THURSDAY-SUNDAY

WHOOPING CRANE FESTIVAL: Port Aransas, Texas. Field trips. Website: www.fws.gov/refuges.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

GEICO BASSMASTER CLASSIC: Lake Hartwell, Greenville, S.C. Daily afternoon weigh-ins on Bassmaster website: www.bassmaster.com.

SATURDAY

4TH annual Multiple Sclerosis Open Team Bass Tournament: 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. “trailer” tournament. Weigh-in St. James Boat Club, Airline Highway, Gramercy. $150/boat & optional $20 big-bass kitty. Morning check-in Bayside Tackle, Pierre Part; Doiron’s, Stephensville; Public Landing, Belle River. Benefits Louisiana Chapter, MS Society. Call Jeff Bourgeois (225) 715-1198 or Billy Jordan (225) 806-3719. Website: www.theriverparishateam.com.

ABOUT BOATING SAFETY COURSE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Cabela’s Gonzales. Coast Guard/Flotilla 4-10. Complies with state mandatory boating education regulation. Fee $25. Call Daniel Sonnier (225) 938-3374.

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.

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

SUNDAY

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. Call George Serrett (225) 389-6118. Email: SouthLAHighPower@hotmail.com.

MONDAY

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.

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.

TUESDAY

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board MeetING: 9:30 a.m., Second Floor Conference Room, Advanced Technology Center, UNO, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans.

AROUND THE CORNER

FEB. 26 — NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7:00 p.m., Whitney Bank, 1441 Metairie Rd., New Orleans. Call Sean Gilthorpe (504) 259-2329.

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.

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

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. 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.

FEB. 28 — 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. Call Alex Beane (225) 757-7286.

FEB. 28 — FLY TYING AT BASS PRO SHOPS: 9:30 a.m.-noon, Conference Room, Bass Pro, Denham Springs. Call Ron Brooks (225) 271-3100.

JUST ANNOUNCED

MARCH 17 — SAFE BOATING COURSE/U.S. POWER SQUADRON: 7 p.m., March 17, Munholland United Methodist Church, 1201 Metairie Road, Metairie. Complete course runs March 24, March 31 & April 7. Includes seamanship, equipment, navigation, emergencies & boating/licensing laws. No fee. $40 course book. State Boating Law certification course. Call Charley Heintz (504) 232-0063.

HUNTING SEASONS

SNIPE: Coastal, East & West Zones, through Feb. 27.

SQUIRRELS/RABBITS/QUAIL: Through Feb. 28, statewide, private lands.

GEESE/CONSERVATION ORDER/STATEWIDE: Through March 1. Take limited to blue, snow & Ross’ geese. Special allowances and regulations.

RECREATIONAL FISHING

STATE/FEDERAL RED SNAPPER SEASON: Closed in state & federal waters.

OPEN seasons: Greater amberjack & red grouper in state and federal waters. Recreational non-sandbar large coastal sharks in state waters through 12:01 a.m. April 1.

FALL INSHORE SHRIMP SEASON: Closed in most state inshore and offshore waters. See Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website (www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons) for remaining open waters.

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