Release Date: 10/11/2005

The 21st annual National Hunting and Fishing Day is being celebrated across the state on Saturday, Oct. 22.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to extend an open invitation to the public to attend the free events in Baton Rouge, Minden, Monroe and Woodworth.

Louisianas National Hunting and Fishing Day celebrates the value of the hunting and fishing industries to Louisianas economy, and the importance of hunting and fishing activities to Louisianas culture.

In the Baton Rouge metro area the festivities take place at Waddill Refuge at 4142 Flannery Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features exhibits created by LDWF personnel, other government resource agencies and hunting and fishing groups like the Coastal Conservation Association and Ducks Unlimited.

The event offers hands-on activities like canoeing, skeet shooting and a kids fishing contest from 9-11 a.m.  This year the department will have a catfish pool where very young anglers can catch their first fish and get souvenir photos.  There are also demonstrations and displays to see, like J. B. Salters jigging poles and Keith Felders Southern Essentials pirogues.

As always, admission and activities are absolutely free.

National Hunting and Fishing Day was originally planned for Sept. 24, but was postponed for the first time ever due to Hurricane Rita. 

The event is sponsored in part by Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Company, The Advocate, Associated Grocers and Progressive Insurance.

EDITORS:  For more information, contact Thomas Gresham at tgresham@wlf.louisiana.gov or 225-765-2496.