News from the DNR Office of Communications

Junior Hunter Field Day Planned For May 8, 2010

Swanton, MD (March 24, 2010) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is partnering with local conservation groups to present their second-annual Western Maryland Junior Hunter Field Day on Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Midland Sportsman’s Club in Midland, Md. This event will allow young people interested in wildlife activities to experience nature, while learning about the management of the State’s natural resources.

“This event will provide a safe, fun and hands-on atmosphere for young people to learn about hunting’s important role in Maryland’s wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation under the guidance of wildlife professionals,” said Clarissa Harris, DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service, Regional Wildlife Response Coordinator.

State and local conservationists will give youth interested in hunting, trapping and wildlife management the opportunity to learn about shooting sports, hunting, wildlife and fisheries management – including archery, sporting clays, turkey hunting, and fishing -- while being mentored by certified instructors. Wildlife and Heritage Service staff and the Maryland Natural Resources Police will join representatives of sporting and conservation organizations to provide expertise in natural resources stewardship, safety, wildlife biology, and ethical conduct in the field. Lunch for youth and parents as well as all equipment will be provided.

This event is open to young people, ages 8 to 16. Pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 100 applicants, so register early. Please contact the Wildlife and Heritage Service Cumberland Office at 301-777-2136 to request registration information. Information is also available online at:

   March 24, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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