Advocate’s 2013 Outdoors Calendar

JANUARY

JAN. 14 — RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Resource Center for Educators, 5550 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge. Regular monthly program. Other dates: Feb. 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9. Call Greg Brignac (225) 810-8645. Website: http://www.rsff.org.

JAN. 18 - ZACHARY CHAPTER DUCKS UNLIMITED BANQUET: 6 p.m., St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4724 McHugh Dr., Zachary, LA. Call Barry Hanks (225) 572-1886. Email: bjhanks@bellsouth.net.

JAN. 18-20 - NRA JUNIOR SECTIONAL & OPEN MATCHES: McComb, MISS. NRA Sectional 4-P Smallbore Rifle and International Air Rifle.

JAN. 19 - HIGH POWER RIFLE XTC REGIONAL MATCH COURSE: Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, Donaldsonville. NRA-approved 200-, 300- & 600-yard tournament. Other match dates: Feb. 16, March 16, May 18, June 15, July 20, Sept. 21, Nov. 16. Open to public. Fees, $12/adult, $5/junior (members), $15/adult, $5/junior (nonmembers). 80 rounds. Call Jay D. Hunt (985) 768-8469. Email jdhunt3@yahoo.com. Website: http://www.PaloAltoGunClub.com.

JAN. 19 - MINIMALIST CHALLENGE KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT: Bason’s Marina, Galliano. Sponsored by the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club. Fee $20. Open to the public. Preregistration required. Angler of year point event for BCKFC members. Website registration: http://www.bckfc.org.

JAN. 21 - 49TH GOVERNOR’S STATE CONSERVATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS NOMINATIONS DEADLINE: Sponsored by Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Categories: Professional, Volunteer, Youth Conservationist, Business, Educator, Elected Official, Communications and Conservation Organization. Awards presented Feb. 23 banquet in conjunction with 74th annual Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Embassy Suites, Baton Rouge. Call LWF (225) 344-6707. Website: http://www.lawildlifefed.org

JAN. 21 - U.S. FOREST SERVICE FEE-FREE DAY: No fees for USFS lands. Other dates: June 8, Sept. 28 & Nov. 9-11. Call USFS (866) 632-9992.

JAN. 26 - LA. BULLS EYE CONVENTIONAL PISTOL MATCH: 9 a.m., Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, Donaldsonville. Timed & rapid-fire match, NRA rules, .22 rim fire, .22 centerfire and .45 ACP pistols. Fee $7. Other matches: Feb. 23, March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22, July 27, Aug. 25, Sept. 22, Oct. 27. Call Skip Blanchard (504) 427-0050. Email: skip_blanchard@msn.com.

JAN. 26 - FLY TYING AT BASS PRO SHOPS: 9:30 a.m.-noon, Conference Room, Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Monthly event. Other dates: Feb. 23, March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22, July 27, Aug. 24, Sept. 28, Oct. 26. Call Ron Brooks (225) 271-3100.

JAN. 27 - SOUTH LOUISIANA HIGHPOWER CLUB MATCH: 8:30 a.m., Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Range, 9300 St. Landry Rd. Gonzales. NRA 200-yard match course. Fee $12 members, $15 nonmembers, $5 juniors. $15 annual membership in Civilian Marksmanship Program. Other match dates: Feb. 24, March 24, April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 22, Oct. 27, Nov. 24. Call George Serrett; (225) 272-3538. Email: ghserrett@netzero.net.

JAN. 28 - RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Conference Room, Cabela’s, Gonzales. Monthly event/locations vary. Other sites Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs and Orvis, 7601 Bluebonnet Blvd. Baton Rouge. Other Cabela’s dates: April 22, July 22, Oct. 28; Bass Pro Shops Feb. 25, May 22, Aug. 26, Nov. 25; Orvis March 25, June 24, Sept. 23, Dec. 16. Call Pete Bongiovanni (225) 335-4596. Website: http://www.rsff.org.

