CALENDAR

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

BUTTERFLY BLAST: 8 a.m.-dark both days, Allen Acres, 5070 La. 399, Pitkin (site is 2 miles south of Cravens at La. 10.) Study and observation of caterpillars, cocoons, eggs of butterfly varieties & monarch tagging. Nightly viewing of hummingbird moths & firefly counts. Call Charles or Susan Allen (337) 328-2252. Email: native@camtel.net

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

FLY FISH LAKE CONCORDIA: Lake Concordia bream &bass. Sponsored by Red Stick Fly Fishers, Baton Rouge. Registration required. Call Jack Lithgoe (225) 439-2525. Website: www.rsff.org

SATURDAY

3rd ANNUAL ST. MICHAELS OPEN TEAM BASS TOURNAMENT: 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Michaels Church, 6484 La. 44, Convent. Fee $180/boat, $20 option Big Bass pot. $3,000 first-place guarantee (60 boats). In conjunction with St. Michaels Church Festival. Call Tommy Bourgeois (225) 206-1676. Website: www.saintmichaelchurchfestival.com

3rd ANNUAL RIO GRANDE FLY FISHING RODEO: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fly fishing for Rio Grande cichlids in Lafreniere Park, Metairie. Lunch, refreshments provided. Registration required. Sponsored by N.O. Fly Fishers. Call Larry Offner (225) 978-1945. Website: www.warmfly.com

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

MID-RANGE RIFLE REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, Donaldsonville. 600-yard prone match includes F-Class, FTR .223 &.308 with a bi-pod & conventional prone. Email: Lanny Russell: meister@cox.net. Website: PaloAltoGunClub.com

LEEVILLE FISHING RODEO: Griffin’s Marina, Leeville. Tickets $15. Benefits local charities. Call Janet Rhodus (225) 413-4414 or Griffin’s Marina (985) 396-2415.

SUNDAY

FALSE RIVER BASS TRAIL TOURNAMENT: Safe daylight, 2 p.m. weigh-in, False River, Public Landing, Morrison Parkway, New Roads. Tenth in 11-tournament pick-your-partner series. Fee $40/boat, $60 membership. Call Kenny Mix (225) 638-5689.

TUESDAY

MASTERS FISHERMEN BASS FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Ryan’s, 910 S. Range Ave., Denham Springs. Boaters, non-boaters welcomed. Call Matt Yates (225) 278-3200/(225) 756-4591 or Roger May (225) 573-6406.

THURSDAY, OCT. 6

AMITE RIVER HUNTING RETRIEVER CLUB MEETING: 7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Call Mark Evans (225) 938-6981.

DUCKS UNLIMITED/NEW ORLEANS CHAPTER BANQUET: Call John Driscoll (504) 329-6310.

AROUND THE CORNER

OCT. 6-8-FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERS SOUTHERN CONCLAVE: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, Baxter County Fairgrounds, Mountain Home, Ark. Tickets $10/day, $5/under 18. FFF Casting Certification. Website: www.southerncouncilfff.org

OCT. 7-8-LOUISIANA SALTWATER SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP: Safe daylight, Delta Marina, Empire. End-of-the-season event. Qualifiers only. Redfish 16-to-under 27 inches. Website: www.wlf.louisiana.gov

OCT. 7-8-5th ANNUAL GRAND ISLE LADIES FISHING RODEO: Bridge Side Marina, Grand Isle. Fee $20. Separate girls ages 6-15 division. Benefits America Cancer Society. Call Sue Galliano (504) 915-0382 or Martha Ham (985) 787-2229.

OCT. 8-9-LOUISIANA SMALLBORE PRONE CHAMPIONSHIP & CAJUN CLASSIC: Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, Donaldsonville. 50- & 100-yard prone match. Email Richard Bordelon: bordelonrp@cox.net. Website: PaloAltoGunClub.com

OCT. 12-COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION & RESTORATION ACT TASK FORCE MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Army Corps of Engineers office, 7400 Leake Ave., New Orleans. Call Allison Massiello (504) 862-2075.

OCT. 12-LIVINGSTON PARISH CHAPTER/DELTA WATERFOWL BANQUET: 6 p.m., The Pavilion, Greystone Country Club, 9461 St. Andrews Ct., Denham Springs. Tickets $50, $75 couples, $25 youth. Reserved 8-member tables. Call Jamey Sandefur (225) 921-6348

HUNTING SEASONS

DEER/YOUTH-ONLY: Through Friday, State Deer Areas 3, 7 & 8. Either-sex take. Open to 17-and-younger.

SQUIRREL & RABBIT: Saturday (Oct. 1), opening day, statewide. Through Feb. 29.

DEER/ARCHERY: Saturday (Oct. 1), opening day, State Deer Areas 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 & 7. Either-sex take allowed in Areas 1, 2, 4, 5 & 7 through Jan. 31. Bucks-only Area 6 (including special Atchafalaya Basin season) through Oct. 15, then either-sex take through Feb. 15.

