Birds, bird dogs and bass dominate big-time outdoor events during the next three weeks and can fill the schedules for almost anyone involved in the Sportsman’s Paradise.
For the coming weekend, the 11th annual Eagle Expo and More will run Thursday through Saturday in Morgan City. It’s three days filled with boat tours to view eagles in the Atchafalaya Basin and surrounding wetlands, seminars, a live raptor presentation and other birding opportunities.
The Expo begins with Thursday’s 6-7:30 p.m. “Wings to Soar” at the Bayou Vista Community Center. It’s a free event, but reservations are required. Call (985) 380-8224. C.C. Lockwood will hold a 9 a.m. photography workshop Friday, and there’s a field trip to Bayou Black set for noon. Eagle tours are set Friday and Saturday on several waterways. Friday night’s dinner hilight (6:30 at the Petroleum Club, $40) is “Perils and Pitfalls of Birding,” by Bill Thompson III. Registration fees range from $45-$125. Go to www.cajuncoast.com/eagleexpo.
The South LA Birddog Association will hold a National Shoot to Retrieve Association field trial Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. at Barry Farm in Grand Coteau. Call or text Rob Barry (337) 277-9825 for details.
Bass fishing takes over early March. Gonzales touring pro Greg Hackney, the 2014 B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year, goes for his first Bassmaster Classic title March 4-6 on Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees near Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The annual, and successful, Children’s Hospital Bass Classic launches at Doiron’s in Stephensville with a $12,500 first-place guarantee. Call Gary Cross at (225) 938-1808 or Brad Rodrigue (985) 209-0722.
Then, March 12, the 3rd Annual Trinity Outdoors Bass Classic has three launch sites and a 3 p.m. weigh-in at Gonzales’ Lamar Dixon Expo Center with a $10,000 first-place guarantee. It benefits a variety of outdoors activities for the disabled. Call Jason Bland at (337) 774-6533.