2015 Outdoors calendar _lowres

Photo by SEIGO SALTO/B.A.S.S. -- Greg Hackney from Gonzales became the first Louisiana bass fisherman to win the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year title during the Bassmaster 2014 national tournament tour. Along with Pierre Part national touring pro Cliff Crochet and Brett Preuett, the Carhartt College Series Classic qualifier from the University of Louisiana-Monroe, Hackney is headed for the Bassmaster Classic set for South Carolina's Lake Hartwell in late February.

Events for this calendar are provided by associations, organizations and governmental agencies.


LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Main agenda item proposed 2015-2016 resident-game hunting seasons. Other meeting dates scheduled: Feb. 5, March 5, April 2.


JAN. 19 — NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES FEE-FREE DAYS: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-managed refuges. Also Feb. 14-16, Sept. 26, Oct. 11 & Nov. 11. Fee waiver does not cover concessionaire/license fees.

FEB. 26-28 — EAGLE EXPO & PHOTO EXHIBIT: Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau event, Morgan City, Patterson and other locations in St. Mary & Terrebonne parishes. Photo workshops, boat trips to view eagles, other raptors, resident/migratory birds, black bears, seminars, films, educational sessions. Fees vary by activity. Call (985) 380-8224. Email: info@cajuncoast.com.

MARCH 12-15 — 36th ANNUAL LOUISIANA SPORTSMENS SHOW: Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales. 2-9 p.m. March 12-13, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. March 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 15. $8/adults, $5/youths. Website: www.sportsmenshow.com.

MARCH 27-29 — BECOMING AN OUTDOORS WOMAN: Camp Grant Walker, Pollack. Wildlife & Fisheries agency event. Women-only, 18 and older. Instruction in 20 outdoors activities. Limited to 125. Scholarships available. Call Dana Norsworthy (318) 345-3912. Website: www.wlf.state.la.us.

APRIL 17-19 — BAYOU TECHE BLACK BEAR & BIRDING FESTIVAL: Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge, Franklin. Birding, guided boat trips, paddling trips & photo show. Website: www.fws.gov/refuges.

SEPT. 26 — LOUISIANA HUNTING & FISHING DAY: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Waddill Outdoors Education Center, 4142 N. Flannery Road, Baton Rouge. Also Minden, Woodworth, Monroe. Free. Kids fishing contest, fly casting, fly tying, shooting, canoeing, archery activities. Website: www.wlf.louisiana.gov.

SEPT. 27 — CLEAN OUT YOUR FREEZER DAY: 1-4 p.m. Locations throughout Capital City area. Frozen game and fish collection. Sponsored by Hunters for the Hungry. Benefits Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

OCT. 10 — WILD THINGS: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, La. 434, Lacombe. Seminars, canoeing, wildlife crafts, fly tying. Free. Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges event. Call (985) 882-2000.


JAN. 6 — ACADIANA FLY RODDERS PROGRAM: 6:30 p.m., first Tuesday monthly, Grace Presbyterian Church Hall, 415 Roselawn, Lafayette. Call Richard Latiolais (337) 354-8957.

JAN. 7 — PONTCHARTRAIN BASIN FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., first Wednesday monthly, Beach House Grill, 124 Girod St., Mandeville. Call Corey Tohme (985) 624-9331. Website:pbasinflyfishers.blogspot.com.

JAN. 8 — JUNIOR SOUTHWEST BASSMASTERS-DENHAM SPRINGS BASS MEETING: 7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Monthly meetings to determine tournament location. Other meeting dates Feb. 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 2, Oct. 8, Nov. 12. Dec. 10 awards banquet. Call Jim Breaux (225) 262-0929/(225) 772-3026.

JAN. 10 — FLY-TYING CLASS: 9 a.m.-noon, Ascension Parish Library, 708 S. Irma Blvd. Gonzales. No fee. Basics of tying fresh and saltwater flies for bream, bass, redfish, speckled trout, and jigs for sac-a-lait. Other classes: Feb. 14, March 14, April 11, May 9. Call Darrell Crawford (225) 644-7989.

