Big turnout for MDC and DU Family Outdoors Day

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Kansas City, Mo. – Sunny weather with a touch of autumn helped draw attendance estimated at 800 to 1,000 people on Sept. 26 to Family Outdoors Day at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee's Summit. The event honoring the annual National Hunting and Fishing Day was a partnership between the Missouri Department of Conservation, Ducks Unlimited and other conservation partners.

"This was one of the best that I've seen in a long time," said Debra Burns, MDC wildlife regional supervisor.

Visitors saw wildlife exhibits and newcomers to outdoor sports got hands-on help for activities such as fishing, trap shooting and archery. Families watched demonstrations of retriever dogs and tried their hand at throwing the atlatl dart. The annual event celebrates the heritage of hunting, fishing, shooting and enjoying nature.

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