Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with MDC in Kirksville

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish for more than half-a-million hunters and 1.1 million anglers. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites families and outdoor enthusiasts to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the NEMO Fairgrounds in Kirksville, 2700 E. Illinois St. The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

Activities include an archery (MoNASP) tournament, BB gun shooting, fishing pole casting and instruction, a streams table, MDC exhibits, local hunting and fishing business booths, and prize raffles. Information about various types of outdoor activities at local publicly owned areas will be available from staff working the event and from literature that can be picked up that day. Concessions will be available and provided by the Trinity 4-H club of Adair County.

Additionally, there will be presentations and demonstrations throughout the day. These include:

  • 10 a.m. – MDCs deer management plan, MDC Private Lands Conservationist Ted Seiler
  • 11 a.m. – Friction calling, 2013 World Champion Friction Caller Steve Morgenstern
  • 11:30 a.m. – Deer habitat, MDC Private Lands Conservationist Craig Williamson
  • Noon – How to introduce kids to hunting, Flambeau Outdoors Pro Hunting Staff John Williams
  • 1 p.m. – MDC turkey research project with a rocket net demonstration, MDC Turkey Biologist Jason Isabelle
  • 2 p.m. – Deceiving the fall turkey, 2008 Grand National Champion, MAD calls Gold Staffer and Mossy Oak Pro Staffer Billy Yargus
  • 2:30 p.m. – MDCs deer management plan, MDC Private Lands Conservationist Ted Seiler

National Hunting and Fishing Day was created by Congress in 1972 to commemorate past, present, and future conservation successes and to honor those sportsmen and sportswomen who began the modern conservation movement. National Hunting and Fishing Day is designated as the fourth Saturday in September.

When President Nixon signed the first proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day, he wrote, "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."

National Hunting and Fishing Day remains an ideal opportunity to celebrate our country's outdoor heritage and introduce children to the wonders of nature.

For more information on the event, please contact MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Rob Garver at Rob.Garver@mdc.mo.gov or 660-785-2420.

For more on hunting and fishing in Missouri, visit the Conservation Department website at mdc.mo.gov.