National Hunting & Fishing Day Outdoor Festival


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) on September 24th, 2016. 

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.

A Family Fish Fest event will be held at the Baton Rouge Hunting and Fishing Day Location.  

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

LDWF Outdoor Education Center
661 Robinson Bridge Road
Woodworth, LA.  71485
(318) 484-2276

OPSP Public Shooting Range
357 Sheriff Fewell Road.
West Monroe, LA.  71291
(318) 343-4044