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National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina is Sept. 24 and everyone is invited to learn more about outdoor recreation and conservation by attending one of seven family-oriented events across the state supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
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. Hunting, fishing and related activities directly support 29,000 jobs and $818 million in income in North Carolina.
“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.”
Some of the National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina events will have participants trying their hand at campfire cooking, archery, marksmanship on laser and pellet rifle ranges, and fishing. All will have opportunities to learn more about conservation and how to begin hunting and fishing.
The event closest to Brunswick County is at the Watha State Fish Hatchery. The commission will provide fish-for-fun bags filled with fishing-related items, and prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish in two age groups (up to 7 and 8-15). A $5 fee covers lunch and beverages for participants and their families.
Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org.