THURSDAY

23rd S.T.A.R. AWARDS BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Live Oak Arabians, 6300 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge. Sponsored by CCA Louisiana. Tickets $50, no fee children 12 and younger. Call Rad Trascher (225) 952-9200.

NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., St Francis Xavier Church Hall, 444 Metairie Road, Metairie. Call Joe Bandera (504) 888-2149.

SATURDAY

GET OUT AND FISH!: 7 -11 a.m., Purple Heart Memorial Park pond, Ragley at the U.S. 190 & La. 171. Fee free. Pond will be stocked with 800 pounds of catfish for heaviest catfish and heaviest “other” fish in Little Angler/8-younger, Junior Angler/ages 9-15 & Adult Angler/16-older. Includes mobile touch tank, casting inflatable. Preregistration website: www.wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1.

WILD THINGS: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, La. 434, Lacombe. Speakers, canoeing, live animals, wildlife crafts, fly tying demos, youth wildlife art. No fee. Presented by Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges. Call (985) 882-2000.

MONDAY

RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Conference Room, Cabelas, Gonzales. Call Sydney Dobson (225)892-1613. Website: www.rsff.org.

TUESDAY

FLY TYING AT BASS PRO SHOPS: 6 p.m., White River Fly Shop, Bass Pro, Denham Springs. Call Ron Brooks (225) 271-3100.

HUNTING

SPECIAL DEER SEASON: Through Oct. 20 in State Deer Area 2 for youths 17 and younger and resident honorably discharged veterans.

DEER/PRIMITIVE WEAPONS: Through Oct. 20, State Deer areas 3, 7, 8, 10. Either-sex take allowed.

DEER/PRIMITIVE WEAPONS: Oct. 21-27, State Deer Area 2. Either-sex take allowed.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS: Oct. 21-Nov. 3, State Deer Area 7, still-hunt only. Either-sex take allowed.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS: Oct. 21-Nov. 26, State Deer areas 3, 8 & 10. Either-sex take allowed, still-hunt only.

SPECIAL DEER SEASON: Oct. 28-Nov. 3 in State Deer areas 1, 4, 5, 6 & 9 for youths 17 and younger and resident honorably discharged veterans.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS: Oct. 28-Dec. 5, State Deer Areas 2 Either-sex take allowed, still-hunt only.

DOVES: Second splits/ North Zone, through Nov. 12; South Zone through Nov. 26.

DEER/ARCHERY: Through Jan. 15 in State Deer Areas 3, 8 & 10.

DEER/ARCHERY: Through Jan. 31 in State Deer areas 1, 2, 4 & 7. Either-sex take allowed.

DEER/ARCHERY: Through Feb. 15, State Deer areas 5, 6 & 9. Either-sex take allowed.

RABBITS, SQUIRRELS & NUTRIA: Through Feb. 28, statewide.

AROUND THE CORNER

OCT. 26—NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING:7 p.m., Lakeshore Marina, 7840 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. Call Jack Crais (504) 259-2329.

OCT. 27-31—HUNTER SIGHT-IN DAYS: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office range, West Irene Road (west off U.S. 61) near Zachary. Range officers sight-in modern rifles only, only factory ammo allowed (no muzzleloaders, reloads). Rifles must have chambers empty and bolts open. Call EBRSO range (225) 389-8268.

OCT. 28—TROUT CHALLENGE KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT: Fish along La. 23 corridor to Venice. Hosted by the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club. Open to public. Fee $25. Heaviest 10-speckled trout stringer. Artificial lures only. BCKFC members’ Angler of the Year event. Website: www.bckfc.org.

OCT. 29— SOUTH LOUISIANA HIGHPOWER CLUB MATCH: 8:30 a.m., Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Range, 9300 St. Landry Road, Gonzales. NRA 200-yard/50-rounds match course. Fee $12 members, $15 nonmembers, $5 juniors. $15 annual Civilian Marksmanship Program membership (allows purchases from CMP). Call George Serrett (225) 389-6118. Email: SouthLAHighPower@hotmail.com.

NOV. 1—PONTCHARTRAIN BASIN FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6 p.m., Abita Brew Pub, 72011 Holly Street, Abita Springs. Call Corey Tohme (985) 624-9331. Website: pbasinflyfishers.blogspot.com.

FISHING/SHRIMPING

CLOSED SEASONS: Recreational red snapper closed in state & federal waters. Greater amberjack & gray triggerfish in state & federal waters throughout 2017. Commercial king mackerel season closed in state and federal waters throughout 2017.

OPEN SEASONS: Gag grouper in state/federal waters.

FALL INSHORE SHRIMP SEASON: Open on all “inside” Louisiana waters until notified closure by state Wildlife & Fisheries.

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