Release Date: 09/29/2009

More than 6,000 people throughout Louisiana celebrated National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) on Sept. 26 at events in Baton Rouge, Minden, Woodworth and Monroe.

At the Baton Rouge event, over 2,100 people enjoyed skeet shooting, a youth fishing contest, archery and canoeing among other activities. The wild game tasting booth featured fried alligator, wild hog sliders, shrimp penne pasta, fried Louisiana catfish and deer sauce piquant. Exhibitors included the East Ascension Sportsman's League, La. National Guard, LDWF's Natural Heritage, Upland Game and Waterfowl programs to name a few.

The Baton Rouge event was sponsored by American Awnings and Tents, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, The Advocate, Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Associated Grocers.

Over 1,500 folks made their way to Woodworth's NHFD event. Woodworth's NHFD featured an alligator skinning demonstration, flint knapping, target shooting with shotguns, .22 rifles, muzzeloaders, bow and arrows and air rifles. A live snake display, rock wall climbing, retriever dog demos and hay rides were also provided.

Sponsors for the Woodworth NHFD event included Academy Sports & Outdoor, the Alexandria Optimist Club, CENLA Broadcasting, CLECO, Hixson Ford, McDonald's, the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, Red River Waterway Commission, Sayes Office Supplies, Wal-Mart and the town of Woodworth.

In Minden, more than 800 visitors participated in NHFD. Activities for the Minden NHFD event included archery range instruction, skeet shooting, a casting tournament, mountain bike trail rides, craft displays and information tables staffed by Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, Bayou State Bowhunters and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Sponsors for the Minden NHFD event included the Red River Waterway Commission, XTO Energy, North La. Fly Fishers, Covenant Embroidery and Screen Printing, Odom Forestry/Wildlife Consultants, Bayou State Bowhunters Association, Bayou State Timber Service, La Chapter of NWTF, Moore & Labruyere LLP, Anthony Forest Products, Beaty Logging Company and Harmon Wood Company.

At the Monroe NHFD activities, over 1,500 people attended a day full of activities such as bait casting, BB gun, archery, fishing and shotgun target shooting. Exhibitors included the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, LDWF, Department of Natural Resources, LifeShare Blood Center, Twin City Longbeards, Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office (DARE), Conwood Company, La. National Guard, Hamby's Collar Shop, American Veterans & Family Support, La. Alligator Hunter & Trappers Association, Knives by Stein Baughman, La. Purchase Gardens and Zoo, and many more.

The Monroe NHFD sponsors included CenturyLink, Academy Sports & Outdoors, KNOE, and Armstrong's Cricket and Tackle Company of West Monroe.

At each location, LDWF personnel provided displays and demonstrations to help educate children and families about different aspects of the outdoors in Louisiana. Other exhibitors were also on hand to demonstrate different hunting and fishing techniques and to provide more information about the state's valuable outdoor resources.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or