JAN. 10 — ORVIS FLY-FISHING 201: 10 a.m.-noon. On the water instruction in fly casting, tactics, and techniques. Also Feb. 21. Locations TBA. Registration required. Call Alex Beane (225) 757-7286.

JAN. 15 — BAYOU COAST KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 7 p.m., Conference Room, Cabelas, Gonzales. Call (225) 743-3400. Website: www.bckfc.org.

JAN. 15-17 — BASSMASTER SOUTHERN OPEN: Lake Tohopekaliga, Kissimmee, Florida. First in 3-event series. Winners qualify for Bassmaster Classic. Other events: April 16-18, Alabama River, Prattville, Alabama; Oct. 22-24, Lake Seminole, Bainbridge, Georgia. Website: www.bassmaster.com.

JAN. 17 — JUNIOR SOUTHWEST BASSMASTERS-DENHAM SPRINGS BASS TOURNAMENT: SiteS TBA. First in 11 tournament series with 10 sites TBA at monthly meetings. Boys & girls ages 7-18 in 7-10, 11-14, 15-18 age groups with parents or guardian. Other tournament dates Feb. 28, March 21, April 18, May 23, June 20-21 (Lake Concordia), July 18 or 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 12, Oct. 17, Nov. 21. Call Jim Breaux (225) 262-0929/(225) 772-3026.

JAN. 17 — ORVIS FLY-TYING 101: 2-4 p.m., Orvis, Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge. No Fee. Hands-on clinic covering basics of fly tying. Materials, tools provided. Registration required. Also Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 21, Feb. 28. Call Alex Beane (225) 757-7286.

JAN. 17 — MINIMALIST CHALLENGE VII KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT: Leeville Launch, shotgun start. Limited to 100 anglers. Sponsored by the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club. First in five-tournament series. Fee $20. Open to public. BCKFC members Angler of the Year points event. Registration: www.bckfc.org.

JAN. 20 — LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack and Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette. Also March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15. Call (337) 232-5854. Website: www.lafayettekayakfishing.com.

JAN. 24 — FLY-TYING AT BASS PRO SHOPS: 9:30 a.m.-noon, Conference Room, Bass Pro, Denham Springs. Also Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26, Oct. 24. Call Ron Brooks (225) 271-3100.

JAN. 24 — CENLA FLY FISHING FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Kees Park Civic Center, 2450 La. 28, Pineville. Free. Fly fishing programs, tying demos, exhibitors, casting clinics. Sponsored by Kisatchie Fly Fishers. Call Glen Cormier (318) 937-5855. Website: www.kisatchiefly.org.

JAN. 26 — RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Cabela’s, Gonzales. Also April 27, July 27, Oct. 26; Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs, Feb. 23, May 25, Aug. 24, Nov. 23; Orvis Shop, Bluebonnet Boulevard, March 23, June 22, Sept. 28, Dec. 21. Call Pete Bongiovanni (225)313-3813 . Website: www.rsff.org.

JAN. 26 — FIN-ADDICT FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., last Monday monthly through November, Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant, 1400 W. Tunnel Blvd., Houma. Call Stephen Robert (985) 850-0082. Website: finaddictflyfishers.blogspot.com.

JAN. 29 — NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7 p.m., last Thursday monthly through November, Whitney Bank, 1441 Metairie Rd., New Orleans. Call Sean Gilthorpe (504) 259-2329.

FEB. 7 — ORVIS FLY-FISHING 101: 10 a.m.-noon, Orvis Shop, Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge. No cost. Beginners basics of casting, rigging, knots. Registration required. Also Feb. 7. Call Alex Beane (225) 757-7286.

FEB. 7 — 24th ANNUAL ED RIZZOLO FLY-TYING FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer, Houston, Texas. Seminars, 80 tiers from across the South. Special guest: Drew Chicone. Fee $10 adults, $5 students/seniors $5, $15 family. Call Chris Sumers (281) 392-5296. Website: www.texasflyfishers.org

FEB. 9 — RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., second Monday monthly, Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Greg Brignac (225) 892-4352. Website: www.rsff.org.

FEB. 14 — BASSMASTERS HIGH SCHOOL OPEN: Lake Martin, Alabama. First in two-tournament series. Second date March 14, Toledo Bend, Many. Website: www.bassmaster.com.

