THURSDAY

FERAL HOG MANAGEMENT ADVISORY TASK FORCE MEETING: 9 a.m., Wildlife and Fisheries state headquarters, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Dr. Jim LaCour (224) 765-2346. Email: jmlacour@wlf.la.gov.

A WILD NIGHT: 5:30 p.m., Live Oak Arabians, 6300 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation fundraiser. Catered. Live/silent auctions. Benefits Youth Hunter Education Challenge, Louisiana Hunting & Fishing Day, statewide youth fishing programs, Louisiana Wetshop & whooping crane restoration. Call Sam Barbera (225) 765-2860. Email: sbarbera@lawff.org. Website: wildnight.org.

PADDLE UP 2: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Greenwood Community Park, Baker. Basic kayak/paddleboard instruction. A BREC event. Fee $10-$15. Call BREC (225) 272-9200; email: outdooradventure@brec.org; website: webtrac.brec.org.

PONTCHARTRAIN FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 6:30 p.m., Olde Towne Fly Shop, 3675 Ponchartrain Drive, Slidell. Call Tristan Daire (985) 630-3892.

JUNIOR SOUTHWEST BASSMASTERS MEETING: 7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Age group bass tournaments for ages 7-10, 11-14 & 15-18 anglers. Call Jim Breaux (225) 262-0929.

SATURDAY

CAJUN CASTAWAY KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT: Lake Prien Park, Lake Charles. Lafayette Kayak Fishing Club event. Open to public. Fee $25. Artificial tackle only. Roadrunner format. Heaviest “slam” slot redfish, speckled trout, flounder. Website: lafayettekayakfishing.com.

SUNDAY

PADDLE UP 3: 8-11 a.m., boat launch, Highland Road Park, Baton Rouge. Kayak/paddleboard instruction. A BREC event. Fee $10-$15. Call BREC (225) 272-9200; email: outdooradventure@brec.org; website: webtrac.brec.org.

TUESDAY

LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack and Paddle, 601 East Pinhook, Lafayette. Call (337) 232-5854. Website: lafayettekayakfishing.com.

TUESDAY-SUNDAY

WINGS OVER WATER FESTIVAL: Manteo, North Carolina. Website: fws.gov.

WEDNESDAY

BATON ROUGE CHAPTER/DUCKS UNLIMITED BANQUET: 6 p.m., Parker Coliseum, LSU, Baton Rouge. Tickets $60, $15 youths, $25 students, $100 couples. Tables $600-$2,500. Email: ccpansini@gmail.com.

HUNTING SEASONS

See 2018-2019 Louisiana Hunting Pamphlet for bag limits, shooting times, other restrictions & special youth-only squirrel hunts on state WMAs.

SPECIAL DEER SEASON: Oct. 13-19, State Deer Area 2 for youths 17 and younger and resident honorably discharged veterans. Archery, primitive & modern firearms allowed. Either-sex take allowed.

DEER/PRIMITIVE WEAPONS: Oct. 13-19, State Deer Areas 3, 7, 8 & 10, either-sex take allowed.

DEER/ARCHERY: Through Oct. 15 (bucks only), Oct. 16-Feb. 15 (either sex), State Deer Areas 5, 6 & 9.

DEER/PRIMITIVE WEAPONS: Oct. 20-26, State Deer Area 2, either-sex take allowed.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS: Oct. 20-Nov. 25, State Deer Areas 3, 8 & 10, still-hunt only, either-sex take allowed.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS: Oct. 20-Nov. 2, State Deer Areas 7, still-hunt only, either-sex take allowed.

DOVES: Second split: through Nov. 11, North Zone; through Nov. 25, South Zone.

DEER/ARCHERY: State Deer Areas 3, 7, 8 & 10, through Jan. 15. Through Jan. 31, State Deer areas 1, 2 & 4, either-sex take allowed.

SQUIRREL & RABBIT: Through Feb. 28, statewide private lands & selected wildlife management areas.

AROUND THE CORNER

OCT. 18—S.T.A.R. BANQUET: 5 p.m., Live Oak Arabians, 6300 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge. Tickets $50 (free for youngsters 12 and younger). Call CCA (225) 952-9200.

OCT. 18—QDMA BAYOU BRANCH $10,000 DRAWDOWN: 6 p.m., Civic Center,

310 North Canal Boulevard, Thibodaux. Call J.B. Wynn (903) 910-9588.

OCT. 18—NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church Hall, 444 Metairie Rd., Metairie. Call Joe Bandera (504) 888-2149.

OCT. 19-20—FALL MARSH INVASION FLY FISHING TRIP: Pointe-aux-Chenes. Kisatchie Fly Fishers marsh fishing event. Registration required. Call Glen Cormier (318) 793-5855. Website: kisatchiefly.org.

OCT. 20—WILD THINGS: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, La. 434, Lacombe. No fee. Speakers, canoeing, wildlife crafts, fly tying, youth wildlife art. Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges event. Call (985) 882-2000.

OCT. 20—TRAPPING WORKSHOP: Department of Wildlife & Fisheries field office, Monroe. No fee. Registration required. State trapping regulations, equipment, safety, management practices, trap selection/setting and skinning. Call Jennifer Manuel (337) 735-8674. Email: JHogue-Manuel@wlf.la.gov.

OCT. 22—RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Conference Room, Cabelas, Gonzales. Call Sydney Dobson (225)892-1613. Website: rsff.org.

OCT. 23—FLY TYING AT BASS PRO: 6 p.m., White River Fly Shop, Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Bring tools, materials provided. Call Ron Brooks (225) 271-3100.

OCT. 26—ATCHAFALAYA REGION CHAPTER/QUAIL FOREVER BANQUET: 6 p.m., Bridgeview Gun Club, 1365 Northwest Drive off La. 1, Port Allen. Raffles, live/silent auctions. Money raised remains with the chapter to enhance south Louisiana quail habitat & hunting opportunities. Call John Balance (225) 266-1953. Email: jballance@cox.net.

FISHING/SHRIMPING

OPEN SEASONS: Recreational greater amberjack & all groupers except goliath & Nassau groupers in state/federal waters. Greater amberjack season through Oct. 31.

CLOSED SEASONS: Recreational red snapper and gray triggerfish seasons state and federal waters. Commercial king mackerel & gray triggerfish, and commercial season on large coastal shares closed in state and federal waters.

SHRIMP: Fall inshore season open in all state inside waters.

Email: jmacaluso@theadvocate.com