Media Contact: Beth Gunn, Program Coordinator
RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2011) – The Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education will host a Wildlife Expo in recognition of National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina on Sept. 24.
The Center is located at 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh on the Centennial Campus of NCSU and will be open with special Saturday hours of noon to 5 p.m. for this special event.
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.
Scheduled activities include outdoor cooking, archery, pellet range, tracking, fishing skills at nearby Lake Raleigh and much more:
- Wildlife Knowledge Test
- Backyard Bass Casting Game
- Raptor Rehab
- Falconers Guild with Raptors
- Mountain Man Camp
- Outdoor Cooking
- Lasershot Hunting Simulator
- Game Recovery
- Animal Tracking Station
- Huntmaster Disabled Hunters Unit
- Tree Stand Safety Demonstrations
- Archery Range
- Pellet Gun Range
Visitors also can tour exhibits at the center and visit outside demonstration areas. All activities are free of charge:
Events held on National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina are just 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 in North Carolina is our chance to thank sportsmen for their contributions to conservation, and an opportunity to invite others, especially youth, to join with us,” said Travis Casper, the state’s assistant hunter education coordinator. “The future of fish and wildlife depends upon tomorrow’s stewards.”
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.