News from the DNR Office of Communications

Junior Hunter Field Day Event to be Held at the Somerset County Fair Grounds

Princess Anne, MD. (May 21, 2010) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has partnered with local conservation groups to present a Junior Hunter Field Day event from 8:30am to 3:30pm on June 19, 2010 at the Somerset County Fair Grounds.

“This is an opportunity for Maryland children interested in wildlife activities to discover and connect with their natural world,” said Bob Beyer, Associate Director of DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service.  “It gives children a chance to learn how to become involved in the management of our natural resources and to learn about hunting and the important role it plays in wildlife conservation.”

Young people interested in hunting, trapping and wildlife management will have an opportunity to interact with DNR personnel and local conservationists in a safe, supervised setting.  They will learn about shooting sports and equipment including shotguns, archery and sporting clays, and will observe retriever dog and waterfowl calling demonstrations.  Professionals from DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service will join representatives of sporting and conservation organizations to provide expertise in natural resources stewardship, wildlife biology, safety, and ethical conduct in the field.  All equipment will be provided and certified instructors will oversee all shooting activities. 

This event is FREE (lunch included) and 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 DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service at 410-219-8418 to request registration information or download the forms online at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Education/index.asp


   May 21, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 467,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries, and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic, and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov