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Maryland Celebrates National Hunting And Fishing Day On September 24

Caroline County, Md. (August 25, 2011) — In conjunction with more than 30 fishing and hunting clubs, conservation organizations and local businesses, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host Maryland’s 5th Annual National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration and Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 at Schrader’s Bridgetown Manor in Henderson on Maryland’s eastern shore. Anglers, hunters and those interested in learning more about the great outdoors are invited to this free, public event.

“National Hunting and Fishing Day is a great opportunity for Maryland families to spend time together while connecting with nature,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “Activities such as hunting and fishing teach children the value of protecting our natural resources so they can be enjoyed for generations to come.”

Participants can try fun and challenging hands-on activities including spin casting, waterfowl calling lessons, dog demonstrations and archery and target shooting with skilled instructors. Experienced and novice outdoorsmen and women can check out hunting and fishing displays and demonstrations of outdoor skills.

“This event offers fun and educational hands-on activities for Marylanders of all ages to enjoy,” said Megan Fischbach, DNR’s National Hunting & Fishing Day coordinator. “It is a great way to introduce young people and newcomers to outdoor sports, while teaching them about the important role that hunting and fishing play in Maryland’s wildlife conservation and management.”

The event will also feature merchandise and food vendors, free giveaways and live music from The Bay Country Gentlemen.

Formalized by Congress in 1971, National Hunting and Fishing Day was created by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to celebrate the conservation successes of America’s hunters and anglers. Sportsmen and women generate more than $1.7 billion annually, which benefits all who appreciate wildlife and wild places.

Local sponsors of this year’s event include the National Wild Turkey Federation-Maryland Chapter, National Wildlife Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International- Chesapeake Chapter, National Rifle Association, Baltimore County Game and Fish Protective Association, Cassidy & Associates, Maryland Crossbow Federation, Maryland Trappers Association and the Maryland Bowhunters Society.

For more information call 410-260-8535 or visit dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Hunt_Trap/NHFD/index.asp.


   August 25, 2011

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

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly a half-million 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 11 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