The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be hosting a free family-friendly event at the Waddill Wildlife Refuge in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day.
History of National Hunting and Fishing Day
NHFD was created in 1972 when Congress passed two bills establishing a specific day to celebrate the conservation contributions of the nation’s hunters and anglers.
It is a national event celebrated by all 50 states every year on the fourth Saturday in September.
LDWF introduced its first National Hunting and Fishing Day event in 1982 at the Monroe district office.
In the following years, three more locations were developed in Baton Rouge, Minden, and Woodworth.
Today, more than 10,000 people statewide attend the celebrations, creating the largest public event for the department.
National Hunting and Fishing Day 2018
This year’s NHFD event in Baton Rouge will be held on September 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Waddill Wildlife Refuge at 4142 North Flannery Road.
The event is free and great for children and families. LDWF officials will feature exhibits on wildlife management programs and shooting and fishing demonstrations.
Other wildlife conservation organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club, and CCA will also have exhibits.
The Waddill Wildlife Refuge is a 237-acre park along the Comite River that offers many outdoor amenities.
It is owned and managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
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Fun for the whole family
Those who attend can try their skills at the shooting ranges, fishing ponds, and boating activities. Attendees can also learn about wildlife with live animals.
The LDWF will host National Hunting and Fishing Day events in Woodworth, West Monroe, and Minden.
For more information about the event at the Waddill Wildlife Refuge call (225) 765 – 2927.