Outdoors Calendar for April 28, 2013

MONDAY

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.

WEDNESDAY

CANAL BANK BASS TOURNAMENT: 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Aug. 25 with Aug. 31 “classic.” Canal Bank Club, Diversion Canal, 18499 La. 22. Maurepas. Fee $40/boat, $15/angler membership fee. $5 launch fee. Email Susan Carpenter: lucysue8780@me.com.

THURSDAY

LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Waddill Outdoor Education Center, 4142 North Flannery Rd., Baton Rouge. Final proposed changes to 2013-2014 resident-game hunting seasons; set spring inshore shrimp seasons by zones.

LAKE CHARLES CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Burton Coliseum, Lake Charles. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: West Point Lake, Lagrange, Ga. Fourth in eight-tournament series. Website: http://www.bassmaster.com.

FRIDAY

SHATTERIN’ CLAY FOR GAITWAY: Hunter’s Run Gun Club, 1365 Northwest Dr., Port Allen. Sporting Clays shoot. Fees: $150/person, $600/4-shooter team (includes lunch). Benefits GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship program. Email: Roberta@gaitway.org.

IBERVILLE DUCKS UNLIMITED BANQUET: 6 p.m., Chateau Blanc, 34625 KC Drive, White Castle. Call Bambi Charlet Hood (225) 719-1237. Email: blccoratexas@yaho.com.

FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, Morrison Parkway Public Landing. Fee $30/boat. Call Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

NATCHITOCHES FLY EXPO: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Prather Coliseum, Northwestern State, Natchitoches. Fly tying, casting, kayak demos. Sponsored by Cane Country Fly Casters. Call Burley Johnson (318) 352-3522. Website: http://canecountry.blogspot.com.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING & EXHIBITS: George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston. Website: http://www.nraam.org.

SATURDAY

LOUISIANA SALTWATER SERIES/REDFISH: SeaWay Marina, Lafitte. Third in seven-event series sponsored by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Two-redfish catch, live-fish weigh-in, redfish tagged/released. Website: http://www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

ORVIS FLY FISHING 101: 10 a.m.-noon, Orvis Shop, Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge. Beginners basics of casting, rigging, knots. Also May 18, 25 and June 8. Call Orvis Shop (225) 757-7286.

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). Website: http://PaloAltoGunClub.com.

TOYOTA TUNDRA BASSMASTER WEEKEND SERIES/LOUISIANA DIVISION: Atchafalaya Basin, Doiron’s Landing, Stephensville. Fees $200/boater, $100/co-angler. Third in five-event series. Call (888) 203-6222. Website: http://www.weekendseries.com/.

CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT CLASS: Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Gordon Hutchinson instructor. Fee charged. Also June 1. Call Hutchinson (225) 335-1571. Email: ghhutchinson@gmail.com.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

KYKX/THE RANCH BIG BASS BONANZA: 6 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, Lake o’ the Pines, Texas. Fee $100 one day, $175 both days. Hourly top 3 big-bass event. First place $105,000 cash/prizes for overall big bass. Call (903) 663-9800. Website: http://www.texasbigbassbonanza.com.

AROUND THE CORNER

MAY 6 — SPECKLED TROUT SEMINAR: 6:30 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church, Roselawn Boulevard, Lafayette. No fee. Last in five-seminar series covering fly fishing for trout, redfish, flounder and other species.

MAY 7 — LOUISIANA BLACK BEAR WORKSHOP: 6:30 p.m., Deville Fire District 6 Training Center, 1244 La. 115, Deville. No fee. LDWF biologist Maria Davidson information about living near and hunting within black bear habitat and current/future management plans.

MAY 9 — RIVER PARISHES CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Jerusalem Shrine Center, 1940 Ormond Blvd. Destrehan. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.

MAY 11 — WALKER HIGH POWER LIFTING BIG BASS BASH: Dorion’s Landing, Stephensville. Fee $100 (70 percent payback). Open to all anglers. Call John Chaney (225) 413-5142.

MAY 11 — 11TH ANNUAL BERT JONES SPORTING CLAYS: 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. course starts. Camp T.L. James, Downsville. Five-shooter teams. Fee $250/shooter includes refreshments, lunch. Sponsorship levels available. Benefits Louisiana Purchase Council, Boy Scouts of America. Registration deadline May 8. Call Darren Grant (318) 325-4634.

JUST ANNOUNCED

MAY 6 AND MAY 8 — PUBLIC WATERFOWL HUNTING FORUM: 6 p.m., May 6, Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Substation, 2510 Viking Dr., Bossier City; 6 p.m., May 8, second floor, Courtroom of the Criminal Justice Building, 426 North Ave. F, Crowley. State Waterfowl Study leader Larry Reynolds-led meeting to discuss possible 2013-2014 waterfowl hunting season dates, current waterfowl issues.

MAY 11 — ORVIS FLY FISHING 201: 10 a.m.-noon, Orvis Shop, Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge. Advanced casting, rigging, knots. Also June 1 and 15. Call Orvis Shop (225) 757-7286.

MAY 24-26 — 17TH ANNUAL GRAND ISLE SPECKLED TROUT RODEO: Bridge Side Marina, Grand Isle. Eight daily awards in speckled trout. Other categories: redfish, “rat” redfish, flounder, sheepshead, cobia, mangrove snapper, black drum and white trout. Louisiana Master Speckled Trout Angler of the Year event. Includes Youth/12-younger Division. Call Bridge Side Marina (985) 787-2419 or Bob Sevin (985) 787-2968.

HUNTING SEASONS

SPRING SQUIRREL: Saturday, opening day, through May 26. Daily limit 3. Possession limit 6 after opening day. Private lands only and selected state wildlife management areas. Closed areas include Kisatchie National Forest lands, all national wildlife refuges & U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lands.

SPRING TURKEY: All areas closed.

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