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Shotgun range at Owl Brook
Come try out the shotgun range at Owl Brook.
Enjoying ice cream at Owl Brook
Visitors at the 2009 Open House enjoy ice cream courtesy of the Granite State Dairy Promotion.
Getting some archery tips at Owl Brook
The Owl Brook Open House offers a chance to try the practice archery range or the 3D woodland course.

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Tom Flynn: 603-536-1290
Jane Vachon: 603-271-3211
September 17, 2010

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day
Family-friendly Open House on Tap at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness -- September 25, 2010

HOLDERNESS, N.H. -- Enjoy a fun day with hands-on activities related to the shooting sports, hunting and trapping at a public Open House on Saturday, September 25, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center at 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness, N.H.  Admission is free.  The event is part of Fish and Game's celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day.

Special activities going on during the event include a chance to try Owl Brook's practice archery range, a 3-D woodland archery course and a video-based interactive shooting simulator. Test your safety knowledge by trying a tree stand safety activity.  At the Center's firing ranges, you'll have a chance to shoot Sturm Ruger and Thompson/Center Arms shotguns and muzzleloaders and talk to firearms manufacturer reps.  N.H. Trappers Association members will be on hand to demonstrate trapping techniques and bring the re-created trapper's cabin to life.

Visitors to the Open House can enter a FREE raffle for two firearms donated by Thompson/ Center Arms and Sturm Ruger. The whole family can cool off with free ice cream donated by the Granite State Dairy Promotion.

The Open House is a great chance to tour the grounds at Owl Brook. In addition to the special activities, be sure to check out exhibits exploring the principles of hunter education inside the classroom building. The first facility of its kind in the state, Owl Brook is located on 500 forested acres of land in Holderness. It includes an office/classroom building, a four-target practice archery area, a 25-yard covered firing range for small-bore and muzzleloader training, a shotgun training area, hunter skills trail, orienteering course and a 14-target field archery course along a wooded trail. Workshops, group programs and special events are hosted there to help individuals and families start the lifelong journey of becoming safe and responsible hunters and trappers. Owl Brook was made possible by federal Wildlife Restoration Act funds, as well as private donations.  Learn more atwww.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm.

Directions to Owl Brook:  Take I-93 to Exit 24 (Ashland). Turn right onto Route 3/Route 25.  In Ashland, bear left at the Y, continuing south on 3/25. Turn left onto Route 175 and go 1.7 miles. Turn right onto Hardhack Road.  Go about 75 yards and take a right onto Perch Pond Road. Go 1.8 miles; the entrance to the center is on the left.

The Open House at Owl Brook is one of the two great events being hosted by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department on September 25, 2010, in observance of National Hunting and Fishing Day.  The other is a large Sporting Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, with more than 50 exhibitors and demonstrations, from fly-tying to goose calling and retriever dogs. Admission is free. Find out more about National Hunting and Fishing Day at www.wildnh.com/nhfday.

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