FEB. 14 — 13th ANNUAL LITTLE MO FLY FISHING FEST: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Community Hall, Murfreesboro, Arkansas. Top fly fishers & tiers from the Ark-La-Tex region. Call Jeff Guerin (985) 531-6312. Website: www.littlemissouriflyfishing.com.

FEB. 20-22 — GEICO BASSMASTER CLASSIC: Lake Hartwell, Greenville, South Carolina. Website: www.bassmaster.com.

FEB. 21 — LOUISIANA B.A.S.S. HIGH SCHOOL QUALIFIER: Lake Charles. First in two-tournament qualifying event for state championship. Other date March 28, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego. Call Jim Breaux (225) 262-0929/(225) 772-3026 or Eugene Hoover (225) 206-0750.

FEB. 21 — FLY FISHING 101 CLINIC: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Waddill Outdoors Education Center, 4142 North Flannery Road, Baton Rouge. Open to public. Fee $25/family includes membership in Red Stick Fly Fishers. Preregistration advised. Hands-on instruction in casting, leaders, knots, fly tying. Food, refreshments provided. Call Dugan Sabins (225) 766-4060. Website: www.rsff.org.

FEB. 27 — FLY FISHING FILM TOUR: 7 p.m., Orvis Shop, Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge. Tickets $15, refreshments, door prizes. Limited seating. Top short world’s fly-fishing films. Call Alex Beane at (225) 757-7286.

FEB. 28 — FALSE RIVER BASS CLUB TRAIL TOURNAMENT: Belle River Public Landing, Atchafalaya Spillway, Belle River. First in seven-event, pick-your-partner series. $40 membership, $40/boat tournament fee. Must fish 3 of first 6 events to qualify for “classic.” Other events: March 21, Lake Concordia, Lakeview Lodge; April 18, Lake St. John, Spokane Landing; May 30, Lake Bruin, Lake Bruin State Park; June 13, Adams Landing/either side, Belle River; Sept. 19, Old River, Old River Landing; Oct. 10-11 “Classic,” Lake Bruin Lake Bruin State Park. Call Kenny Mix (225) 278-0673. Email: Kenneth.Mix@lpsb.org.

FEB. 28 — 29th ANNUAL ACADIANA FLY FISHERS CONCLAVE: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church, 518 Roselawn Boulevard, Lafayette. Free. Programs, tying demos, casting clinics. Call Richard Latiolais (337) 354-8957. Website: www.laflyfish.com.

MARCH 5-7 — CARHARTT BASSMASTER COLLEGE CENTRAL REGIONAL: Red River, Natchitoches. Website: www.bassmaster.com.

MARCH 7 — CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL BASS CLASSIC: Safe daylight, Doiron’s Landing, La. 70, Stephensville. Pick-your-partner event. Benefits Children’s Hospitals. Fee $250/team. $12,500 guarantee first place, $1,250 guarantee big bass. Pretournament check-in March 5, Cabela’s, Gonzales. Presented by Gerry Lane Automotive. Call Gary Cross (225) 938-1808 or Brad Rodrigue (985) 209-0722. Website: www.childrenshospitalbassclassic.com.

MARCH 7 — 23rd ANNUAL RED STICK DAY: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Waddill Outdoors Education Center, 4142 N. Flannery Road, Baton Rouge. Free. Fly fishing/kayak fishing programs, tying demos, casting clinics. Sponsored by Red Stick Fly Fishers. Call Emmitt Simmons (225) 335-4596. Website: www.rsff.org.

MARCH 12-14 — BASSMASTER CENTRAL OPEN: Ross Barnett Reservoir, Ridgeland, Mississippi. First in 3-event series. Winners qualify for Bassmaster Classic. Other events: Sept. 10-12, Fort Gibson Lake, Wagoner, Oklahoma; Oct. 1-3, Table Rock Lake, Branson, Missouri. Website: www.bassmaster.com.

