Hunting and Fishing Day is Sept 27th

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Louisiana's 19th Annual National Hunting and Fishing Day will be held on Saturday, September 27. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host the festivities at Waddill Refuge in Baton Rouge. Waddill is located at 4142 N. Flannery Road. Gates will open at 9:00 a.m. and activities will continue throughout the day until 3:00 p.m.

The purpose of this special day is to celebrate the state's abundant fish and wildlife resources and to recognize sportsmen and commercial industries for their role in conservation. Each year, the fourth Saturday of September is set aside for Louisiana's National Hunting and Fishing Day and events are scheduled across the state. In addition to the festivities in Baton Rouge, celebrations will be held in Minden, Monroe, Woodworth and Nachitoches.

Over the years, popular activities have become mainstays at the Baton Rouge site. They will again be a part of the schedule of events this year. Shooting skills will be tested at the skeet shooting range, with BB-guns and with bows and arrows. At the facility's ponds, boating safety and canoeing demonstrations will be performed. The popular fishing contest will once again be held, with prizes being awarded around 11 a.m.

The hands-on activities are not the only things available. Attenders may check out the many exhibits that local organizations are sponsoring. Among the usual presenters are Ducks Unlimited, Coastal Conservation Association and Red Stick Fly Fishers.

The most popular part of past celebrations has been the food. And this year promises not to disappoint. As has become a tradition at Louisiana's National Hunting and Fishing Day, local chefs will be on hand to prepare wild game dishes for taste-testing. For the not so adventurous, hot dogs and soft drinks will also be available.

LDWF is expecting a large turnout, as this has become an annual favorite of families in the area. Last year's event drew over 1,800 visitors in spite of a tropical storm and local football games. The event is open to everyone, regardless of hunting and fishing expertise or interest. Admission is free and so is the food.