Wednesday, September 30, 2015

National Hunting & Fishing Day 2015

On May 2, 1972, President Nixon signed the first proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day, writing, "I urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in insuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations."

Celebrated on the fourth Saturday in September, National Hunting and Fishing Day has provided millions of Americans with the opportunity to experience, understand and appreciate traditional outdoor sports.  

On Saturday, September 25th, the kids and I joined our friends - the Magees at Columbia Bottoms Conservation Area as the Missouri Conservation Department was celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day by hosting free fun and educational activities including guided river-boat rides, hiking, archery and air rifle shooting, fishing and fish identification information, animal skull mazes, Asian carp filleting demonstrations and tastings, fried catfish sampling, a laser shot shooting simulator and entertainment by the Fishin Magicians.

It was a beautiful day to be outside.  The kids were completely entertained by the Fishin Magicians as we waited our turn to enjoy a wild, 25 mph boat ride and no one complained of hunger -- lots of fish tasting for everyone.

Charlotte examines a Trumpeter Swan leg up close.

The MDC cooked more than 100 lbs of catfish and carp.
More, please!

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