Ducks Unlimited State Convention: Renaissance Hotel, Baton Rouge. 6 p.m. Thursday; 4 p.m. Friday, past State Chairman’s meeting; 6:30 p.m. Friday, RoadKill Cookoff; 9:30 a.m. Saturday, general membership meeting; 5:30 p.m. Saturday banquet. Call Stephen Babcock (225) 344-0911 or Michael Patterson (225) 572-4070.


FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, Morrison Parkway public landing, False River, New Roads. Fee $30/boat. Friday nights through Sept. 15. Call Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402.


EASL 10TH ANNUAL Terry Melancon Saltwater Challenge: Midnight Friday to 3 p.m. weigh-in deadline Saturday, Cajun Holiday Inn, Grand Isle. Fee $10/angler includes supper with optional $10 Cajun Slam category. Must be East Ascension Sportsman League member ($15 annual dues). Fishing starts at midnight Friday. Call Keith Saucier (225) 715-9487.


4TH ANNUAL CASTING FOR KIDS RODEO: Bobby Lynn’s Marina, Leeville. Fees $40 adults, $20 children. Boater & Kayak divisions. Benefits Palliative Care Foundation of Baton Rouge. Call Janet Rhodus (225) 413-4414. Website:


CANAL BANK BASS TOURNAMENT: 5-8 p.m., Canal Bank Club, Diversion Canal. Wednesdays through Aug. 13. Membership fee $15/angler. Weekly fee $40/boat. Call Todd Rabalais (225) 413-3634. Email:


JULY 24-26 — GRAND ISLE TARPON RODEO: Sand Dollar Marina weighstation & Rodeo Tent, Grand Isle.

JULY 25-27 — Louisiana Outdoor Expo: 3-9 p.m. July 25; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 26; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 27, Cajundome & Convention Center, Lafayette. Tickets $8 & $11.50.

JULY 26 — CAPITAL CITY BASS ELITE TEAMS TOURNAMENT: Belle River Public Landing, Atchafalaya Basin. $30 membership fee. $100/team tournament fee, 100 percent payback. Last in 8-tournament series. Call Jesse Brooks (225) 397-2071. Website:

JULY 26 — 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:

JULY 26 — FLY TYING AT BASS PRO SHOPS: 9:30 a.m.-noon, Conference Room, Bass Pro, Denham Springs. Call Ron Brooks (225) 271-3100.

JULY 27 — 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:

JULY 28 — RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Conference Room, Cabela’s, Gonzales. Monthly event. Call Pete Bongiovanni (225)313-3813 . Website:

JULY 28 — 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:


AUG. 9 — ABOUT BOATING SAFETY: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Pass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary-Baton Rouge Flotilla 4-10 class that meets state/federal Safe Boating Course requirements. Fee $25 for course manual/materials. Covers state/federal requirements, navigation rules, boating emergencies, trailering, docking, knots. Call D.C. Jensen (225) 275-8084.


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:

FEDERAL RECREATIONAL Red Snapper Season: Closed in federal waters throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

SPRING INSHORE SHRIMP SEASON: Closed July 3 in waters from Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island west to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal, and closed July 15 in Barataria and Terrebonne basins and portions of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. All other inshore waters open until further state notice. Map details website:

RECREATIONAL FISHERIES SEASON: Gag grouper season reopened July 1 in state and federal waters.

RECREATIONAL FISHERIES cLOSURES: Greater amberjack, through July 31; gray triggerfish, through 2014 in state and federal waters.