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September 20, 2004

Dedication of Fish and Game Hunter Education Center in Holderness September 25

CONCORD, N.H. -- Members of the media are invited to attend the dedication of the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness on Saturday, September 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. The speaking program starts at 1:15 p.m., followed by a tour of the grounds and shooting range demonstrations. September 25 is National Hunting and Fishing Day, an event that highlights the role of sportsmen and women in conservation efforts. Owl Brook was made possible through a Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration grant and private donations. The dedication will recognize the many donors, volunteers and others who made the center a reality.

The Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is the first facility of its kind in New Hampshire. Developed by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Hunter Education Program, it is located on 500 acres of land off Perch Pond Road in Holderness. It includes an office/classroom building with room to accommodate up to 60 students. Adjacent to this building is a far-target practice archery area and a 25-yard covered firing range suitable for small-bore and muzzleloader training. In addition, there is a shotgun training area, hunter skills trail, orienteering course and a 14-target field archery course. Click here for more information on Owl Brook.

Directions to Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, 387 Perch Pond Road, Holderness:

From the south:
Take I-93 to Exit 24 (Ashland), at the end of the ramp turn right onto Route 3/Route 25 and take this into the center of Ashland. In Ashland, bear left at the Y and continue along 3/25 south until you come to the blinking light at the junction of Route 175. Turn left onto 175 and follow it for 1.7 miles to Hardhack Rd. Go about 75 yards and take a right onto Perch Pond Rd. Follow Perch Pond Rd. for 1.8 miles; the entrance to the center is on the left. The building and parking lot are on the right, about 100 yards past the gate.

From the north:
Take Exit 25 (Plymouth), at the end of the ramp turn left onto Route 175A. At the stop sign at the top of the hill, bear slightly right onto Route 175. Continue on Route 175 for 2.9 miles to Hardhack Rd. on the left. Once on Hardhack Rd. go about 75 yards and turn right onto Perch Pond Rd. Follow Perch Pond Rd. for 1.8 miles and the entrance to the center will be on the left. The building and parking lot are on the right, about 100 yards past the gate.

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