Outdoors Calendar for Feb. 17, 2013

SUNDAY

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

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

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

BASSMASTER CLASSIC: Grand Lake of The Cherokees, Tulsa, Okla.

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.

SATURDAY

2ND ANNUAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS OPEN BASS: 4 a.m. check-in at Spillway Sportsman, Brusly; Wal-Mart, U.S. 90, Luling; Gator Corner, La. 69 at La. 70; St. James Boat Club, U.S. 61, Gramercy. Open waters, pick-your-partner tournament. 3 p.m. weigh-in, St. James Boat Club. Call Tommy Bourgeois (225) 206-1676 or Jeff Bourgeois (225) 715-1198. Website applications: http://www.theriverparishateam.com.

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 & .45 ACP pistols. Fee $7. Call Skip Blanchard (504) 427-0050. Email: skip_blanchard@msn.com.

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

ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. Includes 5-K “Fun Hike,” tree scavenger hunt. Fee $5.

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.

LIVINGSTON PARK LIMBHANGERS/NWTF CHAPTER BANQUET: 6 p.m., North Park Recreation Center, Denham Springs. Meal, live/silent auctions, door prizes. Call Karla Howell (225) 572-8651. Email: kforkarla@aim.com.

SUNDAY, FEB. 24

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. Call George Serrett; (225) 272-3538. Email: ghserrett@netzero.net.

AROUND THE CORNER

FEB. 25 — RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Call Pete Bongiovanni (225) 335-4596. Website: http://www.rsff.org.

FEB. 25 — FIN-ADDICT FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Spahr’s Restaurant, 1400 W. Tunnel Blvd, Houma. Call Stephen Robert (985) 850-0082. Website: http://finaddictflyfishers.blogspot.com.

FEB. 27-MARCH 2 — ELK 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.

JUST ANNOUNCED

MARCH 1-3 — LOUISIANA DUCKS UNLIMITED LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: Homewood Suites, Lafayette. Call Stephen Gauthier (337) 344-8253. Website registration: http://ducks.givezooks.com/events/lousiana-ducks-unlimited-volunteer-leadership-meeting.

MARCH 3 — THE LOUISIANA DECOY RALLY: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Rd., Destrehan. Collectors’ vintage/modern decoys displays & auction. Call David Haydel Jr. (504) 915-5484. Website: http://www.DeepSouthDecoys.org.

MARCH 30 — 2ND ANNUAL CENTRAL HIGH BASS TOURNAMENT: Safe daylight, Coach David LeSage’s home, 10635 Sullivan Rd., Baton Rouge. Open water tournament. 2 p.m. weigh-in deadline. Fee $10/team. Top 5 stringers, top 2 big bass, 1 “trash fish” prize. Call David LeSage (225) 921-8454.

HUNTING SEASONS

SQUIRRELS/RABBITS/QUAIL: Statewide through Feb. 28.

SNIPE/EAST, WEST & COASTAL WATERFOWL ZONES: Second split through Feb. 28.

CONSERVATION ORDER GEESE/EAST, WEST & COASTAL ZONES: Through March 9. Take restricted to blue, snow and Ross’ geese only. No daily nor possession limits. Hunters allowed to use electronic calls & unplugged shotguns. Special hours one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

TURKEY/YOUTH & PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED WEEKEND: March 16-17, private lands only in State Turkey Areas A, B & C. Shooting hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Limit: 1 per day. State turkey tags must be used.

TURKEY: Area A lands, March 23-April 21; Area B lands, March 23-April 14; Area A lands, March 23-April 7. Limit: 1 per day, 2 per season. State turkey tags must be used.

CLOSED

ELMER’S ISLAND AREA: oil clean-up.

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