• New York Walleye Association, American Legion Post No. 1041, 533 Amherst St., 7:30 p.m., Jan. 7. Call 875-8148.

• Niagara Musky Association, The Eldredge Club, 17 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, 7 p.m., Jan. 7. Call 225-3816.

• WNY Chapter of Safari Club International, Michael’s Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7 p.m., Jan. 8. Call 565-1980.


• Niagara Region 2014 3-D Winter League begins Jan. 5 at Allied Sportsmen in Alden, shooting for 12 weeks at clubs around Western New York. For the nearest club site and league details, call John Peters at 585-496-5819.

• West Falls Conservation Society, 55 Bridge St., Leagues: Winter Indoor 3-D Archery League starts at 7 p.m., Jan. 3, continuing for 12 weeks. Cost is $5/wk. All archers welcome. For entry details, call Mike Cummings at 337-0126.

• Alden Rod & Gun Club Indoor Archery League, 12 County Line Road, Jan. 12 to March 23, shooting every other week. Practice shooters welcome. Sign up time is 11:00 a.m.-3 p.m. call Phil Williams (553-4775).

Shooting sports

• Evans Rod & Gun Club Winter Trap League, 864 Cain Road, Angola, starts Jan. 4, shooting Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m. For details, call John Szewczyk (627-3583).

• Allied Sportsmen Club of WNY, 12846 Clinton St., Alden, Leagues: (1) Informal Pistol League, starts Jan. 1, Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. for beginning shooters to learn NRA National Match Course shooting; (2) Winter Trap League, begins Jan. 5, held every other Sunday to March 16, the day of the league banquet. Shooting times, noon to 3 p.m. in any weather conditions. Call 937-3615.

• Tonawanda Sportsmen’s Club Annual New Year’s Day Sporting Clays Hangover Shoot, 5657 Killian Road, Pendleton, sign up begins at 9 a.m., shooting starts at 10 a.m., Jan. 1. Call 692-2161.

Certification classes


• Perry area, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For registration call (585) 237-2345, 7-9 p.m.


• Jim Carr Utah-Arizona-Florida Pistol Permit Class, K&K Guns, Varysburg, 8 a.m., Jan. 4. Call (585) 535-0248.

• Firearms Training of WNY Class: “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” VFW Post No. 1419, 2985 Lakeview Road, Hamburg, 6-9 p.m., Jan. 8. Call 903-2558 or go to

• Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna: “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” 10 a.m., Jan. 11. Call 822-1043 or go to


• Public Safety Training Center, 1190 Scottsville Road, Rochester, Saturday. To pre-register, call (585) 467-1065.


• Erie County Trappers Association Fur Handling Seminar, Collins Conservation Club, 2633 Conger Road, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 4. Free demonstrations and open to kids and all interested in trapping functions. Call 337-2556 or 532-2457.

Honor roll

Amherst residents David Starck and Jody Swanson Starck are the first spouses ever to be shortlisted for the sport of sailing’s awards in the same year. Jody for the sixth time; David for the second time. She was selected Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year in 1989 and 2004. Winners will be announced in mid-January.


• Calvary Sportsmen’s Association 25th Annual Sportsmen’s Night, Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Road, Batavia, doors open at 5 p.m., Jan. 11. Reservation deadline Jan. 6. Call (585) 474-1534.


• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Events: Center closed Tuesday and Wednesday; “Annual Old Growth Forest Hike at Beaver Meadow,” 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday; “Iroquois Observation Program-Oak Orchard Christmas Bird Count,” Friday, call (585) 721-8202; “Niagara Gulls-Naturalist Tom Kerr Leads a Multi-Stop Tour Along the Niagara River,” 9 a.m., Saturday; and “Boy Scout Merit Badge Workshop-Nature Merit Badge,” 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday. Most events require registration. For details, call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10) or go to

• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Events: “Wellness Walk,” 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday; “Hot Chocolate Hike,” 6-7:30 p.m., Saturday; and “Little Tykes Mini Nature Camp: W is for Winter (for ages 3-5),” 9:30-11:30 a.m., Dec. 30. Registration required. For all programs and registration details, call 825-6397 (ext. 338).

• Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: “After School Escape (for students in K-5),” 4:30 p.m., Thursday; “Learn to Cross-Country Ski,” 10:30 a.m., Saturday. For registration details and all programs, call 683-5959.

• Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs: “First Day: Let’s Go to Niagara Falls!,” Niagara Falls State Park, 1-3 p.m., Jan. 1; “First Day Along the Niagara River,” DeVeaux Woods-Whirlpool State Park, 1-3 p.m., Jan. 1; “First Day Hike with Views,” Fort Niagara State Park, 1-3 p.m., Jan. 1; and “First Day Hike in the Woods,” Wilson-Tuscarora State Park, 1-3 p.m., Jan. 1. For all sites, call 285-0516.

• Foothills Trail Club Events: “Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve-Hike, Snowshoe, or Cross Country Ski,” 10 a.m., Thursday, call 208-6319; “Chestnut Ridge Park,” 11:30 a.m., Saturday, call 254-4285; “Conservation Trail-Getman Road to Sumner Road,” Dec. 29, call 826-1939.

• Paths, Peaks and Paddles Program: “Tuesday Evening Hike,” 108700 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda, 5:55 p.m.-9 p.m. Call 213-0350 or go to

• Buffalo Ornithological Society Christmas Bird Count sites: “Oak Orchard”, Friday, call (585) 721-8202; “Niagara Falls (Ontario and New York),” Friday, call (905) 892-4433 or 751-3637; and “Hamburg-East Aurora,” Saturday, call 284-5569.

• Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Events: For all events, visit

• Hamburg Natural History Society Event: “Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing or Nature Walk at the Penn Dixie Site,” 10 a.m., Saturday. Call 627-4560 or go to

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Program: “Wolf Creek Valley Trek-Castile Entrance Gate,” 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, bring a lunch. Call (585) 493-3625.

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