Release Date: 08/01/2006

National Hunting and Fishing Day is Saturday, Sept. 23, and in Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will mark the day with its 22nd annual celebration.  The department will also hold events in Minden, Monroe and Woodworth.

Last year's hurricanes have only served to reinforce the value of the hunting and fishing industries to Louisiana's economy, and the importance of hunting and fishing activities to Louisiana's culture.  Louisiana's National Hunting and Fishing Day celebrates those contributions by inviting people in the Baton Rouge metro area to come to Waddill Refuge at 4142 Flannery Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and view exhibits created by LDWF personnel, other government resource agencies and hunting and fishing groups like the Coastal Conservation Association and Ducks Unlimited.

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

As always, admission and activities are absolutely free.

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

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