National Hunting and Fishing Day 2009

Saturday marks the 36th anniversary of National Hunting and Fishing Day. Here's a state-by-state look at what's planned near you.

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  1. ALABAMA

• The Alabama Dept. of Conservation encourages residents to spend the day outdoors. Some specific activities they suggest are fishing at a state lake or state park, or participating in a dove shoot.

• "Outdoor Alabama" even wrote a Facebook note to spread the word: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=132961577556

  1. ALASKA

• Because of the weather - September in Alaska is more like October elsewhere - NHFD goes largely unnoticed in America's largest state. But individual support certainly exists. One prominent Alaskan blogger insists that the best decision you can make to commemorate the contributions of hunters and anglers everywhere is to take a child hunting or fishing.

• Check out his blog: http://redoubtreporter.wordpress.com/2009/09/09/old-duck-hunters-club-celebrate-hunting-fishing-by-passing-interest-on-to-kids/

  1. ARIZONA

• Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's throughout the state will be saluting NHFD with events all weekend long, including a kids' catch-and-release fishing challenge.

• Tucson's Sportsman's Warehouse has been offering tutorials through the week. Their grand finale will be an Expo on the 27th. Free food and booths with hunting and fishing gear!

• The Arizona Game and Fish Department is your surefire guide to events and activities for NHFD and year round: http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/National-Hunting-Fishing-Day.shtml

  1. ARKANSAS

• The state's nature centers are locked and loaded with interactive events all day long.

• Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Nature Center: Informational booths with representatives of some of the biggest Hunting and Fishing Agencies in the state, plus "fun stuff for kids and adults."

• Central Arkansas Nature Center: In addition to booths and displays, a knife-making forge, laser shots, and casting events will all be on the premises for your enjoyment.

• Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center: Activities for the whole family all day long.

  1. CALIFORNIA

• California Waterfowl has two new camps to celebrate the occasion with the specific intention of getting women and children to hunt.

• At Lake Cuyamaca, participate in the Orville P. Ball Fishin' in the Pines kids derby.

• In the spirit of philanthropy, the SCI San Francisco Bay Area chapter is coordinating a "Feed the Hungry Event" in honor of NHFD. At the Salvation Army's Senior Nutrition Center in San Jose, more than 40 pounds of meat and fish will be served.

  1. COLORADO

• The Rocky Mountain State's Division of Wildlife is going to town on NHFD programming. At their Denver-based Northwest Regional center, informational seminars and unique shooting activities are going on all day long.

• For some of the seminars, you may have to pre-register. Find out at the D.O.W. Website: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Education/GetOutdoors/NationalHuntingandFishingDay/

• All events are free, and include: archery range, safe shooting instruction, map and compass clinic, fishing techniques on the local pond, conservation representatives, hunting dog demonstrations.

  1. CONNECTICUT

• First Shots seminar at Seymour Fish and Game Club in Oxford.

• Ludicrous sales and discounts at the Cabela's in East Hartford.

  1. DELAWARE

• No major events scheduled.

  1. FLORIDA

• University of Florida Wildlife Expo in Milton. Information sessions include how to score an antler properly, ATV safety, and hunting regulations in Florida and Alabama.

• First Shots Seminar at the Gainesville Target Range.

• Daylong celebration at the Bass Pro Shop in Dania Beach.

• Check out the Fish and Wildlife Commission's sponsorship of NHFD and all their concerted year round efforts to promote the outdoors -- http://oscnewsgazette.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4729&Itemid=10

  1. GEORGIA

• Fishing competitions and games at the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Event. Bring the whole family. (Bait and rods are available on a first come, first serve basis.)

• Fishing event for children under 16 all day in Perry, Talbot, Mansfield and Cordele as well. Check out www.georgiawildlife.com for further information.

  1. HAWAII

• The Koko Head Shooting Complex in Oahu is pleased to announce that its celebration of NHFD will benefit the Hawaii Food Bank, as it has in previous years. Participate to support the hungry in Hawaii and the hunters and anglers nationwide.

  1. IDAHO

• Spend a day in Blackfoot at the Cedar Hills Gun Club, where conservation and hunting organizations will be joining the staff in various activities. Door prizes and demonstrations are on the menu, as is a light lunch.

  1. ILLINOIS

• A 500 Pheasant Tower Shoot is the highlight of Richmond's Outdoor Extravaganza this year.

• Northern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days sponsored by the Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area: Rock wall, 5,000 gallon fish tank and over 75 vendors are just a choice few of the attractions at this year's family event.

