National Hunting and Fishing Day to be Held at Middle Creek

Sep 03, 2004, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Game Commission

    HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Have you ever wanted to try
 outdoor recreational activities but never had the opportunity?  Do you have an
 interest in the outdoors, wildlife, and conservation?  If so, plan to visit
 the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area from
 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26, to help celebrate National Hunting and
 Fishing Day.
     "National Hunting and Fishing Day is designed to acknowledge and celebrate
 the contributions of hunters and anglers in the conservation of Pennsylvania's
 diverse wildlife resources," said Jim Binder, Middle Creek Wildlife Management
 Area supervisor.  "It also is an opportunity for people with no previous
 experience to learn about the values and enjoyment of outdoor pursuits."
     Binder said planned events include hands-on activities for people of all
 ages, such as: educational programs and exhibits throughout the day; a fishing
 area; and opportunities for adults and children to shoot a BB gun and bow and
 arrow, cast a fly fishing rod or learn how to call in wild turkeys.
     Several local outdoor groups will have food and refreshments for sale, as
 well as a free taste of "Pennsylvania surf and turf" (panfish and venison).
     "Educational programs will showcase outdoor recreational opportunities in
 southcentral and southeastern Pennsylvania," said Adam Hostetler, event
 chairman.  "There will be a live Pennsylvania birds of prey display including
 a great-horned owl, red-tailed hawk, barred owl and turkey vulture, as well as
 a live reptile and amphibian display.  There also will be a demonstration of
 birddogs in action."
     National Hunting and Fishing Day is open to the public free of charge and
 will be held rain or shine.  The Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area is on
 Hopeland Road on the Lancaster/Lebanon county line, two miles south of
 Kleinfeltersville, Lebanon County.  For more information, contact the
 management area at (717) 733-1512.
     Following is a schedule of programs offered inside the Visitor Center and
 other activities.
     Programs: "Pennsylvania Birds of Prey" by the Red Creek Wildlife Center;
 "An Introduction to the Wildlife at Middle Creek" by Bert Myers; "Introduction
 to Kayaks" by Sean Christian; Lancaster County Bassmaster's Kids Casting
     Other Activities (* denotes hands-on activities): exhibits/displays from
 local sportsmen organizations; birddog demonstrations; archery shoots*;
 muzzleloading rifles*; BB gun shoots*; fly rod casting instruction*;
 introduction to turkey calling*; fishing* (under 16 years of age); fly-tying
 instructions; trapping demonstrations; and wild game cooking instructions.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Game Commission