Americans who love the outdoors will have an opportunity to celebrate the joys of hunting and fishing at National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 23.
The Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) Museum in Springfield is in charge of arrangements for the 35th National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) celebration.
NHFD celebrates hunters' and anglers' role in founding and sustaining America's conservation movement for more than 100 years. The WOW Museum coordinates organization of dozens of NHFD events nationwide and publishes details of each at www.nhfday.org/html/eventcalendar.htm.
Missouri will have NHFD events at the following locations.
Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield will host an event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 23 with demonstrations and activities including retriever demonstrations, a visit from Ranger Rick from the National Wildlife Federation, tryouts to host your own Outdoor Channel fishing show, a casting contest, fishing with the Missouri Trout Fishermen Association and shooting on the Daisy mobile air-gun range.
Participating organizations include the Missouri Department of Conservation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited, Big Brothers Big Sisters, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited, Leadership Ranch, and Neosho Fish Hatchery.
Kids will have the opportunity to earn discounted tickets to Wonders of Wildlife by completing a NHF Day Adventure Passport.
For more information call Laura Edwards or Stephanie Snipes at 417-887-7334.
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Columbia will host a celebration from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sept. 23.
Program offerings include a seminar from 2 to 4 p.m. by Conservation Department wetland area managers about waterfowl hunting opportunities on public areas in central Missouri. Youths will be able to take part in a photography workshop and contest that starts at 11 a.m.
Also at 11 a.m. is a duck-calling seminar presented by the Missouri Waterfowl Association.
Ducks Unlimited will offer seminars from 4 to 5 p.m. Bass Pro Shops staff will help youngsters fish at a lake on-site all day using equipment provided as part of the event. Call 573-886-7100, for more information.
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in St. Charles will have free activities Sept. 23, including a fly-casting class at 9 a.m., archery instruction at 10 a.m., a baitcasting class at 11 a.m., an outdoor cooking class from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., firearms safety training at 1 p.m., a waterfowl calling workshop at 2:30 p.m., fly tying instruction at 3 p.m., hand-held global positioning system training at 4 p.m., a turkey calling class at 5 p.m. and a jig tying class at 6 p.m.