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Pechmann Center Schedules Free Wildlife Expo on Sept. 23

Gov. Roy Cooper Proclaims Sept. 23 as National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina

  • 14 September 2017
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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 14, 2017) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold its 9th annual Wildlife Expo on Sept. 23 at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The expo will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is one of six events the Commission is hosting or supporting in celebration of  National Hunting and Fishing Day 2017. Coinciding with National Hunting and Fishing Day, Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed Sept. 23, 2017 as National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina, recognizing the many and varied social, cultural, economic and ecological benefits of hunting and angling. Read the entire proclamation issued by Cooper today.

During the expo, visitors can participate in a variety of hands-on activities that test their outdoors skills and strengthen their knowledge of wildlife conservation in North Carolina. A few of the activities include:

  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Archery
  • Air rifle marksmanship
  • Lure making
  • Insect identification


Participants 15 years old and younger who visit all exhibits and answer a series of questions can enter a prize drawing, which will be held at 1 p.m. The grand prize, donated by the N.C. Wildlife Federation, is a unified lifetime sportsman license, which includes hunting privileges, as well as fishing privileges in all public waters in North Carolina, including coastal and mountain trout waters. Other prizes include fishing rods and reels and tackle boxes. All participants will receive free Fish-for-Fun bags filled with fishing-related goodies.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc., will provide a free lunch of hotdogs, chips and a drink for all expo visitors.

Pechmann staff encourages expo visitors to bring sunscreen, portable chairs and their own fishing equipment and bait, although a limited number of free loaner rods and reels will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Participants can pre-register online or show up the day of event. For more information, contact Thomas Carpenter, center director, at 910-868-5003.

This year, Richard Childress, NHFD’s Honorary Chairman, is asking hunters and anglers to help create the next generation of conservationists by participating in a new NHFD challenge, “Take the Pledge.” By “pledging” to take someone hunting, fishing or target shooting from Aug. 14 through Sept. 23, 2017, participants will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a Richard Childress Racing VIP race weekend package or the Ultimate Outdoor Experience.

National Hunting and Fishing Day occurs every fourth Saturday in September and is a nationwide grassroots effort that promotes outdoor sports and wildlife conservation. Visit the Commission’s National Hunting and Fishing Day page for more information on all seven events, including activities, demonstration and exhibits.

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Jodie B. Owen

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