• Nilo Farms in Brighton will be celebrating NHFD all day with drawings and competitions. Bring old flags you'd like to retire for a ceremony beginning at 3:00 p.m., and if you're 18 or older, don't forget to enter your name in the raffle for Winchester ammunition.

  1. INDIANA

• Harrison State Park in Indianapolis will play host to the Dept' of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife's "Hoosier Outdoor Expo," with majorly exciting stuff happening all weekend long.

• Just east of Howe, Pine Knob Park boasts a 3-D bow shoot on the laundry list of events this year. The only thing potentially more abundant than arrows and ammunition will be food. All range fees have been waived.

• The Sycamore Valley Gun Club, in Freedom, will be sponsoring an open house.

• In Medaryville, a youth deer hunt will be going on all day. (Check in with an adult one half hour before sunrise.) Hunter orange is required, and a bag limit of one antlerless deer will be in effect.

  1. IOWA

• No major event planned, but check out the state department of natural resources Twitter account.

• http://twitter.com/IowaDNR

  1. KANSAS

• Morning event in Pratt includes K-9 dog demonstrations and falconry demonstrations, and culminates in the Great Race relay, a seven-leg competition that demands proficiency in the arts of wheelbarrow racing, archery, casting, mud running, catch-and-release fishing, biking, canoeing, and running.

• In Mountridge, clay shooting and archery courses all day long.

  1. KENTUCKY

• Frankfurt - Wild Game Cook-Off. Celebrate with hunters and anglers of all ages for food and festivities. Free of charge!

• Wolf Creek Natural Fish Hatchery will be hosting a derby for children with special needs in Russell and Clinton counties. Refreshments will be provided

  1. LOUISIANA

• It's the silver anniversary for NHFD in Louisiana, and the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has packed in 25 years worth of fun.

• In Baton Rouge, at the Waddill Outdoor Recreation Center and features, among other things, area chefs cooking up wild game Cajun style, a live snake and alligator display, and hands on exhibitions including canoeing, shooting, and casting.

• More similar events in Minden, Monroe and Woodworth. See which one's got your particular brand of outdoor entertainment here: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/aboutldwf/NHFD/

  1. MAINE

• No major events scheduled.

  1. MARYLAND

• Schrader's Bridgetown Manor on Maryland's upper eastern shore is celebrating from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Bluegrass entertainment by the Backwoods!

• Free events in fly tying, spin casting, archery, shooting, wood duck box making, waterfowl calling, and trapping. Event will introduce newcomers to all aspect of outdoor activities and teach them the important roles hunting and fishing play in Maryland's wildlife conservation programs.

• The North American Rod and Gun Club will be hosting a family picnic on the 27th in Hagerstown. More information at www.NARGC.com

  1. MASSACHUSETTS

• The Leominster Sportsmen's Association will be hosting a NRA/Gun Safety Education camp for only $5.

• Massachusetts Outdoor Expo in Sturbridge at the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club (Sep. 27, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

  1. MICHIGAN

• Great Lakes Sports and Recreation Club in Escanaba will have a daylong event for kids between the ages of 10-17. Lunch and prizes will be provided.

• Waterfowl Workshop in Brighton provided by the Becoming and Outdoors Woman (BOW) Program. Cost of the workshop is $45, and begins at 9:00 a.m. Get all the details at www.michingan.gov/bow

  1. MINNESOTA

• Take a Kid Hunting Weekend throughout the state. Adults accompanied by a youth 16 or younger may hunt small game without a license, (compliance with seasons and limits are obviously still in effect.) The state hopes to stimulate outdoor activity in its TV-watching, Wii-playing youth citizenry.

  1. MISSISSIPPI

• Canton - Outdoorama on the Rez, a fun-filled day sponsored by the Mississippi Dept. of Wildlife, features all sorts of hands on activities for kids.

• The Ross Barnett Reservoir's an ideal location for the event, showing young and old the truly diverse habitats Mississippi's great outdoors have to offer.

• One educational event shows kids how knives were made. Others let them try their hand at canoeing, shooting, even using a tree stand safely and properly.

  1. MISSOURI

• Fifteenth annual Great Outdoors Day in Bois D'Arc brought to you by the Department of Conservation. Enjoy cave tours, hikes, canoeing, scouting activity, tree identification, and fly-tying and casting workshops. Fun for the whole family.

• Wonders of Wildlife Celebration will take place at their national headquarters in the Bass Pro Shops Complex in Springfield. Event is free and includes seminars and hands-on activities for kids. Incredible pizza will be served.

