Get set for the hunting and fishing seasons ahead this Saturday, September 22, as the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day in a big way with exciting free events in Concord and Holderness.

A giant Sporting Expo will take over the grounds of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free! The Expo features more than 70 exhibits with the latest hunting and fishing-related products and services, plus a chance to try hands-on activities like archery, crossbow, air rifle, and that new four-wheeler you’ve been dreaming about. See pointing dog demos (at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m.) and retriever dog demos (at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.).

Throughout the day at the Expo, New Hampshire Falconers will have live birds of prey on view, and entertainer Jim Barnes will add to the fun with his foot-stompin’ music. Radio station 96.5 The Mill will broadcast live from the event. Be sure to get in on the huge raffle, with more than 50 items including a pheasant hunt for two and a Savage Arms Axis rifle, to benefit the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire (drawing at 2 p.m.). Support for the event also provided by John Deere and Bonneville & Son Jeep. Food concession available.

Also on Saturday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., come enjoy a free Open House at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center at 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness. The event features hands-on activities related to the shooting sports, hunting and trapping, plus seminars on tree stand safety and trapping, a free sporting goods raffle and ice cream from the Granite State Dairy Promotion.

Learn more about National Hunting and Fishing Day, and see lists of exhibitors and raffle prizes at http://www.wildnh.com/nhfday.

Image courtesy New Hampshire Fish and Game

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