MARCH 19-22 — BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Sabine River, Orange, Texas. First in 9-tournament series to determine Angler of the Year and Bassmaster Classic qualifiers. Other events: April 9-12, Lake Guntersville, Guntersville, Alabama; April 30-May 3, Sacramento River, Sacramento, California; May 7-10, Lake Havasu, Lake Havasu City, Arizona; June 3-7, Bassmaster BASSfest, Kentucky Lake, Paris, Tennessee; July 30-Aug. 2, St. Lawrence River, Waddington, New York; Aug. 13-16, Chesapeake Bay, Cecil County, Maryland; Aug. 27-30, Lake St. Clair, Detroit, Michigan; Sept. 17-20, Toyota Angler of the Year Championship, Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin. Website: www.bassmaster.com.

MARCH 21 — BASS-A-YAK KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT: Chicot State Park, Ville Platte. Sponsored by the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club. Second in five-tournament series. Fee $20. Open to public. Open to public. BCKFC members Angler of the Year points event. Registration: www.bckfc.org.

MARCH 28 — 67th ANNUAL NEW ORLEANS CITY PARK RODEO AND FISHTIVAL: 6:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Casino, City Park, New Orleans. 6 a.m. registration. Fee $10/13-older, $5/youths. Bass/rod & reel, fly rod, Juniors, Kayak, Rio Grande Team. Casting contests, fly tying. Call Kaye Florane (504) 483-9415. Website: www.neworleanscitypark.com.

MARCH 28-29 — PRO BASS CHALLENGE: 4 p.m. weigh-ins, Albertson’s Jones Creek Road at Coursey Boulevard, Baton Rouge. Fees $450/Pro Division, $200/pro sports players & co-anglers. $10,000 first-place Pro Division guarantee. Benefits Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank & Blue Star Mothers. March 27 registration, pairings. Call George Shaheen (225) 939-7369. Website: www.probasschallenge.com for fishing boundaries, rules.

APRIL 3 — FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Landing, False River (south end), Jarreau. Fee $30/boat plus launch fee (maximum 2 anglers). Weekly Friday night event through Sept. 11. Call Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402.

APRIL 10-12 — LAKE CONCORDIA FLY FISHING TRIP: Sponsored by Red Stick Fly Fishers, Baton Rouge. Registration required. Call Jack Lithgoe (225) 362-7901. Website: www.rsff.org.

APRIL 11 — TRINITY OUTDOORS BASS CLASSIC & COOKING CONTEST: Weigh-in Cabela’s, Gonzales. Anglers meeting April 9, St. James Boat Club, Gramercy. Pick-your-partner event. Call Jason Bland (225) 715-9581. Website: www.trinitydisabledadventures.com.

APRIL 17-18 — PADDLEPALOOZA XII KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT: Topwater Marina, Leeville. Sponsored by the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club. Open to public. Fee $50 includes two meals, captain’s bag. Preregistration required. Website: www.bckfc.org.

APRIL 25 — THE CAMP FLY FISHING SCHOOL/BEGINNERS: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., The Camp, Breaux Bridge. Fee $135 includes, lunch, handouts. Focus on casting mechanics and accuracy. FFF-certified instructors. Call Keith Richard (337)344-0908. Website: www.thecampflyfishingschool.com.

MAY 1-2 — GULF COAST KAYAK ASSOCIATION SPRING TOURNAMENT: ShoreLine Park, South Gulf Breeze, Florida. Open to public. Fee $50. Inshore, nearshore categories. Preregistration required. Website: www.gulfcoastkayakfishing.com.


MAY 2 — BASS ON THE FLY TOURNAMENT: Lake Fork Marina, Lake Fork, Texas. Fee $55, $5 big bass/$5 big bluegill pots. Catch/release tournament in boat, kayak, and bank categories. Call Ted Warren (903) 850-7084. Website: www.bassonthefly.org.

MAY 16 — SPRING CATCH-N-EAT FLY FISHING TRIP: Louisiana marsh. Sponsored by Red Stick Fly Fishers, Baton Rouge. Registration required. Call Randy Leonpacher (225) 769-1895. Website: www.rsff.org.

MAY 23 — THE CAMP FLY FISHING SCHOOL/ADVANCED: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., The Camp Facility, Breaux Bridge. Fee $135 includes lunch. Focus on special casting and distance. Call Keith Richard (337)344-0908. Website: www.thecampflyfishingschool.com.

