National Hunting and Fishing Day gives families a taste of the outdoors

Dozens of families got to escape the city life on Saturday, September 22 and experience the great outdoors at the Waddill Wildlife Refuge in Baton Rouge.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries celebrated National Hunting and Fishing Day by hosting free family-friendly outdoor activities throughout the state.

National Hunting and Fishing Day
Source: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

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.

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National Hunting and Fishing Day 2018

Dozens of families got to escape the city life on Saturday, September 22 and experience the great outdoors at the Waddill Wildlife Refuge in Baton Rouge.

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.

Department employees were on hand to teach kids about fishing, canoeing, kayaking, skeet shooting, and archery.

Joel Courtney, a department spokesperson, says officials are trying to make sure that outdoor skills do not skip a generation.

“We know that they’re getting in touch with nature and they’re having an opportunity to experience it and maybe they want to do it for the rest of their lives,” Courtney said. “And then pass that on generationally.”

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National Hunting and Fishing Day
Source: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

For more information about the event at the Waddill Wildlife Refuge call (225) 765 – 2927.

National Hunting and Fishing Day
Source: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

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