Release Date: 10/18/2005

More than 3,500 people throughout Louisiana celebrated National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) on Oct. 22 at events in Baton Rouge, Minden, Woodworth and Monroe.

The original event was scheduled for Sept. 24, but was postponed due to Hurricane Rita.  But, the postponement and the start of muzzleloader deer season in some parts of the state could not keep the annual festivities from being a fun day to spend outside with the family.

The events featured skeet shooting, fishing, archery and canoeing among other activities.  LDWF personnel also provided displays and demonstrations to help educate kids and families about different aspects of the outdoors in Louisiana.  Other exhibitors were also on hand to show off different techniques and to provide more information about the states valuable outdoor resource. 

This event is something the department and public look forward to every year, said Thomas Gresham, acting NHFD coordinator in Baton Rouge.  It gives us a chance to share something we all enjoy: nature.

EDITORS:  For more information, contact Thomas Gresham at 225-765-2496 or