• Check out www.wondersofwildlife.org to learn about the opportunities at the WOW National Outdoor Recreation and Conservation School. Classes are in session!

  1. MONTANA

• The Rocky Mountain Elk Club will be hosting the NHFD events at the Boone and Crockett Club in Missoula. Events are hard core and hands on. Foremost among them will be a bear safety seminar and antler measuring by the Club's official measurers.

• Fish Fun Day in Kalispell, MT. This event is exclusively for third graders. They are invited to circulate among the stations which will include information on fishing equipment and fish identification. Don't forget the crayons and colored pencils - you'll need them for the art contest.

  1. NEBRASKA

• No major events scheduled, but the state Game and Parks Commission will be raffling off Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Permits at one half the regular fee for youths at the Sesostris Shrine Sportsmen's Raffle on Oct. 3. Check it out here. http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/admin/halfpriceperms.asp

  1. NEVADA

• The inaugural Galena Fest on Sunday, Sep. 27th, will start at 8:00 a.m. and features mountain bike races, a big fish competition for kids, and outdoor activities for all ages. By 11, the festival will be underway with live music, a beer terrace, and a barbeque. Events will be held at Galena Creek Regional Park in Reno. Register online: www.renogalenafest.com

  1. NEW HAMPSHIRE

• A statewide expo and related events are all free in New Hampshire, sponsored by the Fish and Game Department. Outdoor warehouses and outfitters have agreed to offer special rates and discounts over the weekend as well!

• Check out the main event, a giant outdoor sporting show at the Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.

• Also, try your hand at archery, muzzleloader and shotgun shooting at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.

  1. NEW JERSEY

• Eighth Annual Pequest Wildlife Heritage Festival in Oxford.

  1. NEW MEXICO

• The State Park System and the Department of Game and Fish have teamed up to offer insane bargains on the 26th. Most significantly, it's a statewide free fishing day -- residents and non-residents of all ages can fish on public waters without a license.

• At Fenton Lake State Park, free archery and air-rifle shooting coupled with hourly drawings for fishing sets, and ongoing aquatics education make the $5 dollar vehicle charge almost laughably inconsequential. The park is located in the Northern Jemez Mountain region of the state. Festivities begin at 10 a.m.

  1. NEW YORK

• Crittenden - Demonstrations, exhibits, and prizes at the Wood and Brook Sportsmen's Club. Event is free and open to the public.

• The NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation will host an enormous festival at their headquarters in Livingston (South of Rochester on 390). Major commercial vendors and 70+ flea market vendors will be in attendance. Check out the lumberjack competitions and try your hand at canoeing, archery, and fishing.

• The Suffolk Alliance of Sportsmen will be offering information sessions and archery demonstrations all day long in Ridge. Other demos include hunting dogs, falconry, and taxidermy.

• Wildlife Festival with the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs: Event will take place on the grounds of the Power Vista at the Power Authority's Niagara Power Project in Lewistown. All weekend, 10-5.

• Thirteenth Annual Salmon River Hatchery Open House.

  1. NORTH CAROLINA

• Pisgah Forest - Expo at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

• Raleigh - NHFD Expo. Event includes outdoor cooking and a pellet range, Noon - 5:00 p.m.

• Winton - Roanoke-Chowan Wildlife Club celebration; hands-on exhibits and abundant conservation information, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

• Corolla - Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education exhibits include a Lasershot hunting simulator and a collection of 200 decoys. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

• Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge - For $20, receive a rod-and-reel combo, tackle, a t-shirt and a membership to Greenwing. Lunch and beverages will be provided.

  1. NORTH DAKOTA

• No major events planned.

  1. OHIO

• In Massillon, an ox roast Boy Scout event.

• In Tiffin, a youth fishing derby in the morning (with provided bait!) followed by archery and clay shooting instructing in the afternoon.

• In Gilead, many unique exhibits and activities including: flint knapping, coyote calling and bird identification. A wildlife artist will also be there.

• In Chilicothe: Free event with concessions and games of chance in tandem with breathtaking mounts and various shooting demonstrations.

  1. OKLAHOMA

• Just north of Oklahoma City, check out the fourth annual Wildlife Expo at the Lazy E Arena. It's the state's largest indoor and outdoor event. Participants will be able to ride kayaks and mountain bikes, shoot shotguns, fish, and learn about activities in the great outdoors.

  1. OREGON

• No major events planned.

