National Hunting and Fishing Days Celebration

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Illinois will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Days Sept. 28-29 with events at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area near Yorkville and at John A. Logan College in Carterville.

"National Hunting and Fishing Days celebrates the great traditions and heritage of hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation in America, and we're proud to participate in the northern Illinois and southern Illinois festivals," said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Brent Manning. "These annual events are one way of recognizing and highlighting the contributions of hunters and anglers to natural resources stewardship and fish and wildlife conservation in Illinois."

The southern Illinois event on the John A. Logan College campus is traditionally the largest National Hunting and Fishing Days event in the nation. Activities at Carterville are scheduled on Sat., Sept 28 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sun., Sept. 29 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Parking and admission are free.

The southern Illinois celebration includes a kids activity area featuring fishing, archery and shooting sports; kids art contest; seminars on fishing, game preparation and outdoor cooking; a buckskinner's village and tomahawk throwing area; boat, RV and ATV displays and demonstrations; taxidermy displays and competition; retriever dog demonstrations; Brody, the 1,200-pound Kodiak grizzly bear; trap range; kayak and canoe demonstrations; art and heritage show; historical fishing gear exhibition in the John A. Logan College Museum; a climbing wall; vendor displays; and, a wild game chili cook-off competition.

The northern Illinois celebration at Silver Springs SFWA features free admission and free hands-on activities for all ages from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29. Activities include canoe rides; fly casting and tying demonstrations; guided nature walks; a historical re-enactment encampment; hunting dog demonstrations; falconry demonstrations; seminars on trapping, deer, turkey and waterfowl hunting; trap, BB gun and archery ranges and instruction; paintball shooting; RV, ATV and boat displays; wildlife exhibits; the 5,000-gallon Hawg Trough fish tank program; a kids fishing pond; and, more than 60 exhibitors and vendors.

The National Hunting and Fishing Days celebrations in Illinois are made possible through sponsors and patrons, the Northern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days and Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days committees, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

For additional information, contact IDNR Public Events and Promotions by calling 217/785-8955.