THURSDAY

GULF OF MEXICO FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL MEETING: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Beau Rivage, 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, Mississippi. full Council meeting. Meetings available via webinar. Website: gulfcouncil.org.

LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Top agenda items: Special recreational red snapper season, Sterlet aquaculture, blue crab harvest regs changes.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

GRAND ISLE LADIES FISHING RODEO: Bridge Side Marina, Grand Isle. Fee $20 includes cap, door prizes & Oct. 7 dinner/dance. Benefits area breast cancer centers. Call Martha Ham (985) 787-2229 or Louise Lafont (985) 787-2997.

FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERS SOUTHERN FLY FAIR: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, Vada Sheid Convention Center, Mountain Home, Arkansas. Tickets $10 & $5. Workshops & some activities extra. FFF Casting Certification. Call Chris Jackson (870) 499-3056. Website: ifffsoc.org

SATURDAY

CAJUN CASTAWAY KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT: Calcasieu Point Landing, Lake Charles. Hosted by the Lafayette Kayak Fishing Club. Open to public. Fee $25. Artificial lures only. Roadrunner format: any public launch in Cameron/Calcasieu Parishes. Categories: Heaviest Slam (slot red, speckled trout, flounder) and Leopard Red. Website: lafayettekayakfishing.com.

10th ANNUAL RIO GRANDE FLY FISHING RODEO: City Park, New Orleans. No fee. Registration required. Prizes for top 3 largest Rio Grande perch caught on fly. Sponsored by the New Orleans Fly Fishers club. Call John Engert (504) 861-9514.

MONDAY

RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Joe Kahler (225) 892-4352. Website: rsff.org.

HUNTING

RABBITS & SQUIRRELS: Oct. 7-Feb. 28, statewide.

DOVES: Second splits/South Zone, Oct. 7-Nov. 26; North Zone, Oct. 7-Nov. 12.

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/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.

NUTRIA: Through Feb. 28. Daily limit 5. See state hunting pamphlet for complete rules.

AROUND THE CORNER

OCT. 12—QDMA BAYOU BRANCH GUN BASH DINNER: 6 p.m., Civic Center, 310 North Canal Blvd., Thibodaux. Dinner & raffles. Tickets $75, $600 tables. Call Ben Calliouet (985) 859-6270.

OCT. 12—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.

OCT. 12—PONTCHARTRAIN FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 6:30 p.m., Olde Towne Fly Shop, 3675 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell. Call Tristan Daire (985) 630-3892.

OCT. 12—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.

OCT. 17—LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack and Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette. Call (337) 232-5854. Website: lafayettekayakfishing.com.

OCT. 18—GULF OF MEXICO FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL LAW ENFORCEMENT TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEETING: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., The meetings will be held at the Battle House Renaissance Hotel, located at 26 North Royal Street, Mobile, Alabama. Website: gulfcouncil.org.

FISHING/SHRIMPING

OPEN SEASONS: Gag grouper in state/federal waters.

CLOSED SEASONS: Recreational red snapper closed in state & federal waters. Greater amberjack & gray triggerfish in state & federal waters throughout 2017.

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

Email: jmacaluso@theadvocate.com