National Hunting & Fishing Day Outdoor Festival


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) on September 23rd, 2017. 

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

NHFD - Baton Rouge

4142 N Flannery Rd

Baton Rouge, LA 70814

8am -1pm

(225) 765 - 2927

For the Baton Rouge event, the department will stock adult-sized channel catfish in the lake prior to the event, and anglers are urged to bring their own rod, reel and ice chest to keep their catch.

Limited bait will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  

VALID LOUISIANA FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED for individuals age 16 or older.




Woodworth Shooting Range

661 Robinson Bridge Rd

Woodworth, LA 71485

8am -1:30pm

(318) 484 - 2276



NHFD - Monroe

Ouachita Parish Rifle Range

357 Sheriff Fewell Rd

West Monroe, LA 71292

10am - 3pm

(318) 343-4044



NHFD – Minden

Bodcau Shooting Range

168 Ben Durden Rd

Haughton, LA 71037

check back for operation hours

(318) 371 - 3050

Thank You to our Sponsors

The department would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support: Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, CCA Louisiana, Coca-Cola Baton Rouge, Associated Grocers of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Fish Fry, Armstrong's Cricket Farm, CenturyLink, Ryan Auto Group, ENTERGY, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, Hixson Ford of Alexandria, WoodmenLife, Doggett Equipment Services, Burger King, Sayes Office Supply, Van Mol Tire and Equipment, Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and many other local business who made in-kind and monetary donations to help make these events a continued success.