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Youths ages 14 to 20 have an opportunity to learn correct, safe shooting skills during a Teen Shooting Academy Handgun Class Spring Session at Mohawk Rifle and Pistol Club.

NRA certified instructors will conduct eight Monday night classes at 851 Sheridan Dr., Tonawanda, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. starting April 15. Young people will be taught the art of proper gun handling and target shooting.

A $50 fee includes all books, targets, cartridges, eye and ear protection and gun-cleaning equipment needed for all sessions. Boys and girls can earn an NRA Marksman Qualification Award. Teen Shooting Academy is a 501c(3) charitable organization; donations to TSA are fully tax-deductible. Parents and mentors can register youths by Saturday. For details, call Bob Church (592-7211).

Youth turkey hunt

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge’s popular Youth Turkey Hunt is now accepting applications for junior hunters ages 12 to 17.

The New York State Youth Hunt Days are set for April 20 and 21. To register, youths must complete an application form (no. 3-2356) that can be obtained in a PDF form or by calling the refuge at (585) 948-5445 (ext. 2212).

Applications must be submitted by April 10; 25 youths will be selected to participate in this hunt. For Internet access, go to fws.gov/refuge/Iroquois and click on “Visitor Activities.” In the “Special Hunt” box click on “Youth Hunt.”

Waterfowlers fare

Waterfowl hunters can offer input on 2013 season hunts in the region through a task force set up for the Western Region. Comments will be accepted for consideration by Friday.

For a listing of task force members and contact information for the hunts for this coming season, go to dec.ny.gov/outdoor/42364/html.

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