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File photo/JOE MACALUSO True to life This Carolina wren carved by Richard Reeves from Chalmette was among the standout entries in a past contest, and shows the artistry that will be on display Saturday and Sunday in the 38th annual Louisiana Wildfowl Festival and Gulf South Open Championship Carving competition at the Castine Center in Mandeville's Pelican Park. Competitive categories include North American birds, Decorative Song Birds and non-North American Wild Fowl in Professional, Amateur and Novice divisions.

THURSDAY

LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge.

QDMA/SOUTH LOUISIANA BRANCH ‘GUN BASH’ BANQUET: 6 p.m., 4-H mini-Farm, Ag Center Drive, LSU, Baton Rouge. Tickets $100, $800 tables. Call Bill Shockey (225) 291-7500.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

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.

SATURDAY

14TH ANNUAL JACOB DUGAS MEMORIAL BASS TOURNAMENT: Doiron’s Landing, Stephensville. Captain’s meeting Oct. 1, Premier Performance Marine. $5,000 first-place guarantee. Fee $183 includes launch. Call Philip Waguespack (225) 571-4169 or Curt Paren (225) 337-2996.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

38TH ANNUAL LOUISIANA WILDFOWL FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 3 & 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 4, Castine Center, Pelican Park, 63350 Pelican Drive, Mandeville. 1 p.m. auction, Oct. 4. Wildlife carving contests of North American species, $40,000 in prize money. $5 adults, $1 12-under. Sponsored by La. Wildfowl Carvers & Collectors Guild. Website: www.lwccg.com.

CHAMPIONS DE LA LOUISIANNE MID-RANGE MATCHES: Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, Donaldsonville. 60-shooter limit, 7 matches, fee $60/adults, $15 juniors. Open to ages 14-older. Call Rick Stewart (225) 301-1615 (5-8 p.m.). Website: www.Paloaltogunclub.com.

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.

TUESDAY

CCA METRO NEW ORLEANS FISHING SEMINAR: 5:30 p.m., Bryan Chevrolet, 8213 Airline Drive, Metairie. Charter captains: CT Williams, Ahab Broadus, Mike Gallo, Dudley Vandenborre, Theophile Bourgeois & Peace Marvel. Jambalaya supper, raffles, door prizes. $5 door donation. Call Andy LeBlanc (504) 832-9903.

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

WEDNESDAY

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

AROUND THE CORNER

OCT. 8 — JUNIOR SW BASSMASTERS-DENHAM SPRINGS BASS MEETING: 7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Call Jim Breaux (225) 262-0929/(225) 772-3026.

OCT. 9-10 — LOUISIANA SALTWATER SERIES-REDFISH CHAMPIONSHIP: Venice Marina, Venice. Last in six-event series. Rules/registration website: www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

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. 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.

OCT. 10 — FISH THE BAYOU KAYAK TOURNAMENT: Fish anywhere in the state (midnight to 5 p.m.) for 3 redfish/2 speckled trout catch. Larose Bayou Civic Club, 307 East 5th Street, Larose. Website: www.lafayettekayakfishing.com.

OCT. 10-11 — FALSE RIVER BASS CLUB TRAIL “CLASSIC”: Lake Bruin State Park. Qualifiers from first six events. Call Kenny Mix (225) 278-0673. Email: Kenneth.Mix@lpsb.org.

OCT. 11 — NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES FEE-FREE DAYS: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-managed refuges. Fee waiver does not cover concessionaire/license fees.

OCT. 12 — RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Joe Kahler (225) 892-4352. Website: www.rsff.org.

JUST ANNOUNCED

OCT. 10 — INAUGURAL MORGAN CITY HIGH BASEBALL OPEN BASS TOURNAMENT: Safe daylight, Doiron’s Landing, Stephensville. Pick-your-partner. Fee $100/boat, $110 after Oct. 7. Legally posted waters off limits. Cross-over levee at 11 a.m. 3 p.m. weigh-in. Call Larry Doiron Jr. (985) 397-3113.

OCT. 15 — A WILD NIGHT: 6:30 p.m., Live Oak Arabians, 6300 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation fundraiser. Live/silent auctions. Call LWFF (225) 765-2860. Website: www.lawff.org.

HUNTING

DEER/ARCHERY: Thursday (Oct. 1), opening day, State Deer Areas 1, 2, 4, 5 & 7, either-sex take allowed through Jan. 31; Oct. 1, opening day, State Deer Areas 6 & 9, bucks-only season through Oct. 15, then either-sex take allowed through Feb. 15; through Jan. 15, State Deer Areas 3, 8 & 10, either-sex take allowed.

SQUIRREL/RABBIT: Saturday (Oct. 3), opening day, statewide, through Feb. 29.

deer/primitive weapons: Oct. 10-16, State Deer Areas 3, 7, 8 & 10. Still-hunt only, either-sex take allowed.

NUTRIA: Through Feb. 29.

FISHING

CLOSED seasons: State & federal recreational red snapper, greater amberjack, gray triggerfish (federal waters) & recreational non-sandbar large coastal sharks (state/federal waters) & commercial fishing for large coastal sharks in state/federal waters for remainder of 2015.

FALL INSHORE SHRIMP SEASON: Open coast-wide until further notice.

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