Release Date: 09/19/2006

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.

Louisiana's National Hunting and Fishing Day celebrates outdoor recreation in the Sportsman's Paradise. In the Baton Rouge metro area, activities are scheduled at Waddill Refuge, 4142 Flannery Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  LDWF personnel, other government resource agencies and hunting and fishing groups will participate.

The Baton Rouge event offers hands-on activities including canoeing, skeet shooting archery 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 featuring J. B. Salter's jigging poles, falconer Steven Eskine, the Baton Rouge Fire Department Fire Safety House and Keith Felder's Southern Essentials pirogues.  Informational and educational exhibits this year include LDWF enforcement, deer and waterfowl management, forestry, and fisheries.  Visitors can also enjoy displays from the U.S. Coast Guard, Ducks Unlimited, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and many others.

As always, admission, activities, food and drink are absolutely free.  Soft drinks are provided by the Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and Associated Grocers and Flowers Baking Company will provide hot dogs.  A tasting booth will  feature area chefs preparing and serving wild game and fish dish samples to the public.

The event is sponsored in part by The Advocate and Progressive Insurance.

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