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National Hunting And Fishing Day 9/24/11

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Hey Marylanders and folks local to the Washington DC Metropolitain area, this coming Saturday, September 24th, is National Hunting and Fishing Day. To celebrate this annual event, the Rockville Chapter of the Izaak Walton League is holding an open house type of event that is free to the public, with lots of fun activities for family, including kids, and friends. I'll be there too with a booth displaying some of my fossil collection along with a station for kids and adults to sort through some material that I brought back from North Carolina to look for micro shark teeth and other micro fossils. I'll be giving away a small sample of shark teeth to the kids that visit my booth too. So, please come and have a good time! Below is the press release:

Izaak Walton League of America-Rockville Chapter

NATIONAL HUNTING & FISHING DAY CELEBRATION

Germantown, MD -- The members of the Izaak Walton League of America-Rockville Chapter will be sponsoring a Celebration of National Hunting & Fishing Day, Saturday, September 24, 2011. Open to the public, this FREE event will run from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the IWLA-Rockville Chapter located at 18301 Waring Station Road, Germantown, MD 20874.

“Join us in celebrating the original outdoor challenge -- National Hunting and Fishing Day. It will be a family-oriented event, with free, fun and educational hands-on activities that everyone will enjoy. This is a great way to introduce youth and newcomers to outdoor sports while teaching them about the important role that hunting and fishing play in Maryland’s wildlife conservation programs. It’s a perfect opportunity to create a better public understanding of hunting and fishing and to create a better public awareness of the important role that hunters and anglers have played in conservation and improving our natural resources,” said Theresa Daly, spokesperson for the Izaak Walton League-Rockville Chapter.

A few of the fun and challenging hands on activities you can try will be archery, trap shooting, fly-fishing, canoeing and kayaking. There will also be opportunities to learn about many conservation efforts such as wood duck nest boxes, Save Our Streams monitoring, deer management, hunter safety and recycling at home and in the community. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland National Park and Planning Commission, Montgomery County Government Department of Solid Waste, Maryland Deer Management Association, Trout Unlimited and other sportsman’s and conservation groups will also have exhibits. There will be displays of hunting and fishing equipment and demonstrations of outdoor skills. Kids, don’t forget to check out the junior archery, fishing derby, BB and black powder demonstrations.

For more information about the event planned for Germantown, contact Theresa Daly, NH&F Day Coordinator, 301-972-1645.

As the official home to National Hunting and Fishing Day, Wonders of Wildlife is the only hunting and fishing-focused facility that’s both affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution and accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.

National Hunting and Fishing Day, formalized by Congress in 1971, was created by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to celebrate conservation successes of hunters and anglers. From shopping center exhibits to statewide expos, millions of citizens have learned to appreciate America’s sportsman-based system of conservation funding. That system now generates more than $1.7 billion per year, benefiting all who appreciate wildlife and wild places.

National Hunting and Fishing Day is observed on the fourth Saturday of every September.

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