SOUTHERN SPORTMAN’S FESTIVAL & EXPO: Final day, Alario Center, Westwego. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets $10 adults, $5 under 16, free 5-under, special Ducks Unlimited Day. Fishing/hunting seminars, vendors, retriever demos. Kendall Jones Safari Club celebrity guest. Website: southernsportsmansfestival.com.
RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Special Emmitt Simmons presentation on bonefishing in Bermuda. Call Joe Kahler (225) 892-4352. Website: www.rsff.org.
BASIC ARCHERY INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION COURSES: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Hope Baptist School, Alexandria. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ National Archery in the Schools Basic Archery Instructor course. Designed for instructors working with students in grades 3-12. Training materials, equipment provided, No fee. Online registration: naspbai.org/ClassSearch.aspx?country=US&state=LA. Call Robert Stroede (318) 484-2276. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WESTSIDE CHAPTER-CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Carl F. Grant Civic Center, 24700 J. Gerald Berret Blvd., Plaquemine. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call CCA Louisiana (225) 952-9200.
FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Landing, False River (south end), Jarreau. Fee $30/boat plus launch fee (maximum two anglers). Weekly Friday night event through Sept. 11. Call Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402.
SOUTH LAFOURCHE CHEERLEADING FISHING RODEO: Bridge Side Marina, Grand Isle. Call marina (985) 787-2419.
BOATING SAFETY CLASS: Cabela’s, Gonzales. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 4-10 About Boating Safety course (all day). Fee free. $25 for course book. Boat maintenance, navigation rules, safe boating operation, navigation lights, operating a boat safely, docking, anchoring, boating laws, fueling, float plans. Meets state mandatory boating education law requirements. Email: email@example.com.
AROUND THE CORNER
JULY 21 — LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack and Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook Road, Lafayette. Website: www.lafayettekayakfishing.com.
JULY 23-25 — INTERNATIONAL GRAND ISLE TARPON RODEO: Sand Dollar Marina & Rodeo Pavilion, Grand Isle. Call Tommy Ory (504) 439-1779.
JULY 23-25 — LOUISIANA DUCKS UNLIMITED STATE CONVENTION: Double Tree Hotel, 1521 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette. Includes July 24 Roadkill Cookoff & July 25 annual banquet. Call Kurt Cazayoux (337) 739-4505 or Derrick Davis (337) 534-7999.
JULY 25 — LAFAYETTE OUTDOOR EXPO DUCK & SPECKLEBELLY GOOSE CALLING CONTEST: 3 p.m., Cajundome, Lafayette. Senior Duck, Youth Duck & Open Specklebelly Goose categories. Fee $10. Call David Boudreaux (318) 781-2134.
JULY 25 — FLY TYING AT BASS PRO SHOPS: 9:30 a.m.-noon, Conference Room, Bass Pro, Denham Springs. Call Ron Brooks (225) 271-3100.
JULY 25 — MASTERS FLY FISHERS SERIES SEMINAR: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Red River National Wildlife Refuge, Bossier City. Featured presenter Davy Wotton. Fee $35 includes lunch. Preregistration required. Website: www.northlaflyfishers.org.
JULY 26 — 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.
JULY 27 — RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Cabela’s, Gonzales. Call Pete Bongiovanni (225) 313-3813 . Website: www.rsff.org.
JULY 27 — 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.
JULY 25 — kayak slamboree: 5 a.m., Leeville Public Launch, La. 1, Leeville. Kayaks only for 1 redfish, 1 speckled trout, 1 flounder catch. Sponsored by the Lafayette Kayak Fishing Club. Website: www.lafayettekayakfishing.com
JULY 25-26 — BIOBLITZ: Allen Acres, Pitkin. Inventory of plant, butterfly, bird, moth & fungi species. Daylight to dark both days. Includes firefly count. Call Charles Allen or Susan Allen (337) 328-2252. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUG. 1 — TRINITY OUTDOORS DISABLED ADVENTURES 3RD ANNUAL CLAY & BOW SHOOT: G.O.L. Shooting Range, Maurice. 4-shooter sporting clays teams, 100-target course. Fee $100/shooter. Individual 3D, 10-station bow course. Ronnie Strickland celebrity shooter. Sponsorships available. Benefits Acadiana Amputee Support Group Outreach Program. Call Jason Bland (225) 715-9581. Email: email@example.com. Website: www.trinitydisabledadventures.com.
STATEWIDE TOURNAMENT & ANGLER’S RODEO: Through Labor Day, summer-long, multi-species coastal fishing competition. CCA membership required & S.T.A.R. fee through Labor Day. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
ATCHAFALAYA BASIN BASS LIMIT CHANGE: Daily creel changed to statewide regulations, 10 bass per day, no size limit. Also includes Lake Verret, Lake Palourde & Lake Fausse Point/Lake Dauterive complexes.
STATE RED SNAPPER SEASON: Open daily in state waters until further Department of Wildlife & Fisheries notice. Two-fish daily limit with 16-inch minimum size.
FEDERAL WATERS/CHARTERBOAT RED SNAPPER SEASON: Closes Tuesday, July 14 in federal waters.
OPEN seasons: Red & gag grouper, several species of sharks in state and federal waters.
SPRING INSHORE SHRIMP SEASON: Closed in all state inside waters, except the “double-rig line” in Breton & Chandeleur sounds. Detailed map website: www.wlf.louisiana.gov.
CLOSED seasons: Greater amberjack season closed through July 31 in state/federal waters. Federal recreational red snapper, gray triggerfish & recreational non-sandbar large coastal sharks (state/federal waters) & commercial fishing for large coastal sharks in state/federal waters for remainder of 2015.