MAY 29-31 — TEXAS FLY FISHING EXPO: Civic Center, New Braunfels, Texas. $10/day, $5/17-younger. Workshops extra. Programs, fly tying, casting clinics, youth, women’s activities. FFF casting certification. Website: www.texascouncilifff.com.

MAY 30-31 — HOBIE BASS OPEN KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT: Kentucky Dam Village State Park, Gilbertsville, Kentucky. Catch-photo-release for 3 bass each day for total aggregate length. Fee $100. Winner qualifies for Team USA in World Championship. Website: www.2015hobiebassopen.com.

MAY 31 — IFA KAYAK TOUR-LOUISIANA: Lafitte. Fee $75. Captain’s meeting 6 p.m. May 30. First of two qualifying events for IFA-Kayak Nationals. Next event Aug. 2, Houma. Website: www.ifakayakfishingtour.com.

JUNE 4-6 — CARHARTT BASSMASTER COLLEGE WILD CARD: Lake Barkley, Paris, Tennessee. Website: www.bassmaster.com.

JUNE 5-6 — 8th-ANNUAL CATHOLIC HIGH ALUMNI FISHING RODEO: Moran’s Marina, Fourchon Road weigh-in site. Open and youth divisions. Five-fish “calcuttas” in mangrove snapper and speckled trout. Call Catholic High Alumni Office (225) 383-0459.

JUNE 6-7 — LOUISIANA FREE FISHING WEEKEND: No basic nor saltwater fishing licenses required for resident and nonresident recreational anglers in state waters.

JUNE 10-12 — B.A.S.S. NATION CENTRAL DIVISIONAL: Ross Barnett Reservoir, Ridgeland, Mississippi. Nine state teams compete with top anglers from state teams qualifying for National Championship tournament. Website: www.bassmaster.com.

JUNE 11-13 — SWOLLFEST FISHING RODEO: Sand Dollar Marina, Grand Isle. Inshore, Kayak & Offshore divisions. Website: www.swollfest.com.

JUNE 13 — TROUT CHALLENGE KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT: Open to all Louisiana waters, weigh-in at Pack and Paddle, Lafayette. Sponsored by the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club. Third in five-tournament series. Fee $20. Open to public. BCKFC members Angler of the Year points event. Registration: www.bckfc.org.

JUNE 26-28 — GRAND ISLE FLY FISHING WEEKEND: Sponsored by south Louisiana and Mississippi fly-fishing clubs. Preregistration required. Call Randy Leonpacher (225) 769-1895. Website: www.rsff.org.

JUNE 27 — THE CAMP FLY FISHING SCHOOL/ADVANCED INSTRUCTORS PREP: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., The Camp Facility, Breaux Bridge. Fee $135. Casting mechanics, teaching techniques. FFF-certified instructors. Call Keith Richard (337) 344-0908. Website: www.thecampflyfishingschool.com.

JULY TBA — CASTING FOR KIDS RODEO: Bobby Lynn’s South Marina, Leeville. Adult, Children’s, Kayak divisions. Fees $25-$35 includes dinner. Benefits Palliative Care Foundation of Baton Rouge. Call Janet Rhodus (225) 413-4414.

JULY 3-5 — GOLDEN MEADOW-FOURCHON TARPON RODEO: Moran’s Marina, Fourchon Road, Port Fourchon.

JULY 9-11 — BASSMASTER NORTHERN OPEN: James River, Richmond, Virginia. First in 3-event series. Winners qualify for Bassmaster Classic. Other events: Aug. 6-8, Oneida Lake, Syracuse, New York; Sept. 24-26, Lake Erie, Sandusky, Ohio. Website: www.bassmaster.com.

JULY 23-25 — INTERNATIONAL GRAND ISLE TARPON RODEO: Sand Dollar Marina weighstation & Rodeo Pavilion, Grand Isle.

JULY 25 — MASTERS FLY FISHERS SERIES SEMINAR: 9 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Red River National Wildlife Refuge, Bossier City. Featured presenter Davy Wotton. Fee $35 includes lunch. Preregistration required. Website: www.northlaflyfishers.org.

