If you can’t find something ourdoor-sy to do this week, then you’re just not looking.
The Louisiana Sportsman Show, the largest of its kind in the state, starts Thursday and runs through Sunday at Lamar Dixon Expo in Gonzales (more about that in Thursday’s Advocate Outdoors), and Ascension’s Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is holding a giant 60-gun Raffle Bash on Friday evening at Lamar Dixon.
Tickets for the Gun Bash begin at $25 — there are various other ticket levels, too — and a ticket gets you in for the drawing and refreshments and a one-day ticket to the Sportsman Show which ends at 7 p.m., and the drawing will get into full swing after the show closes for that day.
Next Sunday is the 37th annual Kiwanis Open Bass Tournament as usual held from the Morrison Parkway public launch in New Roads. Chief organizer Kenneth St. Romain (call him at (225) 718-1319) said proceeds benefit Pointe Coupee Kiwanis’ charities, programs like Christmas families and teacher grants.
And with False River coming off a drawdown, late-winter bass fishing is off-the-charts good compared to what it’s been in recent years.
Then Saturday, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation will honor the state’s well-deserving conservationists for 2016 at its annual Governor’s Conservation Awards banquet set for 6 p.m. at Boudreaux’s on Government Street in Baton Rouge.
Apache Corporation was selected by a panel of judges to receive the top honor, Conservationist of the Year. Apache was lauded for its extensive work in its Tree Grant Program, including 300,000 trees in 2016, a plan that raised its tree-planting efforts to 4 million trees since 2005, notably for its tree donations to re-establish black bear habitat.
LWF executive director Rebecca Triche said the public is invited and banquet tickets are available on the federation’s website: www.lawildlifefed.org.
It’s the 53rd time the Governor's Award has been presented to deserving individuals, businesses and organizations for their work in Louisiana’s outdoors.
Along with Apache, five others will be honored after decisions by a panel agreed their works in 2016 deserved recognition.
Those five include:
- Ronald Coco, of Moreauville, the Volunteer Award winner, for his dedication in hunter education, Louisiana Hunting and Fishing Day in Woodworth, the Archery in Schools Program and a kids summer fishing camp;
- Theryn Henkel, of New Orleans, the assistant director of Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation's Coastal Sustainability Program, for her work in the foundation’s Wetland Forest Restoration Program and the Swamp Restoration Suitability Assessment, which led to 2016’s Wastewater Assimilation Workshop;
- Connor Arthur, of Florien, the Youth Conservation winner, for his work as a 4-H shooting sports ambassador, heading up a Wildlife of Louisiana session for elementary students in Zwolle, teaching wildlife identification to preschool children in his community along with hunter safety and fishing lessons to younger students and volunteering with Hunters Enriching the Lives of People;
- Barry Guillot, of Luling, for the Education Conservationist for his continued coordination of the LaBranche Wetlands Watchers throughout St. Charles Parish schools and his environmental education program as an eight-grade teacher at at Harry Hurst Middle School;
- Tegan Wendland, a reporter for New Orleans’ WWNO-TV, for Conservation Communicator after producing a series of stories covering the environmental and cultural impacts of the state’s coastal land loss, and coastal restoration efforts.
- Quality Deer Management Association, Louisiana State Chapter, for Conservation Organization, for its work to help ban out-of-state cervid imports to control chronic wasting disease from entering the state, to help establish the state’s Feral Hog Management Task Force, and enhancing hunting opportunities to handicapped deer hunters.