  1. PENNSYLVANIA

• Frenchville - Mosquito Creek Sportsmen's Club sponsors a day long shoot. A $10 ticket buys unlimited food and drinks and chances on prizes. Archery, 3D shooting, and trapping taking place all day. Auctions and drawings start at 1:30 p.m.

• Kennett Square - National Wild Turkey Federation workshops and event all day.

• Middle Creek will host a celebration from 9-5 on the 27th. Various outdoor activities and displays all day long, including two live birds of prey demonstrations by the Red Creek Rehabbers.

  1. RHODE ISLAND

• Also celebrating National Estuaries Day on Prudence Island. 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. http://www.estuaries.gov/estuaries101/GetInvolved/Default.aspx?ID=153

  1. SOUTH CAROLINA

• The Outdoor Family Adventure celebration is pleased to be hosting its ninth annual event. Special demonstrations this year include cowboy shooting, fly-fishing, fish cooking, insects, geology, and primitive technology.

• The National Wild Turkey Federation will be hosting a NHFD event at their headquarters in Edgefield. For only $10, get a lunch and a membership to the NWTF. (Pre-registration is required.)

  1. SOUTH DAKOTA

• No major events planned.

  1. TENNESSEE

• No major events planned, but the Nashville Bass Pro Shops will offer discounts and information throughout the day.

  1. TEXAS

• Northwest Texas Field and Stream Open House in Wichita Falls. Free shooting demonstrations and a hot dog lunch sound equally enticing. Bring the kids, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

• Grapevine Bass Pro Shops will offer seminars and discount throughout the day.

• Personal archery instruction from the American Deer and Wildlife Alliance at their second annual bow and archery clinic. Come early; it's only from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

• Bridgeport Guns and Ammo open house, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

  1. UTAH

• Youth waterfowl hunt day on Sep. 27th. Every state waterfowl area will be open to hunters 15 years of age and under, so long as they've completed the state hunter education course, have a license, and are accompanied by an adult. All you need to know is here, in the Utah Waterfowl Guidebook: http://wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks/

  1. VERMONT

• Johnson - Beagle Outdoor Wear Open House: Enjoy mega deals, food, fun, and prizes all day long.

• Perkinsville - The Precision Valley Fish and Game Association invites you to their event (on Sunday, Sep. 27th) with shooting sports and a chicken barbeque.

• The Caledonia Forest and Stream Club presents a youth Cowboy Shooting Event through the weekend that teaches youngsters how to properly handle firearms and the history of cowboy shooting from the Wild West to Hollywood.

• Mendon Fish and Game Club presents its fourth annual 3D Bow Shoot. Prizes will be grand and many. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/) has directions and additional information.

  1. VIRGINIA

• Abington - Participate in seminars, competitions and hands-on activities all day long at Bass Pro Shops. The events are free and open to the public.

• Culpeper - Quail Unlimited Covey Call event. This youth focused day charges a $20 admission fee for youths and $45 for adults ($55 for adult couples) but the activities and entertainment are well worth it. Also, the owner of each paid ticket receives a one-year subscription to Quail Unlimited Magazine. Support the habitats of Virginia, learn about conservation, and compete in shotgun competitions all day long at this massive outdoor fiesta.

  1. WASHINGTON

• Visit the Washingtonians for Wildlife booth at the S.W. Washington State Fair, the Evergreen State's largest. The fair runs through Sep. 27th at Puyallup Fairgrounds. Booth is geared towards children.

• Special youth-only bird season from Sep. 26-27, open to hunters under the age of 16 who are accompanied by an adult. (Adults may not hunt.) In its 11th year, the two days of youth-only hunting are meant to promote outdoor activities and, above all, safety.

  1. WEST VIRGINIA

• West Virginia has so much planned they couldn't fit their programming into one day. Come Saturday or Sunday to Stonewall Jackson Lake Resort State Park for seminars and demonstrations. (Open to experienced and inexperienced alike.)

  1. WISCONSIN

• NHFD Weekend at Cabela's in Prairie du Chien. In addition to giveaways and youth activities, DNR Representatives and Conservationist groups will be providing informational material. Stop by!

  1. WYOMING

• Education is the primary focus of this year's Wyoming Outdoor Expo. Centralized at the Casper Events Center (but with satellite locations at nearby shooting complexes) the event features over 150 informative activities to instruct in shooting, fishing, canoeing and archery.

• New events this year include re-enactments of the Pony Express days and demonstrations on boat safety, camping, and hiking.