JAN. 28 - FIN-ADDICT FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Spahr’s Restaurant, 1400 W. Tunnel Blvd, Houma. Other meeting dates: Feb. 25, March 25, April 29, May 29, June 24, July 29, Aug. 26, Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 25. Call Stephen Robert (985) 850-0082. Website: http://finaddictflyfishers.blogspot.com.

JAN. 29-31 - COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION & RESTORATION ACT PLANNING TEAM MEETINGS: 11 a.m., Jan. 29, Region IV, Vermilion LSU AgCenter, 1105 West Port St., Abbeville; 9 a.m., Jan. 30, Region III, City Auditorium, 728 Myrtle St., Morgan, City; 8 a.m., Region I and 11:30 a.m., Region II, Jan. 31, Corps of Engineers District Assembly Room, 7400 Leake Ave., New Orleans. Call Brad Inman (504) 862-2124.

JAN. 31-FEB. 2 - BASSMASTER SOUTHERN OPEN: Lake Toho, Kissimmee, Fla. First in three-tournament series to qualify winners for 2014 Bassmaster Classic. Other events: April 4-6, Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn.; May 16-18, Lake Logan Martin, Pell City, Ala. Website: http://www.bassmaster.com.

FEBRUARY

FEB. 2 - 3RD ANNUAL FISHING FOR TUCKER TOWNSEND TEAM BASS TOURNAMENT: 6:30 a.m., check-out at Bayside Tackle, Pierre Part; Belle River Public Landing, Belle River; Doiron’s Landing/East-West, Stephensville. 3:30 p.m. check-in and weigh-in, Cabela’s, Gonzales. Pick-your-partner bass tournament. Also Kids’ Tournament, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Cabela’s, Gonzales. Fee $10. Benefits Tucker Townsend, 6-year-old with mitochondrial disorder. Call Ryan Lavigne (225) 921-9332. Website: http://www.fishingfortucker.com

FEB. 2 - 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 and .308 with a bipod and conventional prone (any caliber). Other match dates: March 2, April 6-7 regional championships, May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5-6 championship, Nov. 2, Dec. 7. Website: http://PaloAltoGunClub.com.

FEB. 2 - TOYOTA TUNDRA BASSMASTER WEEKEND SERIES/LOUISIANA DIVISION: Bob’s Bayou Black Marina, Gibson. Fee $200/boater, $100/co-angler. 20 percent of field in payout. First in five-event series. Other events: March 2, Grand Ecore Landing, Red River; May 4, Atchafalaya Basin, Doiron’s Landing, Stephensville; June 1, Louisiana Delta, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego; Sept. 14-15, Atchafalaya Basin, Doiron’s Landing, Stephensville. Top 40 boaters/co-anglers qualify for regional. Call (888) 203-6222. Website: www.weekendseries.com.

FEB. 2 - 22ND ANNUAL ED RIZZOLO FLY TYING FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer, Houston. Seminars, vendors and 80 featured tiers. Special guest: Dave Hughes. Fee $10 adults, $5 seniors/students, $15 family. Call Frank Schlict (281) 392-5296. Website: http://www.texasflyfishers.org.

FEB. 3 - DOIRON’S TEAM BASS TOURNAMENT: Doiron’s Landing, Stephensville. Pick-your-partner. First in five-tournament series. Other dates: March 24, May 19, July 21, Aug. 24-25 (end of year classic). Call Larry Doiron (985) 397-3113.

FEB. 7 - LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., location TBA, Baton Rouge. LWFC meeting usually held first Thursday monthly. Other meeting dates: March 7, April 4 and May 2.

FEB. 9 - FLY TYING CLASS: 9 a.m.-noon, Ascension Parish Library, 708 S. Irma Blvd. Gonzales. No fee. Basics of tying fresh and saltwater flies for bream, sac-a-lait, bass, redfish and speckled trout. Other classes: March 9, April 13, May 11. Call Darrell Crawford (225) 644-7989.

