The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.

A variety of free, family-oriented activities and exhibits have been scheduled, including demonstrations of outdoor cooking, hands-on archery lessons, learning fishing skills, and marksmanship and safety on an air rifle range.

“Come enjoy a fun-filled, hands-on day full of activities for the whole family learning about conservation in North Carolina,” said Lee Sherrill, program coordinator at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. “Free and informative, this one-day event shows off what the center and the Commission are all about, all the time.”

Other events and demonstrations include:

  • GPS skills station
  • Backyard Bass
  • Huntmaster blind
  • Fly-casting
  • Fly-tying
  • Wild game taste samples
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Archery with N.C. Bowhunters Association
  • Pellet Range with WNC Sportsman Club

National Hunting and Fishing Day, formalized by Congress in 1971, was created by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to celebrate conservation successes of hunters and anglers. Hunting, fishing and related activities directly support upwards of 29,000 jobs in North Carolina.

The Pisgah Center is partnering with the Fly Fishing Federation, Trout Unlimited and the N.C. Trappers Association to host this year’s National Hunting and Fishing Day event. It is one of seven events hosted or supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina 2013.

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is located near Brevard, just south of Asheville, alongside the Davidson River in Transylvania County. The center features nature trails and five large aquariums representing different aquatic habitats. Visitors to the center also can walk next door to the Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery, where trout are raised in 54 raceways. The center’s hours of operation through November are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. For more information, call 828-877-4423.

Logo courtesy National Hunting and Fishing Day

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