Concord, N.H. — The N.H. Fish and Game grounds 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. on National Hunting and Fishing Day, September 24, 2011. Admission is free. Visit more than 80 exhibits featuring hunting and fishing-related products and services, and enjoy many demonstrations and activities for visitors. Promotional support for the event is being provided by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, Weatherby Foundation, Green’s Marine, Bonneville & Son Jeep and 96.5 The Mill.
Visitors to the Expo will have a chance to try out archery (regular and crossbow) and air rifle ranges. Check out hunting gear and accessories – from guns to decoys to scents and calls. See pointing dog and retriever demonstrations, pick up some duck and goose calling tips, and enjoy taxidermy exhibits and fly-tying demonstrations. The popular state record buck and the “Forever Locked” battling bull moose exhibits also will be on display.
“This year’s Expo is bigger than ever. We have more exhibitors and more demos and hands-on activities for adults and teens who love hunting and fishing,” said Expo coordinator Mark Beauchesne of Fish and Game. “Don’t miss this fun, free event celebrating New Hampshire’s longstanding outdoor traditions.”
A big draw at the event will be a giant raffle featuring more than 50 items, including a Lund Jon Boat, Thompson/Center .50 caliber muzzleloader, pheasant hunt for two, a Savage Arms Axis rifle and much more. The drawing will take place at 2 p.m. Raffle proceeds benefit the work of the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, Fish and Game’s nonprofit partner that supports critical fish and wildlife conservation and education programs.
Food concessions will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Sporting Expo in Concord is one of two big events being hosted by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department on September 24, 2011, in observance of National Hunting and Fishing Day. Also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day, there will be a free Open House at Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center at 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness, featuring hands-on activities and demonstrations related to the shooting sports, hunting and trapping, plus a raffle for a firearm. Learn more about National Hunting and Fishing Day, and see lists of exhibitors and raffle prizes at http://www.wildnh.com/nhfday.