Release Date: 09/18/2007

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

"One of the best ways we can create a better public understanding of hunting and fishing is to create a better public awareness of the important role that outdoors men and women have played in conservation and improving our natural resources," said LDWF Public Information Assistant Director Thomas Gresham.  "National Hunting and Fishing Day helps to build appreciation and increase participation in outdoor sports.  It is also an opportunity for people with no previous experience to learn about the values and enjoyment of outdoor pursuits."

LDWF invites people of all ages in the Baton Rouge metro area to celebrate this year's event at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center.  The Baton Rouge event offers hands-on activities including canoeing, fishing, sports shooting and duck and goose calling. This year the department will again have a catfish pool where very young anglers can catch their first fish and get souvenir photos.

The Waddill Outdoor Education Center is located at 4142 Flannery Road.  This event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more information, contact the LDWF public information office at 225-765-2925. 

This year's event also offers numerous outdoor demonstrations and exhibits including Ducks Unlimited, Coastal Conservation Association, Red Stick Fly Fishers, Louisiana Bayou Bluebird Society, Louisiana Hiking Club, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, plus many more.

National Hunting and Fishing Day is open to the public and all activities, food and drink are free of charge.  A tasting booth will feature area chefs preparing and serving wild game and fish dish samples to the public.  Soft drinks are provided by the Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and Associated Grocers and Flowers Baking Company will provide hot dogs.

The event is sponsored in part by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, The Advocate and Louisiana Fish Fry Products.

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