Maryland Plans Events For National Hunt/Fish Day

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Join more than 40 fishing and hunting clubs, conservation organizations and vendors at the 36th Anniversary Celebration of National Hunting & Fishing Day on Saturday, September 22. Open to the public, this free event sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Schrader's Bridgetown Manor, located at 16090 Oakland Road in Henderson on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

"The family-oriented event offers fun and educational hands-on activities that everyone will enjoy. It is a great way to introduce young people and newcomers to outdoor sports, while teaching them about the important role that hunting and fishing play in Maryland's wildlife conservation programs," said Eric Schwaab, DNR Deputy Secretary.

A few of the fun and challenging hands-on activities participants can try include spin casting, archery, and target shooting on the grounds with skilled instructors. There will be displays of hunting and fishing equipment and demonstrations of outdoor skills. Kids will enjoy the clay pigeon and archery shooting range, laser shooting program, wood duck box making, fly tying and spin casting, as well as dog demonstrations.

Exhibitors include the Maryland Sportsman's Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Grand National Waterfowl Association, Maryland Bowhunter's Society, Pheasants Forever, Maryland Trappers Association, Quality Deer Management Association, and other sportsman’s and conservation groups.

Formalized by Congress in 1971, National Hunting and Fishing Day was created by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to celebrate the conservation successes of America’s hunters and anglers. From shopping center exhibits to statewide expos, millions of citizens learned to appreciate the country's sportsman-based system of conservation funding. That system now generates more than $1.7 billion per year, benefiting all who appreciate wildlife and wild places.

For more information about Maryland National Hunting and Fishing Day, contact Patricia Allen at 410-221-8838 ext. 107 or pallen@dnr.state.md.us.