After a two-year absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Louisiana’s National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) celebration is back, set for Sept. 24 at four locations around the state.
Waddill Wildlife Refuge in Baton Rouge, Woodworth Shooting Range in Woodworth, Bodcau Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Haughton and Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe will host this year’s event, sponsored by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.
NHFD has become a tradition since its establishment in the early 1970s. Since then, every fourth Saturday in September is dedicated to Louisiana’s popular outdoor pastimes. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) introduced its first NHFD event in 1982 at the Monroe District Office, and in the following years, additional locations were added to its roster. Before the pandemic, more than 10,000 people statewide would attend the celebrations, establishing it as the department’s largest, free public event.
Each location’s event varies but all include exhibits on LDWF’s research and conservation efforts, shooting and fishing demonstrations, and exhibits from local chapters of Ducks Unlimited, the Safari Club and the Coastal Conservation Association, as well as local businesses.
Attendees can try their skills at the shooting ranges, fishing ponds and boating activities and learn about wildlife with live animal demonstrations.
“We’re so pleased National Hunting and Fishing Day is back this year,’’ said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “This is one of our showcase events and we’ve missed putting it on the last two years. It’s a great chance for the public – especially kids – to get out and see just what Louisiana’s Sportsman’s Paradise has to offer.”
Event details are as follows:
United States Fish and Wildlife Service Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
480 Richmond Place Drive
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Waddill Wildlife Refuge
4142 North Flannery Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70814
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Woodworth Shooting Range
661 Robinson Bridge Road
Woodworth, LA 71485
8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Bodcau WMA Shooting Range
168 Ben Durden Road
Haughton, LA 71037
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, go to https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/nhfd.