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Liza Poinier: 603-271-3211
September 19, 2011
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Family-Friendly Open House at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness on September 24, 2011 -- National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration
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 24, 2011, 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 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. Try your luck breaking clay targets at the shotgun range, using shotguns provided by Sturm Ruger, and test your marksmanship on the Center's environmentally friendly rifle range with Thompson/ Center Arms firearms. See how solid your safety knowledge is by trying a tree stand safety activity. New Hampshire Trappers Association members will demonstrate trapping techniques and bring the Center's re-created trapper's cabin to life.
Visitors to the Open House can enter a FREE raffle for quality firearms donated by Thompson/ Center Arms and Sturm Ruger; other prizes include a half-off coupon for a firearm from Savage Arms and gift certificates from Dick’s Sporting Goods. Also -- cool off with free ice cream donated by Granite State Dairy Promotion.
The Open House is a great chance to tour the grounds at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, located on 500 forested acres of land in Holderness. Facilities include 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, an orienteering course and a 14-target wooded field archery course. While you're there, be sure to stop into the classroom building and browse exhibits exploring the principles of hunter education. Did you know New Hampshire's Hunter Education program was one of the first in the nation to be offered in schools?
Workshops, group programs and special events are hosted at Owl Brook 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 at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm. Directions: 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 big events being hosted by N.H. Fish and Game on September 24 in observance of National Hunting and Fishing Day. There will also be a free Sporting Expo, featuring more than 80 exhibitors, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord. For more information, visit www.wildnh.com/nhfday.
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