Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with MDC on Saturday

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation invites you to celebrate the Show-Me-State's rich hunting heritage and fishing traditions through our National Hunting and Fishing Day events on Saturday, Sept. 27.

In the Kirksville area, join us at the Northeast Missouri Fairgrounds for a variety of free, family fun including archery, turkey calling, fishing-pole casting, BB-gun shooting, raffles, and more. Get details at mdc.mo.gov/node/29027.

In the Kansas City area, enjoy free outdoor family fun at our James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee's Summit. The event is in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited and will offer a variety of free activities including trap shooting, archery, and fishing. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/node/29045. Also join us, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, and 4-H Shooting Sports at the Outdoor Youth Event at Centennial Park Fairgrounds in Nevada. It is free and open to youth ages 6 to 17. Lunch and equipment for hunting, shooting, and fishing activities will be provided. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/node/29143.

In the Ozarks area, discover nature at our Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona during Great Outdoors Day. Enjoy archery, fishing, info on backpacking, Dutch-oven cooking, and more. For more info, visit mdc.mo.gov/node/293.

In the St. Louis area, join MDC, Ducks Unlimited, Boy Scouts of America, St. Louis Audubon Society, National Great Rivers Resource and Education Center, Missouri Water Patrol, US Army Corps of Engineers, and the Spanish Lake Fire Protection District for A Day at the Confluence at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in Spanish Lake. Enjoy guided river-boat rides, hiking, archery and air rifle shooting, fishing and fish tastings, and more. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/node/28974.

In the Springfield area, enjoy a variety of outdoor activities at Great Outdoors Day at our Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center at the Bois D'Arc Conservation Area northwest of Springfield. The event will include shooting and archery, free fishing, camping, fly-tying, canoeing, and more. For more info, visit mdc.mo.gov/node/29116.

Thousands celebrated early last Saturday in Cape Girardeau during A Day on the River. Get background at mdc.mo.gov/node/29061.

Hundreds celebrated early last Saturday with the MU Tigers in Columbia through pregame outdoor offerings. Get background at mdc.mo.gov/node/29041.

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. For more info, go online to nhfday.org/.