AUG. 15 — RIDE-THE-BULL 6 EXTREME KAYAK RODEO: Bridge Side Marina, Grand Isle. Aug. 14 dinner, Calmwater Film Festival. Heaviest bull redfish landed, weighed, released) from kayak, paddlecraft in Caminada Pass. Registration required. Call Danny Wray (225) 721-8182. Website: www.calmwatercharters.net/ridethebull.

AUG. 29 — CONTRABAND CONCLAVE: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Moss Bluff United Methodist Church, Moss Bluff. Free. Fly programs, tying, casting clinics. Sponsored by the Contraband Fly Casters. Call Warren Landry (337) 853-7755. Website: www.contrabandflycasters.net.

SEPT. 12 — RIO GRANDE FLY FISHING RODEO: City Park, New Orleans. Free. Registration required. Top 3 heaviest Rio Grande perch caught on fly. Sponsored by the New Orleans Fly Fishers club. Call John Engert (504) 861-9514. Website: noflyfisher.blogspot.com.

SEPT. 12 — GOLDEN MEADOW SMACKDOWN KAYAK TOURNAMENT: Northern Lafourche Parish, weigh-in in Golden Meadow. Sponsored by the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club. Fourth in five-tournament series. Fee $20. Open to public. BCKFC members Angler of the Year points event. Registration: www.bckfc.org.

SEPT. 18-19 — FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERS GULF COAST EXPO: Civic Center, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. Free. Workshops, programs, fly tying, casting clinics, youth activities, FFF casting certification. Call Kyle Moppert (225) 343-0867. Website: www.gulfcoastfff.org.

OCT. 2-4 — LAKE CONCORDIA FLY FISHING TRIP: Lake Concordia, Ferriday. Sponsored by Red Stick Fly Fishers, Baton Rouge. Registration required. Call Jack Lithgoe (225) 362-7901. Website: www.rsff.org.

OCT. 3-4 — FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERS SOUTHERN FLY FAIR: Baxter County Fairgrounds, Mountain Home, Arkansas. Tickets $10/day, $5/17-younger. Workshops extra. Programs, tying, casting clinics, youth/women’s activities, FFF casting certification. Call Chris Jackson (870) 499-3056. Website: www.southerncouncilfff.org.

OCT. 9-11 — KAYAK FISHING BOONDOGGLE: Fountainebleau State Park, Mandeville. Seminars, kayak rigging workshops, demos, fly casting/tying, youth activities, photo clinics. Free. Fees for workshops, dinner, camping. Website: www.kayakfishingboondoggle.com.

OCT. 15-17 — SOUTHERN RODMAKERS GATHERING: Fulton’s Lodge, Mountain Home, Arkansas. Fee $60 includes meals. Website: www.southernrodmakers.org.

OCT. 16-17 — IFA KAYAK TOUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Location TBA for qualifying kayak anglers. Website: www.ifakayakfishingtour.com.

OCT. 30-NOV. 1 — SOUTHERN FLY FISHERS RENDEZVOUS: North Toledo Bend State Park, Zwolle. Sponsored by the Federation of Fly Fishers Gulf Coast Council. Call Kyle Moppert (225) 343-0867. Website: www.gulfcoastfff.org.

NOV. 13-15 — FALL CATCH-AND-EAT FLY FISHING TRIP: Louisiana marsh fly-fishing trip. Sponsored by Red Stick Fly Fishers, Baton Rouge. Registration required. Call Randy Leonpacher (225) 769-1895. Website: www.rsff.org.

NOV. 14 — WHERE Y’AT THROWDOWN KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT: Open waters east of Mississippi River, weigh-in Gulf Outlet Marina, Chalmette. Sponsored by the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club. Last in five-tournament series. Fee $20. Open to public. BCKFC members Angler of the Year points event. Registration: www.bckfc.org.


JAN. 25 — 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 Civilian Marksmanship Program membership. Other match dates: Feb. 22, March 29, April 26, May 23, June 28, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 22. Call George Serrett (225) 389-6118. Email: SouthLAHighPower@hotmail.com.

