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Don’t miss NHF Day – Sept. 28

I’ll go out on a limb here and say something to get your attention. National Hunting and Fishing Day may be the biggest event in our area that people miss every year because they don’t really know what it is.

If they did realize what a fantastic day it is, there would be 5,000 people, especially people with kids, at the Monroe celebration of NHF Day Saturday, September 28. This year’s event venue will make it even more special.

If you like hunting, fishing, conservation, outdoor education, watersports, or you just want to have fun and be around a lot of great people FOR FREE, this is your gig.

The event has moved to Black Bayou Lake NWR. We are excited about the move and so is USFW. The date is Saturday September 28, 2019 from 9 a.m. -2 p.m. The activities include skeet shooting (shotgun), BB gun, Archery, Bait casting, Fishing (bring your equipment or we will loan you some with bait), kayaking, try your luck at catching a frog in the frog pond and the visitors center will be open. Various vendors will be set up showing duck calls, muzzleloaders, birds of prey, wildlife from the zoo and much more outdoor related displays.

Door prizes will be given out throughout the day.

Other vendors attending are the Louisiana Alligator Hunter and Trappers Association, Lifeshare donation bus, 4H shooting sports and many other outdoors vendors. We are also hoping for a visit from Smokey The Bear.

It takes an enormous amount of work and effort to coordinate this day. I know, I’ve been there. And thanks to all the volunteers and groups that take time to make this thing work. It’s really a big deal. Shame on you if you miss it. SO DON’T.

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
480 Richmond Place Drive
Monroe, LA
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(CALL 318-343-4044 for more information or to set up a booth or activity)

Louisiana’s National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration, which is expected to draw several thousand children and adults, is set in four locations around the state. NHFD has become a tradition since its establishment in the early 1970s. Since then, every fourth Saturday in September is dedicated to Louisiana’s popular outdoor pastimes.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries introduced its first NHFD event in 1982 as co-sponsors of the event with the local Monroe newspaper at the Monroe District Office. In following years, additional locations were added to its roster. Today, more than 10,000 people statewide attend the celebrations, establishing the department’s largest, free public event.  State celebrations will also include Baton Rouge, Haughton and Woodworth. All events are free and will feature exhibits from numerous local outdoor clubs, conservation organizations and businesses.

Sponsors of the Monroe event are Camp Ch-Yo-Ca Hunting Camp, Entergy, James Machine Works, Louisiana Plastic Industries, Inc., Armstrong’s Cricket Farm, Acadian Ambulance Service, and US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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