RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2011) – The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education will partner with Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina event at Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Sept. 24.
The day of fishing and outdoor fun begins at 8 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. For $25, each participant will receive a rod and reel combo, tackle, a T-shirt, Fish-For-Fun bags and a Greenwing membership. Pre-registration is required. Lunch and beverages will be provided for participants and their families. This day of fun includes:
- Exploring Mackay Island Wildlife Refuge and looking for eagles.
- Learning bow safety and how to shoot a bow with the N.C. Bowhunters Association.
- Visiting “Citation Station” to see if your fish can be registered in the N.C. Angler Recognition Program.
- Entering the longest and heaviest fish contest.
The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education is a N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission visitor and learning facility at Currituck Heritage Park on Highway 12 in Corolla, next to Currituck Beach Lighthouse and the Whalehead Club. On National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina, the center will offer laser shot demonstrations onsite and classes on fishing in Currituck Sound from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 252-543-0221, ext. 1 for reservations. Also, visit the exhibit gallery or see the movie, “Life by Water’s Rhythms.”
National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina will be celebrated cross the state and is an example of year-round efforts by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to educate, encourage and involve people in hunting and fishing. The Commission offers free hunter education courses, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops, outdoor skills classes, youth hunts, disabled sportsmen and mobility impaired hunting and fishing opportunities, and a fishing tackle loaner program.
National Hunting and Fishing Day, formalized by Congress in 1971, was created to celebrate the conservation achievements of hunters and anglers that benefit all who appreciate wildlife and the outdoors.
For more information on N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission wildlife and fishing education centers, hunter education programs and what it takes to become a North Carolina sportsman, go to www.ncwildlife.org. For more information on National Hunting and Fishing Day, visit www.nhfday.org.