Baton Rouge

DIRECTIONS TO WADDILL REFUGE

FROM NEW ORLEANS, GONZALES AREA

Take I-10 to I-10/I-12 split

Take I-12 towards Hammond

Get off at O’Neal Lane

Take a left (go under the interstate)

Go approximately 4.2 miles to N. Flannery

Take a right on N. Flannery

Waddill Refuge will be on the right (it is only a minute or two after the turn)

Parking will be on the left

FROM HAMMOND

Take I-12 to O’Neal Lane

Take a right

Go approximately 4.2 miles to N. Flannery

Take a right on N. Flannery

Waddill Refuge will be on the right (it is only a minute or two after the turn)

Parking will be on the left

FROM LAFAYETTE

Take I-10 to I-10/I-12 split

Take I-12 towards Hammond

Get off at O’Neal Lane

Take a left (go under the interstate)

Go approximately 4.2 miles to N. Flannery

Take a right on N. Flannery

Waddill Refuge will be on the right (it is only a minute or two after the turn)

Parking will be on the left

 

Facts

LOUISIANA’S NATIONAL HUNTING & FISHING DAY

OUTDOORS FESTIVAL

BATON ROUGE SEPTEMBER 22, 2012

On September 22, 2012, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will sponsor Baton Rouge’s 28th annual National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration. 

Events are held in other locations across the state, but attendance and participation in the Baton Rouge event is one of the largest.

 Admission is free.

  • The event is held at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center, an urban refuge within the city limits at 4142 Flannery Road.
  • Attendance at Baton Rouge’s first event was 800.  Attendance has increased yearly, reaching more than 2,500.
  • Organizers estimate that families make up 80-90 percent of those who attend.  Repeat attendees represent a significant number.
  • No alcohol allowed. Free soft drinks, hot dogs and other refreshments are available.  Free samples of wild game and seafood are also provided.
  • LDWF personnel, state agencies, conservation organizations, local businesses and individual volunteers help with hands-on activities including canoeing, fishing, shooting (BB guns, skeet, and muzzleloaders), archery, and boating.
  • Louisiana chefs provide taste samples of wild game and seafood.
  • Demonstrationsinclude bow-hunting, fly-casting and tying, bait casting, Labrador retrieving, falconry, and cannon nets (capturing wildlife.)
  • Exhibitsinclude the commercial and recreational fishing industries, coastal management, game and fish management, wildlife law enforcement, boating safety, forest and timber production, wetlands protection and enhancement, selected native wildlife, and various educational displays. Many displays include live animals.

Previous exhibitors and demonstrators include the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Ducks Unlimited, Department of Natural Resources (Coastal Restoration), Louisiana Hawking Club, Baton Rouge Sportsman League, Bayou State Bow Hunters Association, Department of Environmental Quality, J.B. Salter’s Sporting Goods, National Wild Turkey Federation, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Baton Rouge Sierra Club, Coast Conservation Association, Louisiana Natural Freshwater Catfish Association, Black Bear Conservation Committee, Louisiana Nature and Science Center, Louisiana Reptile and Amphibian Committee, Baton Rouge Audubon Society, Red Stick Fly Fishing, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chef James Window, Louisiana Culinary Institute, Chef Celeste Gill.

Sponsors are identified on promotional flyers and posters distributed throughout East Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes, press releases, and local newspaper and television advertising.

For more information call (225) 765-2925.