DEER/HANDICAPPED-ONLY, PRIVATE LANDS HUNTS: Oct. 1-2. statewide. State Physically Challenged Hunter Permit required.

DEER/YOUTH-ONLY: Oct. 8-14, State Deer Area 2. Either-sex take. Open to 17-and-younger.

DEER/PRIMITIVE WEAPONS: Oct. 8-14, State Deer Areas 3, 7 & 8. Still-hunt only, either-sex take allowed.

DEER/YOUTH-ONLY WMA HUNTS: Oct. 8-9, Salvador-Timkin, Boeuf, Ouachita & Sicily Island Hills WMAs.

DOVES/FIRST SPLIT - North & south zone: Closed. Second split: North Zone, Oct. 8-Nov. 6; South Zone, Oct. 15-Nov. 27.

DEER/ARCHERY: State Deer Areas 3 & 8. Through Jan. 15.

NUTRIA: Statewide through Feb. 29. Daily limit is 5. Nontoxic shot only for shotguns. See state Hunting Regulations 2011-2012 for specific restrictions on take & pelting.

UNREGULATED BIRDS: Statewide through Jan. 1 for crows, blackbirds, cowbirds & grackles. Specific regulations for “depredating” order.

JUST ANNOUNCED

OCT. 12-DUCKS UNLIMITED/WEST BANK CHAPTER BANQUET: Call John Giardina (504) 340-5000.

OCT. 13-A WILD NIGHT: 6:30 p.m., Live Oak Arabians, Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge. 2011 Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Foundation fundraiser. Call LWFF (225) 765-5100.

OCT. 15-TURKEY SHOOT AT HONEY BRAKE: 9 a.m. registration, Honey Brake gun Club, Jonesville. 100-target sporting clays. Fee $200/gun (5-shooter teams) includes lunch, afternoon dove hunt. National Wild Turkey Federation/Louisiana Corporate Day 5-man Team Challenge. Sponsorships available. Call Paul Ferrell (318) 792-1893 or Drew Keeth (318) 452-6875.

OCT. 19-DUCKS UNLIMITED/SLIDELL CHAPTER BANQUET: Call Dennis Lanigan (985) 640-6582.

OCT. 20-S.T.A.R. AWARDS BANQUET: 5 p.m., Live Oak Arabians, 6300 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge. 2011 S.T.A.R. winners, dinner, auctions. Call Rad Trascher (225) 952-9200.

OCT. 22-LA. SALTWATER SERIES SPECKLED TROUT TOURNAMENT: The Dock, Dockside Bait & Tackle, Slidell. Catch-and-release tournament. Sponsored by Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries. Fee $100/3-angler teams (only two members can be 16 or older). Website: www.lasaltwaterseries.com

OCT. 27-BATON ROUGE CHAPTER /DELTA WATERFOWL BANQUET

OCT. 27-29-13th ANNUAL CLAY SHOOT FOR SCOUTS CLASSIC: Oct. 27, dinner & auction, Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling, Plank Road; Oct. 28, Warm-up Shoot, Hunters’ Run, Port Allen; Clay Shoot, 7:30 a.m., Avondale Scout Reservation, Clinton. Benefits Istrouma Area Council. Email: lamarr.walker@scouting.org

OCT. 29-CCA/PLAQUEMINES PARISH REDFISH CHALLENGE AND YOUTH RODEO: Cypress Cove Marina, Venice. Oct. 28, Captain’s Meeting, Venice Marina, Venice. Teams up to 3 anglers. Fee $350, no fee for youth rodeo. Two live redfish 16-to-under 27 inches long. $15,000 first-place guarantee (100 boats) & $10,000 bonus. Call CCA (225) 952-9200. Website: www.ccalouisiana.com

OCT. 29-30-BRITISH FIELD TRIAL

SOCIETY/GULF COAST CHAPTER FALL RETRIEVER FIELD TRIAL: Antlers & Wings Hunting Plantation, Kiln, Miss. Oct. 29, 16-dog Novice Stake; Oct. 30, 12-dog Open Stake. Call Lawayne Smith (601) 310-7829.

NOV. 9-ASCENSION PARISH CHAPTER/DELTA WATERFOWL BANQUET: Civic Center, Gonzales. Call Brandon Denehy (225) 572-0176. Email: brandond@gcrec.org

FOR 2012

BRIAN HARRIS CHEVROLET CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL BASS CLASSIC: March 3, 2012. Doiron’s Landing, Stephensville

20th-ANNUAL ERIC ANDOLSEK MEMORIAL BASS TOURNAMENT: March 24, 2012, Bob’s Bayou Black Marina, Gibson.

CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK BASS TOURNAMENT: March 24, 2012, St. James Boat Club, Sorrento.

STATE PARKS

The Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism has an up-to-date schedule for state parks and historic sites. Website: www.crt.state.la.us/parks/icalendar.aspx

Because of budget cuts, a revised schedule has state parks with boat launches open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m.; entrances at state parks without boat launches are open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. through September. Other changes are listed on the website.

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