Saturday, September 28, 2013
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) on September 28th.
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.
FREE ADMISSION 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Organizers estimate that families make up 80-90 percent of those who attend. Repeat attendees represent a significant number.
- Free soft drinks, hot dogs and other refreshments are available. Free samples of wild game and seafood are also provided. NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED.
- 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.
- Demonstrations include bow-hunting, fly-casting and tying, bait casting, Labrador retrieving, falconry, and cannon nets (capturing wildlife.)
- Activities include skeet shooting, air rifles, canoeing, fishing and many more outdoor activities.
- Exhibits include 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.
Waddill Outdoor Education Center
4142 N. Flannery Road.
Baton Rouge, LA. 70814
Woodworth Outdoor Education Center
661 Robinson Bridge Rd.
Woodworth, LA. 71485
LDWF District 2 Office
368 Centurylink Dr.
Monroe, LA. 71203
Bodcau Wildlife Management Area
1700 Bodcau Dam Rd.
Haughton, LA. 71037