FEB. 7 — PALO ALTO MID-RANGE MATCHES: 7-8 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. firing line, Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, Donaldsonville. Four 600-yard, F-Class/Prone matches. Monthly event. Fee $15/adults, $5/under 21. Other dates: March 7-8 (Spring Regional Championship, 7 matches, fee $60/adults, $15/juniors), April 4, May 2, June 6, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3-4 (Champions de la Louisianne, 60-shooter limit, 7 matches, fee $60/adults, $15 juniors), Nov. 7, Dec. 5. Open to ages 14-older. Call Rick Sterwart (225) 301-1615 (5-8 p.m.). Website: www.Paloaltogunclub.com.

FEB. 14 — SMALLBORE/.22 RIMFIRE MATCH: 10 a.m., Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, Donaldsonville. 120 shots for record at 50 & 100 yards in F-Class Prone (any sight, any rifle, any support), Bench Rest & Conventional Prone. Fees $10 adults, $5 juniors. Monthly event. Other dates March 14, April 11-12 (Crawfish Invitational, 9 a.m., 240 shots), May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 24-25 (Cajun Classic Championship, 9 a.m., 320 shots). Call Richard Bordelon (225) 753-7675. Email: bordelonrp@cox.net.


JAN. 27-29 — COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION & RESTORATION ACT PLANNING TEAM MEETINGS: 11 a.m., Jan. 27, Region IV, Estuarine Fisheries & Habitat Center, 646 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette; 9 a.m., Jan. 28 , Region III, Terrebonne Parish Main Library, 151 Library Drive, Houma; 8 a.m., Regions I & II, Jan. 29, USFWS Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex, 61389 La. 434, Lacombe. Call Brad Inman (504) 862-2124.

FEB. 11 — 51ST GOVERNOR’S STATE CONSERVATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS NOMINATIONS DEADLINE: Sponsored by Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Categories: Professional, Volunteer, Youth Conservationist, Business, Educator, Elected Official, Communications and Conservation Organization. Awards presented March 28 banquet, Juban’s Restaurant, Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. Call LWF (225) 344-6707. Email: lwf@lawildlifefed.org. Website: www.lawildlifefed.org.

FEB. 27-28 — STATE DUCKS UNLIMITED LEADERSHIP MEETING: Homewood Suites, 201 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette. Call Michael Patterson (225) 572-4070.

MARCH 12 — WARREN COCO TRIBUTE/DUCKS UNLIMITED: 6 p.m., Burden Museum, Baton Rouge. Call Scott Singletary (225) 235-7085 or Stephen Babcock (225) 445-2361.

JULY 23-25 — LOUISIANA DUCKS UNLIMITED STATE CONVENTION: Double Tree Hotel, 1521 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette. Includes July 24 Roadkill Cookoff & July 25 annual banquet. Call Kurt Cazayoux (337) 739-4505 or Derrick Davis (337) 534-7999.


JAN. 10 — FESTIVAL OF THE CRANES: Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama. Sandhill cranes, whooping cranes & white pelicans viewing, workshops, nature walks & kids’ activities. Website: www.fws.gov/refuges.

JAN. 21-26 — SPACE COAST BIRDING AND WILDLIFE FESTIVAL: Eastern Florida State College & Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, Florida. Workshops, exhibits. Website: www.fws.gov/refuges.

FEB. 19-22 — WHOOPING CRANE FESTIVAL: Port Aransas, Texas. Field trips. Website: www.fws.gov/refuges.

FEB. 28 — FLORIDA SCRUB-JAY FESTIVAL: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. Guided nature walks & children’s crafts. Website: www.fws.gov/refuges.

APRIL 9-12 — FEATHERFEST: Brazoria & Anahuac national wildlife refuges, Galveston, Texas. Field trips. Website: www.fws.gov/refuges.

APRIL 24-27 — BALCONES SONGBIRD FESTIVAL: Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, Texas. Guided birding & nature tours. Website: www.fws.gov/refuges.

NOV. 4-8 — RIO GRANDE VALLEY BIRD FESTIVAL: Santa Ana, Lower Rio Grande Valley & Laguna Atascosa national wildlife refuges, Harlingen, Texas. Field trips. Website: www.fws.gov/refuges.