INTERNATIONAL GRAND ISLE TARPON RODEO: Sand Dollar Marina weighstation & Rodeo Tent, Grand Isle. Weigh-in schedule: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Friday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.

FAUX PAS LODGE FISHING RODEO: Venice Marina, Venice. Weighstation schedule: 5-8 p.m. Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 5-8 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 3-6 p.m. Saturday.


FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS SERIES: 7 p.m.-midnight, False River, Public Landing, Morrison Parkway, New Roads. Weekly Friday night tournament through Sept. 9. Fee $30 per boat/1-2 anglers. Call Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402.


HUMMINGBIRD CELEBRATION: 6 p.m., July 29, Rosedown Plantation & 7 a.m., July 30, private gardens & banding/weighing birds, St. Francisville. Sponsored by the Feliciana Nature Society. Call (800) 488-6502. Website: www.audubon


A NATION OF DOMINANCE SAC-A-LAIT TOURNAMENT: Safe daylight, Old River, Old River Landing, Morganza. Benefits Southern U. athletics. Call Chuckie Wells (225) 603-4261 or Donald Shelmire (225) 226-2836.

ALDO LEOPOLD ?GREEN FIRE’ FILM: 5 p.m., Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte. LSU-Eunice professor Malcolm Vidrine “The Cajun Prairie: A Natural History” book signing. Admission $1. Call LSA (888) 677-6100.


MASTERS FISHERMEN BASS FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Café Lagrange, 635 S. Range Ave., Denham Springs. Boaters, nonboaters welcomed. Call Matt Yates (225) 278-3200/(225) 756-4591 Home or Roger May (25) 573-6406/(225) 665-1892.


WEDNESDAY EVENING BASS TOURNAMENT: 5 p.m., Canal Bank Club, Diversion Canal, Maurepas. 2-angler teams, 3-bass limit. Weekly event. Call David Cavell (225) 937-0046 or Canal Bank Club (225) 698-9074.


LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge.


AUG. 6-51st ANNUAL EAST ASCENSION SPORTSMAN’S LEAGUE KIDS FISHING RODEO: 7-9 a.m., Twin Lakes Park (La. 74 at Interstate 10), Dutchtown. Youngsters ages 2-12. 6:30 a.m. registration. No fee. Must furnish own tackle. Must use live crickets, worms. EASL membership not required. Hot dogs, soft drinks provided. Door prizes. Call Carlton Savoy (225) 910-3020 or Ryan Schilling (225) 413-9193.

AUG. 6-YOUNG LIFE SPORTING CLAY FUNDRAISER: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Hunter’s Run Gun Club, Port Allen. 5-gun teams, 100-target sporting clays event. Fee $125/shooter, $625 team. Sponsorship levels available. Lunch included. Call Jim Purgerson (225) 296-3706. Email: jpurgerson@

AUG. 6-MID RANGE RIFLE MATCH: Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, Donaldsonville. 600-yard prone match includes F-Class (any rifle, any sight, any support), FTR .223 &.308 with a bipod & conventional prone (any caliber). Email Lanny Russell: Website:

AUG. 7-ST. JAMES BOAT CLUB JUNIOR CHOUPIQUE RODEO: 9 a.m.-noon, St. James Boat Club, U.S. 61, south of Sorrento. Open to ages 1-15. Fee 25 cents. Bank fishing only. Call St. James Boat Club (225) 869-8966.

AUG. 8-RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Dan Weber (225) 892-4352. Website:

AUG. 13-18th ANNUAL PELICAN STATE FRIENDS OF THE NRA BANQUET: 6 p.m., Crowne Plaza, Baton Rouge. Benefits youth shooting sports & education programs. Call Dan Calvert (225) 328-6948.

AUG. 14-HIGH POWER BENCHREST MATCH: Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, Donaldsonville. 100-yard match. Email Joe Bougard: Website:


AUG. 6-YOUNGLIFE SPORTING CLAYS CLASSIC: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Hunter’s Run gun Club, Port Allen. 100 targets, Fee $125/gun; $625/team. Lunch included. Sponsorships available. Call YoungLife (225) 389-0111. Email:

AUG. 13-WHEELIN’ SPORTSMEN BANQUET: 6 p.m., Youngsville Center, 727 Young St. Youngsville. Tickets $45, $500 tables. Auctions, raffles, door prizes, dinner. Donations accepted. Call Gene Thibodeaux (337) 254-8195 or Donna Thibodeaux (337) 254-8194.

AUG. 27-10th ANNUAL THE OAKS KIWANIS KLAYS: 7:30 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. shooting, Riverside Lodge Skeet & Sporting Clays, 52400 La. 16, Denham Springs. 100-target sporting clays tournament. Shells, breakfast, lunch included. Fee $125/shooter, $150 after Aug. 15. Call Bob Blanchard (225) 806-3900. Website:


STATEWIDE TOURNAMENT & ANGLERS’ RODEO-S.T.A.R.: Summer-long saltwater fishing event. Truck/boats for specially tagged redfish. Prizes in several specie categories. Sponsored by CCA-Louisiana. Through Labor Day. Call CCA-Louisiana (225) 952-9200.

GEAUX FISH: Through Sept. 5. Cash prizes up to $250,000 & other noncash prizes for 50 specially tagged speckled trout along Louisiana coast. Sponsored by La. Charter Boat Association. No fee. Registration & valid fishing license required. Website:


CLOSED-RECREATIONAL GREATER AMBERJACK SEASON: All waters, Gulf of Mexico. Through July 31.

CLOSED-RECREATIONAL RED SNAPPER SEASON: State & federal waters, Gulf of Mexico.

SPRING INSHORE SHRIMP SEASONS: Closed-State Shrimp Zones 2 & 3 and parts of Shrimp Zone 1. Zone 1 areas opened are in Mississippi Sound and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur sounds. See full descriptions on Department of Wildlife & Fisheries’ website:


The Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism has an up-to-date schedule for state parks and historic sites. Website: ww.crt.state

Due to budget cuts, state parks’ entrance hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and, Fridays and Saturdays at 6 a.m. for parks with boat launches, a 7 a.m. for parks without boat launches.