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Jane Vachon: 603-271-3211
August 13, 2012

National Hunting & Fishing Day Events in Concord and Holderness – Sept. 22, 2012

CONCORD, N.H. – Mark your calendars for this fall's biggest hunting and fishing event in the Granite State.  In observance of National Hunting and Fishing Day, September 22, 2012, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will host a giant Sporting Expo in Concord, N.H., and an Open House at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.  Events at both locations take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Sporting Expo in Concord -- The grounds of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department at 11 Hazen Drive in Concord will be transformed into a giant outdoor sporting expo from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visit more than 70 exhibits featuring hunting and fishing-related products and services. Lots of demos and hands-on activities for older youth. Promotional support for the event is provided thanks to the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, John Deere, Bonneville & Son Jeep and 96.5 The Mill. Demos and displays include:

* Archery and air rifle ranges
* Crossbow demonstrations
* Hunting gear and accessories – from guns to decoys to scents and calls
* Pointing dog and retriever demonstrations
* Hunting experts and guides
* Duck and goose calling lessons and demos
* Taxidermy exhibits
* Fly-tying demonstrations
* Display of state record buck
* Food concession from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
* Giant raffle to benefit the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire.

Open House at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center – Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H., will host a public open house from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come enjoy hands-on activities and seminars for youth and families to include a 3-D archery course, video-based interactive shooting simulator, shotgun and rifle range activities, treestand safety seminar, trapping techniques demo by the N.H. Trappers Association and free ice cream donated by Granite State Dairy Promotion.

Other Attractions Statewide:  Agents and sporting goods retailers are encouraged to offer National Hunting and Fishing Day in-store sales or discounts, seminars, product demos or other activities. Selected sporting clubs will open their doors to the public for special sight-in days, muzzleloader shoots, range tours or shotgun events. Submit your event at www.nhfday.org/Events.aspx – and be a part of the National Hunting and Fishing Day 2012 New Hampshire celebration.

For vendor list, raffle item list, and schedule of events, visit www.wildnh.com/nhfday.

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