Release Date: 09/25/2007

More than 6,700 people throughout Louisiana celebrated National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) on Sept. 22 at events in Baton Rouge, Minden, Woodworth and Monroe.

At the Baton Rouge event, almost 1,500 people enjoyed skeet shooting, a catfish pool, youth fishing contest, archery and canoeing among other activities.  Once again, the "Paradise Louisiana" outdoors show was on hand to capture the day's events.  The wild game tasting booth featured fried alligator, cochon de lait with wild berry barbeque sauce, fried catfish, deer sauce piquant and shrimp salsa. 

The Baton Rouge event was sponsored in part by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, The Advocate, Louisiana Fish Fry, Associated Grocers, Progressive Insurance, Coca-Cola and Roy's Ice.  More than 240 volunteers helped with the day's events.

Over 3,000 folks made their way to Woodworth's NHFD event.  Woodworth's NFHD featured alligator skinning demonstrations and the local LDWF Hunter Education staff provided shooting instructions. 

In Minden, more than 1,000 visitors participated in NHFD.  The LDWF Hunter Education staff manned the skeet and muzzleloader shooting activities, which were busy all day.  Deer skinning demonstrations and fishing instructions also received a lot of attention by the public.  Bayou State Bowhunters Association members and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel were there to offer archery lessons.

At the Monroe NHFD activities, over to 2,200 people attended a day full of skeet shooting, archery, bait casting lessons, fishing and pony rides.  The U.S. National Guard also brought a climbing wall that simulates rock climbing.

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. 

For more information, contact Thomas Gresham at 225-765-2496 or