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September 14, 2012

Family-Friendly Open House at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness

National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration

archery instructor at Owl Brook

HOLDERNESS, N.H. -- Enjoy a fun family day with hands-on activities related to the shooting sports, hunting and trapping at an Open House at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness on Saturday, September 22, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Admission is free. The event is part of the N.H. Fish and Game Department's observance of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The center is located at 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness, N.H.

Open House visitors will have a chance to try Owl Brook's practice archery range and video-based interactive shooting simulator. Try out a Ruger shotgun at the shotgun range, and test your marksmanship on the center's environmentally friendly rifle range. Bring your own equipment to try out the center's 3-D woodland archery course. Enjoy a tree stand safety seminar and trapping demos by the New Hampshire Trappers Association. Get a look inside the center's old-time trapper's cabin. To top off the fun, enjoy a free raffle and ice cream donated by Granite State Dairy Promotion.

The Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is 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. The classroom building features exhibits exploring the principles of hunter education.

The Open House at Owl Brook is one of two big events being hosted by N.H. Fish and Game on September 22 in observance of National Hunting and Fishing Day. There will also be a free Sporting Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord. For more information, visit www.wildnh.com/nhfday.

Workshops, group programs and special events at Owl Brook help people start the lifelong journey of becoming safe and responsible hunters and trappers. Activities and facilities at Owl Brook are 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 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.

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