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.


FLY TYING 101: 1-3 p.m., Orvis Shop, Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge. No fee. Hands-on basics of fly tying. Materials, tools provided. Registration required. Call (225) 757-7286.

BLUEBIRD BASICS: 1 p.m., Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte. Tips to attract eastern bluebirds. No fee, $15 for materials to build bluebird house & $3 admission to Chicot State Park. Preregistration recommended. p.m. Call (888) 677-6100.


FESTIVAL OF THE CRANES: Wheeler National Wildlife, Decatur, Alabama. Website:


DEER/MODERN FIREARMS: Through Jan. 14, State Deer Area 2, with/without dogs. Either-sex take allowed.

DOVES: Third splits, North & South zones through Jan. 15.

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

DEER/PRIMITIVE WEAPONS: Jan. 15-21, State Deer Area 2. Either-sex take allowed.

DUCKS/COASTAL-WEST ZONES: Second split through Jan. 21.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS: Through Jan. 21, State Deer Area 6, with/without dogs. Either-sex take allowed.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS: Through Jan. 21, State Deer areas 5 & 9, bucks only, with/without dogs, except either-sex take allowed Jan. 13-14.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS: Through Jan. 21, State Deer areas 1 & 4. Either-sex take allowed, still-hunt only.

DEER/PRIMITIVE WEAPONS: Jan. 22-28, either-sex take allowed & Jan. 29-31, bucks only, State Deer areas 5 & 9.

DEER/PRIMITIVE WEAPONS: Jan. 22-31, State Deer areas 1, 4 & 6. Either-sex take allowed.

DUCKS/WEST ZONE: Jan. 27, special youth-only day, hunters 17 and younger

DUCKS/EAST ZONE: Second split through Jan. 28.

CANADA GEESE: Statewide second split through Jan. 31.

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

GEESE: Statewide second split through Feb. 11 (specklebellies, blues, snows & Ross’ geese).

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

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


JAN. 18 — GMFMC RED SNAPPER PRIVATE ANGLER ADVISORY PANEL MEETING: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council conference room, Suite 1100, 2203 N. Lois Ave., Tampa, Florida. Website:

JAN. 20 — NRA BASIC PISTOL/ENHANCED CARRY COURSE: 8:30 a.m., Southwest Mississippi Gun Club, McComb, Miss. Fee $65. Approved for Louisiana residents. Attendees should bring own semiautomatic/revolver pistols (rimfire or centerfire semi-auto/revolvers; Louisiana residents must use semi-auto & revolver to meet La. requirements)/50 rounds of ammo for each weapon, lunch & beverage; 22 caliber rimfire available at range. Eye, hearing protection recommended. Preregistration required. Also March 10-11. Email: Doug Bowser: Call club (601) 341-8797.

JAN. 20 — CENLA FLY FISHING & LIGHT TACKLE FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kees Park Center, La. 28-East, Pineville. No admission fee. Presentations, tying demos, casting clinics, vendors. Benefits Food Bank of Central Louisiana. Sponsored by Kisatchie Fly Fishers. Call Glen Cormier (318) 793-5855. Website:

JAN. 20 — ARBOR DAY/BURDEN: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. Burden Arboretum, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. Plant native trees, scavenger hunt, children’s activities, story time. No fee. Call Katie Guitreau (225) 763-3990, Ext. Email:

JAN. 20 — ARBOR DAY/ARBORETUM: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte. Tree seedling give-a-way, games, hikes. $3 admission to Chicot State Park. Call (888) 677-6100.

JAN. 20 — LOUISIANA CHAPTER NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION AWARDS BANQUET: Civic Center, 1638 Creswell Lane, Opelousas. Call Bobby Berthelot (601) 657-0707. Email:


CLOSED SEASONS: Recreational red snapper & greater amberjack & gray triggerfish and commercial king mackerel & gray triggerfish closed in state and federal waters.

OPEN SEASONS: Gag grouper & gray triggerfish (will be closed Jan. 16-Feb. 28) in state/federal waters.

CLOSURE/FALL INSHORE SHRIMP SEASON: State inside waters will close from Louisiana-Mississippi line west to Louisiana-Texas line EXCEPT

Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, the portion of the Intracoastal Waterway in Orleans Parish from the East Closure Sector Gate west to the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds. All state outside waters remain open. Closure map: