The following are this week's outdoor briefs package

Interested in taking a hunter education course?

Hunters 10 and older can take a free hunter education course put on by the Louisiana Department and Wildlife Fisheries.

The upcoming hunter education course schedule is:

June 20-21 at the Lafourche Sheriff’s Office Training Academy. For information, visit June 16-17 at Central Lafourche High School. For information, visit July 25-26 at the Galliano Fire Station District 3. For information, visit The classes are required for anyone born after Sept. 1, 1969, to get a hunting license, with some exceptions as approved by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The education course must be completed in order to hunt in Louisiana.

The courses are available to all ages, but only hunters 10 and older are eligible for certification. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a Louisiana Hunter Education Certification Card that is recognized by all states and provinces that require hunter education.

Check the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries website ( for more information on upcoming hunter education courses scheduled in the area.

Ban dropped on feeding deer in three parishes

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana has dropped a ban against feeding deer in three northeastern parishes, but is urging against the use of supplemental feed for hunting.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission ended the ban in Tensas, Madison and East Carroll parishes Thursday, after state biologists reported that they haven't found any sign in Louisiana of a fatal brain infection found in a deer near the state line in Mississippi.

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists tested 300 deer within 25 miles (40 kilometers) of where the infected deer was found and did not detect any chronic wasting disease, according to a news release.

The department says it is encouraging hunters not to use supplemental feeds for hunting because that increases the chances of spreading diseases among animals which come to bait stations.

Chronic wasting disease is caused by misfolded proteins called prions. Deer can get it from each other and even from plants that grow in soil where infected saliva, urine, feces or decomposing carcasses landed, according to a department news release.

Deer may not show symptoms until 16 to 24 months after infection, but the disease is always fatal.

The state will intensify surveillance for the disease in deer killed by hunters in Tensas, Madison and East Carroll parishes, and continue normal surveillance in the rest of the state. It has checked nearly 9,000 deer for the disease since 2002.

Fishing rodeos scheduled until end of June

Interested in participating in an upcoming fishing rodeo?

If so, here are some scheduled until the end of June

June 22-23: Fourth Annual Louisiana Pipeliners Fishing Rodeo at Sand Dollar Marina in Grand Isle June 22-24: 34th Annual Creole Classic Fishing Rodeo at Bridge Side Marina in Grand Isle June 29-30: Krewe of Houmas Invitational Saltwater Fishing Rodeo at Coco Marina in Cocodrie June 29-30: Wounded War Heroes Rodeo at Bridge Side Marina in Grand Isle Louisiana Sportsman returning to Superdome

The Louisiana Sportsman Deer, Duck and Fishing Show returns to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans for a second straight year.

The show will be held July 20-22. Show times are 3-9 p.m. June 20, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. July 21 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 22.

In keeping with the “deer, duck, and fishing” theme, the show will feature the latest in cutting-edge gear and equipment for deer hunters, duck hunters and fresh and saltwater anglers.

Show attendees can experience the newest duck boats, kayaks, ATVs and UTVs, archery equipment, tractors and all types of gear for deer hunters, duck hunters and fishermen.

The Quality Deer Management Association, the national leader in deer hunting and education, will be holding its convention in New Orleans at the same time as the show. The association will be sending some of the biggest outdoor celebrities and most accomplished hunters and anglers in the world to host educational seminars and greet show attendees.

As with all Louisiana Sportsman Shows, teaching young people about the outdoors will be a key part of the event. There will be activities, seminars and contests for children throughout the weekend, and the Fetch-N-Fish display will offer entertainment for the whole family.

Tickets are available at and the Smoothie King Center Box Office.

For information, visit