FEB. 14-18 - MIAMI BEACH YACHT & BROKERAGE SHOW: Collins Avenue (between 41st and 51st streets), Miami Beach, Fla. No fee. Call (954) 764-7642/(800) 940-7642.

FEB. 15-16 - CCA LOUISIANA STATE COONVENTION: Hotel Acadiana, 1801 W. Pinhook Rd., Lafayette. Workshops, speakers, Hall of Fame ceremony and Chapter Cook-off. Call David Cresson (225) 588-4823.

FEB. 16 - CAPITAL CITY BASS ELITE TEAMS TOURNAMENT: Neely’s Spokane Resort, Lake St. John, Ferriday. $30 membership fee. $100/team tournament fee, 100-percent payback. First in eight-tournament series. Other events: March 3, Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego; March 23, Bayou Black Marina, Gibson; April 14, Somme’s Marina, Lac Des Allemands, Des Allemands; April 28, Doiron’s Landing East, Lake Verret, Stephensville; May 11, Lake View Lodge, Lake Concordia, Ferriday; June 22, Belle River Public Landing, Atchafalaya Basin; July 21, Old River Landingm Old River, Morganza; Aug. 10-11, Capital City Classic, Venice Marina. Venice. 4-5 “classic.” Call Jesse Brooks (225) 397-2071. Website: http://www.capitalcitybassla.com.

FEB. 15-17 - NORTHEAST FISHING & HUNTING SHOW: Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Conn. Call (860) 844-8461.

FEB. 16 - FLY FISHING 101: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Waddill Outdoors Education Center, 4142 North Flannery Rd., Baton Rouge. Open to public. No Fee. Preregistration requested. Hands-on instruction in casting, leaders, knots, fly tying. Includes lunch, refreshments. Call Dugan Sabins (225) 766-4060. Website: http://www.rsff.org.

FEB. 16 - 11TH ANNUAL LITTLE MO FLY FISHING FEST: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Community Hall, Murfreesboro, Ark. Programs, casting, exhibitors and fly tiers from Ark-La-Tex. Call Jeff Guerin (985) 531-6312. Website: www.littlemissouriflyfishing.com.

FEB. 17 - LOUISIANA SHOOTING ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Cabela’s, Gonzales.

FEB. 22-24 - 74TH ANNUAL LOUISIANA WILDLIFE FEDERATION CONVENTION: Embassy Suites, Baton Rouge. Includes Feb. 23 49th annual Governor’s State Conservation Awards Banquet. Call LWF (225) 344-6707. E-mail: lwf@lawildlifefed.org

FEB. 22-24 - BASSMASTER CLASSIC: Grand Lake of The Cherokees, Tulsa, Okla.

FEB. 22-24 - BASSMASTER CLASSIC OUTDOORS EXPO: Noon-8 p.m., Feb. 22; 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Feb. 23; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 24, Tulsa, Okla. No fee.

FEB. 23 - 26TH ANNUAL ACADIANA FLY FISHERS CONCLAVE: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church, 518 Roselawn Blvd., Lafayette. Free. Programs, tying, exhibitors, casting clinics. Sponsored by the Acadiana Fly Rodders. Call Barry Dauphin (337) 873-8912. Website: http://www.laflyfish.com.

FEB. 27-MARCH 2 - LK CAMP 2013: The Mirage, Las Vegas. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Convention & Expo. Call (800) CALL ELK/225-5355.

FEB. 28-MARCH 2 - 8TH ANNUAL EAGLE EXPO: Morgan City. Bald eagle watching in St. Mary Parish. Instruction, guided boat tours in Atchafalaya Basin, Lake Verret, Bayou Black & Turtle Bayou, walking tours, photo seminar. Fees charged. Call (985) 395-4905. Website: http://www.cajuncoast.com.