on Sep 08, 2011 12:00 AM • Views 6710
Media Contact: Lee Sherrill, Program Coordinator

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a free celebration of  National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina on Sept. 24, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education with family activities and demonstrations.

Located near Brevard, south of Asheville, the center will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 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.

Hands-on, interactive exhibits and demonstrations include fishing, outdoor cooking, archery, pellet rifle range, interactive kids' hunt camp, and more. Inside, the center will screen an award-winning documentary on natural history and wildlife diversity of the mountains. Exhibits include five aquatic habitats with live fish, frogs, salamanders and snakes.

Other exhibits include:

  • BB gun range
  • Archery range
  • Hatchery interpretation
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Huntmaster demo
  • Fly-fishing casting
  • Fly tying
  • Tree stand safety

This and other events 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, youth hunts, outdoor skills classes, 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.