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Buffalo Audubon Society’s Sixteenth Annual Homestead Festival takes visitors back in time and place on Sept. 14.

On that day, the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center at 1610 Welsh Rd. in North Java will return to early times in America. Live music of an earlier era and period interpretations offer attendees a first-hand view of the crafts, costumes, and aura of times before modern electronics and engineering.

Activities go from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more details go to buffaloaudubon.org.

Teen shooting academy

The Teen Shooting Academy stands alone as the only school in New York State that teaches young people the art of shooting a handgun.

Instruction is half classroom and half on the range. Registration is open to ages 14 to 20. All sessions are held at Mohawk Rifle and Pistol Club, 851 Sheridan Drive, in Tonawanda.

National Rifle Association-certified instructors focus on safe gun handling and marksmanship skills for boys and girls enrolled in each class.

A $50 fee includes cartridges, targets and books required for course study. A registration deadline is set at Sept. 14 and seating is limited.

For registration details, call Bob Church at 592-7211.

Waterfowl hunt days

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge now accepts applications for its hunt days. Reservations are needed for hunting Oct. 26, opening day of waterfowl season, and the following Saturday, Nov. 2.

Hunters must complete a Waterfowl Lottery Application Form and submit it to the refuge office by Sept. 23. A PDF version of the form can be downloaded at fws.gov/forms/3-2355.pdf.

For mailed forms, write to: Iroquois NWR, 1101 Casey Road, Basom. NY 14013.

For details, call (585) 948-5445 or (585) 250-2135.

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