THURSDAY

QDMA BAYOU BRANCH GUN BASH DINNER: 6 p.m., Civic Center, 310 North Canel Blvd., Thibodaux. Dinner & raffles. Tickets $75, $600 tables. Call Ben Calliouet (985) 859-6270.

A WILD NIGHT: 6:30 p.m., Live Oak Arabians, 6300 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation fundraiser. Catered. Live/silent auctions. Benefits Youth Hunter Education Challenge, Louisiana Hunting & Fishing Day, statewide youth fishing programs, Louisiana Wetshop & whooping crane restoration. Call LAWFF (225) 765-5100. Website: lawff.org.

PONTCHARTRAIN FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 6:30 p.m., Olde Towne Fly Shop, 3675 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell. Call Tristan Daire (985) 630-3892.

JUNIOR SOUTHWEST BASSMASTERS MEETING: 7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Age group bass tournaments for ages 7-10, 11-14 & 15-18 anglers. Call Jim Breaux (225) 772-3026.

TUESDAY

LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack and Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette. Call (337) 232-5854. Website: lafayettekayakfishing.com.

WEDNESDAY

GULF OF MEXICO FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL LAW ENFORCEMENT TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEETING: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Battle House Renaissance Hotel, 26 North Royal Street, Mobile, Alabama. Website: gulfcouncil.org.

HUNTING

SPECIAL DEER SEASON: Oct. 14-20 in State Deer Area 2 for youths 17 and younger and resident honorably discharged veterans.

DEER/PRIMITIVE WEAPONS: Oct. 14-20, State Deer areas 3, 7, 8, 10. Either-sex take allowed.

DEER/ARCHERY: Through Oct. 15, bucks only in State Deer areas 5, 6 & 9 then either-sex take allowed through Feb. 15.

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.

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.

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

AROUND THE CORNER

OCT. 19—23rd S.T.A.R. AWARDS BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Live Oak Arabians, 6300 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge. Sponsored by CCA Louisiana. Tickets $50, no fee children 12 and younger. Call Rad Trascher (225) 952-9200.

OCT. 19—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.

OCT. 21—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: wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1.

OCT. 21—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.

OCT. 23—RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Conference Room, Cabelas, Gonzales. Call Sydney Dobson (225)892-1613. Website: rsff.org.

OCT. 24—FLY TYING AT BASS PRO SHOPS: 6 p.m., White River Fly Shop, Bass Pro, Denham Springs. Call Ron Brooks (225) 271-3100.

FISHING/SHRIMPING

CLOSED SEASONS: Recreational red snapper closed in state & federal waters. Greater amberjack & gray triggerfish in state & 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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