RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Joe Kahler (225) 892-4352 or Web site: rsff.org.
FALSE RIVER NIGHT BASS TOURNAMENT: 6-9 p.m., public launch, Morrison Parkway, New Roads. Fee $40. Call Rodney Higginbothom (225) 240-0174.
LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack and Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette. Call (337) 232-5854. Website: lafayettekayakfishing.com.
FALSE RIVER COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La Express launch, Jarreau. Fee $30/boat. Call Storm Randall (225) 937-0489.
ASCENSION AREA ANGLERS OPEN: Safe daylight, 3 p.m. weigh-in, Doiron’s Landing, Stephensville. Team bass tournament. $100 entry includes $500 big-bass prize. Proceeds to help defray travel costs for Louisiana’s five anglers qualified for B.A.S.S. Nation Nationals in South Carolina. No fishing south of U.S. 90. Raffles. Call David Cavell (225) 937-0046, Ryan Lavigne (225) 921-9332, or Caleb Sumrall (337) 380-2887.
DUCK DUCK GOOSE DAY: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 North Oak Hills Parkway, Baton Rouge. Waterfowl decoy carving, displays of oldest/rare decoys, duck calls, vintage boats, children’s games & crafts, guest speakers, carving demonstrations, door prizes. Admission $5 adults, $4 ages 3-17, no fee under 2. Call Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center (225) 757-8905.
BPS FALL HUNTING CLASSIC: Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. 10 a.m., NRA membership drive; 11 a.m., archery/improving aim; 2 p.m., stealth & scent control; 3 p.m., women’s hunting workshop; 4 p.m., bag a bigger buck tips & tricks
24TH ANNUAL PELICAN STATE FRIENDS OF NRA BANQUET: 5 p.m., Grand Ballroom, Crowne Plaza, Baton Rouge. Tickets $75. Benefits area youth shooting sports programs, firearms safety. Website: friendsofnra.org. Call Rob Walker (225) 938-1234.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK FOUNDATION/SOUTH LOUISIANA CHAPTER BIG GAME BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Copeland Towers Best Western, 2601 Severn Avenue, Metairie. Live/silent auctions, raffles, dinner. Call Lee Ayo (504) 481-8671 or Valerie Cicero (504) 430-4280. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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AUG. 20—BPS FALL HUNTING CLASSIC: Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. 11 a.m., Hone the Harvest, archery tuning; 2 p.m., from field to freezer. NRA membership drive; 11 a.m., archery/improving aim; 2 p.m., stealth & scent control; 3 p.m., women’s hunting workshop; 4 p.m., bag a bigger buck tips & tricks.
AUG. 22—FLY TYING AT BASS PRO: 6 p.m., White River Fly Shop, Pro Bass Shops, Denham Springs. Call Ron Brooks (225) 271-3100.
AUG. 24—NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., St, Francis Xavier Church Hall, 444 Metairie Rd., Metairie. Call Joe Bandera (504) 888-2149.
AUG. 25—LOUISIANA SOUTHEAST DEER CAMP: 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 151 South Wooddale, Baton Rouge. Tickets $40, $20 spouses/children. Sponsorship packages available. Whitetails Unlimited event. Raffles, auctions. Call Jameson Farrar (225) 235-9965 or Brian Andrews (318) 374-9078. Website: whitetailsunlimited.com.
AUG. 25-26—RIDE-THE-BULL 7 EXTREME KAYAK FISHING RODEO: Bridge Side Marina, Grand Isle. Aug. 25 Captains dinner & Calmwater Film Festival. Awards for largest bull redfish landed, weighed & released from a kayak or other paddlecraft in Caminada Pass. Registration required. Call Capt. Danny Wray (225) 721-8182. Website: calmwatercharters.net/ridethebull.
AUG. 26—12th ANNUAL CONTRABAND CONCLAVE: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Moss Bluff United Methodist Church, 735 Sam Houston Jones Parkway, Moss Bluff. No admission fee. Fly fishing programs, tying demos, exhibitors, casting clinics. Sponsored by Contraband Fly Casters. Call Warren Landry (337) 853-7755. Website: contrabandflycasters.net.
AUG. 26—DUCKS UNLIMITED MUD BOAT POKER RUN: 10 a.m., Riverside Bar, Tchefuncte River, Madisonville. Cash prizes. Entry $100. All boats included. Early registration 7-10 p.m., Aug. 25, Coquille’s River & Rye. Poker run stops: Riverside Bar, T-Rivers, Coquille’s, Brady Island, end at Riverside Bar. Website: dupokerrun.com.
AUG. 26-27—BPS NEXT GENERATION WEEKEND: Noon-4 p.m. both days, Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Youth-oriented hunting skills workshops; archery range challenge, crafts, giveaways.
STATEWIDE TOURNAMENT & ANGLERS’ RODEO: Through Sept. 4, CCA-Louisiana’s 23rd-annual summer-long S.T.A.R. event through Sept. 4. CCA membership required. $500,000 in prizes. Website: www.ccalouisiana.com.
OPEN SEASONS: Recreational red snapper open Fridays through Sundays in state & federal waters; gag grouper in state/federal waters.
CLOSED SEASONS: Greater amberjack & gray triggerfish in state & federal waters throughout 2017.
SPRING INSHORE SHRIMP SEASON CLOSURE: Closed from the Louisiana-Mississippi line to the Louisiana-Texas line including Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne and the Louisiana portion of Mississippi Sound. Only waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds will remain open until further notice from state Wildlife and Fisheries.
FALL INSHORE SHRIMP SEASON: Opens 6 a.m., Friday (Aug. 18), all “inside” Louisiana waters until notified closure by Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries.