Release Date: 08/15/2006

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has set the date for the next National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) statewide for Saturday, Sept. 23 and is currently looking for exhibitors for the Baton Rouge location.

Interested parties can download the 2006 Exhibitors' Registration Form from LDWF's Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/aboutldwf/NHFD.  The form must be faxed or mailed back to the contact information on the form by Sept. 6.  There is no charge to exhibit at NHFD.

Louisiana's National Hunting and Fishing Day celebrates the outdoors 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.

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.

Potential exhibitors should offer outdoor-related information or activities that are family oriented.  Events should be safe, educational and most of all entertaining. 

Solicitation is forbidden at this strictly free event, so exhibitors may not sell products or services.  LDWF will only accept qualified groups or individuals.  Space is limited, so send your registration form as soon as possible.

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