Release Date: 09/26/2006



More than 5,700 people throughout Louisiana celebrated National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) on Sept. 23 at events in Baton Rouge, Minden, Woodworth and Monroe.

At the Baton Rouge event, about 1,750 people enjoyed skeet shooting, a catfish pool that featured souvenir photos of youngsters with their catch, youth fishing contest, archery and canoeing among other activities.  The "Paradise Louisiana" outdoors show was also at NHFD to capture the day's events.  The wild game tasting booths featured wild boar, alligator, shrimp and deer.

Over 500 folks made their way to Woodworth's NHFD events to watch a civil war reenactment group kick-start the activities with cannon fire.  Woodworth also had the 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors and LDWF Hunter Education staff on hand to offer instructions for the numerous shooting opportunities for the youth.  The day's events were also filmed for a future "Southern Woods and Waters" program.

In Minden, more than 1,500 visitors participated in NHFD.  Among other activities, the BB shooting and archery events were the most popular with the youth.  LDWF Inland Fisheries staff was also there to offer rod and reel casting techniques.  At the tasting booths, old fashion deer stew was served.

At the Monroe NHFD activities, close to 2,000 people attended a day full of skeet shooting, archery, bait casting lessons and fishing.

At each location, LDWF personnel 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 demonstrate different hunting and fishing techniques and to provide more information about the state's valuable outdoor resources. 

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