SOUTHERN SPORTSMAN’S FESTIVAL & EXPO: Final day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Alario Center, Westwego. Admission $10, $5/ages 7-16, free/6 & younger, $5 military. Seminars, boating, tackle, waterfowling, hunting & fishing. Website: www.southernsportsmansfestival.com.
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.
BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Cayuga Lake, Ithaca, N.Y. Last in 8-tournament series to determine 2015 Bassmaster Classic qualifiers. Website: www.bassmaster.com.
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.
5TH-ANNUAL WOUNDED WAR HEROES FISHING RODEO: Cypress Cove Marina, Venice. Volunteers, donations needed. For wounded U.S. Armed Forces veterans. Call Emeric Watson (985) 960-1471. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.wwhfr.com.
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: email@example.com.
FLY TYING AT BASS PRO SHOPS: 9:30 a.m.-noon, Conference Room, Bass Pro, Denham Springs. Call Ron Brooks (225) 271-3100.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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. 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 Civilian Marksmanship Program 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.
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, knot-tying & self-rescue. Class limit 35. Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club & Department of Wildlife and Fisheries project. Email Todd Lewis: email@example.com. Call Cabela’s (225) 743-3400.
AUG. 30 — LOUISIANA NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION OPEN CALLING CONTEST: 9-11 a.m. registration, Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. NWTF-sanctioned contest. Winners advance to nationals. Call Bobby Berthelot (601) 657-0707. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEPT. 5-6 — 17TH-ANNUAL SAVE OUT LAKE & COAST FISHING RODEO: The New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans. Open, Kayak & Youth divisions. Tickets $40 & $15, Puglia’s, Metairie. First 75 registered youths receive rod-&-reel. 8 species. Limited to take from 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. 14-inch minimum size limit. Fee $80. Benefits Relay for Life/American Cancer Society. Call Tanner Pourciau (225) 955-2460. Email: email@example.com
STATEWIDE TOURNAMENT & ANGLERS’ RODEO—S.T.A.R.: Through Sept. 1. Sponsored by CCA-Louisiana. Entry fee/CCA membership required. Call CCA-Louisiana (225) 952-9200.
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. Will close to recreational and commercial take at 12:01 a.m. local time Monday, Aug. 25 for the remainder of 2014.
Fall INSHORE SHRIMP SEASON: Opens Aug. 18 statewide, one-half hour before sunrise in state waters west of the Atchafalaya River & 6 p.m. in state waters east of the Atchafalaya River. Map details website: www.wlf.la.gov.