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August 21, 2009

Hunting and Fishing Day Expo & N.H. Tour Coming September 26, 2009

CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is orchestrating a statewide celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day this year. The 2009 Hunting and Fishing Day Expo & N.H. Tour is set for Saturday, September 26, 2009. Admission is free, and it promises to be an exciting day of events across the state. See the growing list of participants and activities to enjoy at www.wildnh.com/expotour.

In Concord, N.H., a giant Outdoor Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of Fish and Game headquarters (11 Hazen Drive). Browse exhibits and demonstrations of the latest outdoor gear - more than 50 exhibitors will be on hand with equipment, gadgets and hands-on demos. Talk to sporting organizations and hunting and fishing product manufacturers, including Buck Gardener Calls, Quaker Boy Calls and Freedom Cycle. Pick up some game cooking tips from New England's Wild Cheff. See taxidermy exhibits, including the new N.H. state record buck. Test your mettle on an archery range and a sport fishing simulator. The hatchery truck will be on hand with big fish to see. New Hampshire hunting videos will be rolling all day. Check out the "Forever Locked" battling moose mount and hunting dog demonstrations.  Just for coming, you'll be in the running for a free raffle for great prizes, including a Triumph Bone Collector .50 cal. muzzleloader donated by Thompson Center Arms, a handheld GPS unit from DeLorme, and fishing maps and guidebooks from Fishing Guides of New England.

The same day, Fish and Game's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center (386 Perch Pond Road) in Holderness, N.H., will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Try your hand at shotgunning, archery, treestand safety and other hands-on activities, including muzzleloader shooting provided by Thompson/Center Arms. Enjoy exhibits on hunter education. It's a great chance to see all that the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center has to offer.  Directions to Owl Brook are posted at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm.

Around the state, outdoor businesses, license agents and fish and game clubs will get in on the action by hosting special events and offering in-store specials. Events are planned at the Katahdin German Shorthaired Pointer Club, Deering Fish and Game Club, Country Pond Fish and Game Club in Newton, Elkins Fish and Game Club, Dover Marine/Covered Bridge Sports, and Dick's Sporting Goods, just to mention a few. Watch for updates at www.wildnh.com/expotour.

"This is the first statewide celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day New Hampshire has had in 22 years," says event coordinator Mark Beauchesne, who remembers participating in N.H. Hunting and Fishing Day events years ago as a teenager.  "This should be a great day to find hunting and fishing equipment deals all over the state, plus enjoy family activities. Most importantly, this event acknowledges New Hampshire's hunters and anglers, who play such a vital role in the conservation of our natural resources and economy and who carry on the state's enduring outdoor traditions."

The Hunting and Fishing Day Expo & N.H. Tour is hosted by Fish and Game and sponsored by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire.

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