THURSDAY

CCA LOUISIANA-COMITE CHAPTER BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Kristenwood, 14025 Greenwell Springs Rd., Greenwell Springs. Tickets $60, $20 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables includes 1-year CCA membership. Call Nolan Reynerson (225) 952-9200.

BLACK BEAR RESEARCH PUBLIC MEETING: 6 p.m., Community Center, 800 Beech St., Tallulah. Update on black bear research. Call Maria Davidson (337) 948-0255.

FRIDAY

FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, SandBar Landing, 6716 False River Rd., Oscar. Fee $30/boat. Friday nights through Sept. 15. Call Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

RIDE-THE-BULL 5 EXTREME KAYAK FISHING RODEO: Caminada Pass, Bridgeside Marina, Grand Isle. Friday captains’ dinner & Calmwater Film Festival. Largest bull red landed, weighed, released from kayak/paddlecraft. Registration required. Call Danny Wray (225) 721-8182. Website: www.calmwatercharters.net/ridethebull.

75TH LOUISIANA WILDLIFE FEDERATION CONVENTION: West Monroe. Call LWF (225) 344-6707.

FRIDAY-SUnDAY

SOUTHERN SPORTSMAN’S FESTIVAL & EXPO: Alario Center, Westwego. Hours: 2-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission $10, $5/ages 7-16, free/6 & younger, $5 military, $15/3-day pass. Seminars, boating, tackle, waterfowling, hunting & fishing. Website: www.southernsportsmansfestival.com.

SATURDAY

INAUGURAL ANGLING FOR ALZHEIMER’S BASS TOURNAMENT: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. weigh-in, Doiron’s Landing, Stephensville. Pick-your-partner event. Fee $100/team. Call Jeff McMorris (225) 337-3466 or John Chaney (225) 413-5142. Website: www.alzbr.org.

BATON ROUGE CHAPTER/ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK FOUNDATION BIG GAME BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Crowne Plaza, 4728 Constitution Ave., Baton Rouge. Dinner, raffles, live/silent auctions. Call Cathie May (225) 924-5303 or Scooter Keen (225) 664-1452.

MONDAY

GULF OF MEXICO FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL PUBLIC COMMENT MEETING: 6 p.m., Hyatt Place, 6080 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge. Sector Separation for Reef Fish Amendment 40, to divide annual recreational red snapper allowable take between private fishermen and “for-hire/charterboat” operations. Website: www.gulfcouncil.org.

AROUND THE CORNER

AUG. 23 — 21st-Annual Pelican State Friends of NRA Banquet: 5 p.m., Crowne Plaza, 4728 Constitution Ave., Baton Rouge. Call Rob Walker (225) 756-5225. Email: la340@bellsouth.net.

AUG. 23 — CONTRABAND FLY FISHING EXPO: 8:30 a.m., PPG-Porter Hall, 2250 Bayou D’inde Pass (Prater Road), West Lake. No admission fee. Sponsored by the Contraband Fly Casters. Call (337) 802-5363 or (337) 842-1439.

AUG. 23 — FLY TYING AT BASS PRO SHOPS: 9:30 a.m.-noon, Conference Room, Bass Pro, Denham Springs. Call Ron Brooks (225) 271-3100.

AUG. 23 — NRA OUTDOOR CONVENTIONAL PISTOL (1800) MATCH: 9 a.m., Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, 1393 La. 943-North, Donaldsonville. NRA Short Course/25 yards, 180 rounds in .22, centerfire & 45 groupings. NRA rules. Fee $10. Open to public. Call Skip Blanchard (504) 427-0050. Email: skip_blanchard@msn.com.

AUG. 24 — SOUTH LOUISIANA HIGHPOWER CLUB MATCH: 8:30 a.m., Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Range, 9300 St. Landry Rd. Gonzales. NRA 200-yard/50-rounds match course. Fee $12 members, $15 nonmembers, $5 juniors. $15 annual CMProgram membership. Email: SouthLAHighPower@hotmail.com.

AUG. 25 — RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Call Pete Bongiovanni (225)313-3813 . Website: www.rsff.org.

AUG. 25 — FIN-ADDICT FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant, 1400 W. Tunnel Blvd, Houma. Call Stephen Robert (985) 850-0082. Website: finaddictflyfishers.blogspot.com.

JUST ANNOUNCED

AUG. 22-24 — 5TH-ANNUAL WOUNDED WAR HEROES FISHING RODEO: Cypress Cove Marina, Venice. Volunteers, donations needed. Call Emeric Watson (985) 960-1471. Email: semwatson@eatel.net. Website: www.wwhfr.com.

AUG. 24 — HUNTERS FOR THE HUNGRY GET READY FOR BOW SEASON DAY: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Waddill Wildlife Education Center, 4142 North Flannery Road, Baton Rouge. No fee Kids’ Clinic, bow tuning, shooting tips. $10 3D range, $20/team 3D 2-archer Shoot, $5 Long-Shot competition. Lunch provided. Door prizes. Website: tangi.abitaweb.com.

AUG. 30 — KAYAK FISHING 101 WORKSHOP: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Cabela’s, Gonzales. For beginners. Classroom basics, then hands-on launching, paddling, casting, landing fish & self-rescue. Class limit 35. Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club & Department of Wildlife and Fisheries project. Email Todd Lewis: teelew33@hotmail.com.

AUG. 30 — LOUISIANA NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION OPEN CALLING CONTEST: 10 a.m. registration, Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Call Bobby Berthelot (601) 657-0707. Email: bberthelot@nwtf.net.

SEPT. 5-6 — 17TH-ANNUAL SAVE OUT LAKE & COAST FISHING RODEO: New Canal Lighthouse, Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans. Open, Kayak & Youth divisions. Tickets $40 & $15, Puglia’s, Metairie. 8 species. Limited to Pontchartrain Basin waters. Weigh-in: 2-5 p.m. Sept. 5; noon-4 p.m. Sept. 6. Call Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (504) 836-2205. Website: www.saveourlake.org.

SEPT. 6 — 11TH-ANNUAL CASTING FOR A CURE BIG BASS TOURNAMENT: 6 a.m.-1 p.m., False River, Morrison Parkway, New Roads. Hourly cash prizes for top 3 big bass & $1,000 overall big bass. First weigh-in 8 a.m. Fee $80. Benefits Relay for Life/American Cancer Society. Call Tanner Pourciau (225) 955-2460. Email: tpourciau@bellsouth.net

FISHERIES NOTICES

STATE RECREATIONAL RED SNAPPER SEASON: Open in state waters. Daily limit 2 red snapper measuring 16 or more inches long. Anglers required to have fee-free Louisiana Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Website: www.rolp.wlf.la.gov.

FEDERAL RECREATIONAL Red Snapper Season: Closed in federal waters throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

RECREATIONAL gREATER AMBERJACK SEASON: Reopened Aug. 1.

Fall INSHORE SHRIMP SEASON: Open Monday, Aug. 18 statewide inside waters, one-half hour before sunrise in state waters west of the Atchafalaya River to Louisiana-Texas line & 6 p.m. in state waters east of the Atchafalaya River to Louisiana-Mississippi line. Map details website: www.wlf.la.gov.

RECREATIONAL FISHERIES cLOSURE: Gray triggerfish for the remainder of the year in state and federal waters.

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