National Hunting & Fishing Day Outdoor Festival


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) on September 26th, 2015. 

NHFD is a national event celebrated by all 50 states on the fourth Saturday in September.  It was created in 1972 when Congress passed two bills establishing a specific day to celebrate the conservation contributions of our nation’s hunters and anglers. Forty years later, the events are still going strong.

LDWF introduced its first NHFD event in 1982 at the Monroe district office.  In the following years, three more locations were developed in Baton Rouge, Minden and Woodworth.  Today, more than 10,000 people statewide attend the celebrations, creating the largest public event for the department.

All four events are free. The number and types of exhibits vary at each location but all include exhibits on LDWF management programs, shooting and fishing demonstrations, exhibits from local chapters of Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club and CCA, and supporting businesses from the local communities. Attendees have the chance to try their skills at the shooting ranges, fishing ponds and boating activities, as well as learn about wildlife with live animals.

For more information about this national event, visit

LDWF Family Fish Fest events include a fishing competition, fishing instruction, interactive activities, educational displays, awards and prize giveaways. Whether you are new to the sport of fishing or an experienced angler, these events provide something for all ages and skill levels.

The first 50 registrants for each event will receive a complimentary rod and reel, and the first 100 youth registrants will receive a fishing goodie bag. In addition, every registered participant is automatically entered into raffle drawings for prizes! Events with an entry fee also include a t-shirt for each registered participant.
A Family Fish Fest event will be held at the Baton Rouge Hunting and Fishing Day Location.  For more event formation about this Family Fish Fest event, CLICK HERE!

Bodcau Wildlife Management Area
1700 Bodcau Dam Rd.
Haughton, LA.  71037
(318) 371-3050