The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be sponsoring the 30th Annual Wildlife and Forestry Festival, a Celebration of National Hunting & Fishing Day, Saturday, September 25, 2010. Open to the public, the event will run from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., in the Tom Merrill Recreation Area Campground at the Bayou Bodcau Dam and Reservoir, located on Bodcau Dam Road, off Interstate I-20 from Highway 157 in the Haughton/Bellevue area. Go to http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/lakes/la/bodcau/ for a map of the area.
Join us in celebrating the original outdoor challenge - National Hunting and Fishing Day. It will be a family-oriented event, with fun and educational hands-on activities that everyone will enjoy. This is a great way to introduce youth and newcomers to outdoor sports while teaching them about the important role that hunting and fishing play in Louisiana’s wildlife conservation programs. It's a perfect opportunity to create a better public understanding of hunting and fishing and to create a better public awareness of the important role that hunters and anglers have played in conservation and improving our natural resources.
A few of the fun and challenging hands-on activities you can try will be archery, duck and turkey calling, shooting using shotguns, B-B guns, muzzleloaders, and others, canoeing or kayaking, fishing, and nature hikes, among many others. Kids of all ages can try your hand at any activity, listen to country music with the Dusty Boots Band, and you may even win a great door prize or the casting or calling contests! Many sportsman's and conservation groups will have exhibits to share valuable outdoor activity information. There will be displays of hunting and fishing equipment and demonstrations of outdoor skills. For more information about the event planned for Bayou Bodcau, contact Ranger Suzanne Odom at 318-377-2673 or email her at Donna.S.Odom@usace.army.mil.
National Hunting and Fishing Day, formalized by Congress in 1971, was created by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to celebrate conservation successes of hunters and anglers. From shopping center exhibits to statewide expos, millions of citizens learned to appreciate America's sportsman-based system of conservation funding. That system now generates more than $1.7 billion per year, benefiting all who appreciate wildlife and wild places. National Hunting and Fishing Day is observed on the fourth Saturday of every September.