THURSDAY

FERAL HOG MANAGEMENT ADVISORY TASK FORCE MEETING: 9 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Dr. Jim LaCour (225) 765-2346. Email: jmlacour@wlf.la.gov.

SATURDAY

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: dougbowser@cableone.net. Call club (601) 341-8797.

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: www.kisatchiefly.org.

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: kguitreau@agcentr.lsu.edu.

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.

LOUISIANA CHAPTER NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION AWARDS BANQUET: Civic Center, 1638 Creswell Lane, Opelousas. Call Bobby Berthelot (601) 657-0707. Email: bberthelot@nwtf.net.

MONDAY

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

TUESDAY

FLY TYING AT BASS PRO: 6 p.m., Conference Room, Pro Bass Shops, Denham Springs. Bring tools, materials provided. Classes held every fourth Tuesday monthly except December. Call Ron Brooks (225) 271-3100.

HUNTING

DEER/PRIMITIVE WEAPONS: Through Jan. 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.

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.

DUCKS/EAST ZONE: Feb. 3, special youth-only day, hunters 17 and younger

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.

AROUND THE CORNER

JAN. 25—NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7 p.m., Lakeshore Marina, 7840 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. Call Jack Crais (504) 259-2329. Website: www.neworleansflyfishers.com.

JAN. 27—FLY-TYING CLASS: 9 a.m.-noon, Ascension Parish Library, 708 South Irma Blvd., Gonzales. Beginners/advanced freshwater & saltwater flies. No fee. Call Darrel Crawford (225) 253-4127. Email: wimpflies@gmail.com.

JAN. 27—ORVIS TRAVEL DAY: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Orvis Shop, 7601 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge. No fee. Hourly sessions from fly-fishing guides from Louisiana, other destinations. Call (225) 757-7286.

JAN. 27-28—B.A.S.S. HIGH SCHOOL CENTRAL OPEN: Toledo Bend, Many. Call Jim Breaux (225) 262-0929.

JAN. 28— SOUTH LOUISIANA HIGHPOWER CLUB MATCH: 8:30 a.m., Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Range, 9300 St. Landry Road, Gonzales. NRA match rifle or service rifle, 200-yard/50-rounds match course. Fee $12 members, $15 nonmembers, $5 juniors. $15 annual club & Civilian Marksmanship Program membership (allows purchases from CMP). Call George Serrett (225) 389-6118. Email: SouthLAHighPower@hotmail.com.

JAN. 30—SAC-A-LAIT (CRAPPIE) UNIVERSITY: University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Four 2-hour seminars. Fee $89 includes course material, lures/jigheads. Instructors John Godwin, Steve Danna, Todd Huckabee & Brad Chappell. Also Feb. 6, 20 & 27. Call (337) 482-6386.JAN. 31—SAC-A-LAIT (CRAPPIE) UNIVERSITY: Sowela Tech Community College, Lake Charles. Four 2-hour seminars. Fee $89 includes course material, lures/jigheads. Instructors John Godwin, Steve Danna, Todd Huckabee & Brad Chappell. Also Feb. 7, 21 & 28. Call (337) 482-6386. Call (337) 421-6560.

FISHING/SHRIMPING

CLOSED SEASONS: Recreational red snapper & gray triggerfish (through Feb. 28) and commercial king mackerel & gray triggerfish closed in state and federal waters.

OPEN SEASONS: Gag grouper & greater amberjack (through Jan. 26) 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: wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons.

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