tuscarora State Park, 6 p.m. Tuesday, call 213-0350; and “Wilderness First Aid II,” starts Thursday. For class details, call 626-8080.

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Program: “Fiddler’s Elbow Trek,” 10 a.m. Thursday. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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