Annual Fish and Game event offers opportunity to explore outoor resources

April 01. 2018 7:47PM
Discover WILD New Hampshire Day will be Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Fish and Game Department at 11 Hazen Drive in Concord. The event is free. (FISH AND GAME)

CONCORD — Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, New Hampshire Fish and Game’s biggest community event of the year, is set for Saturday, April 21.

The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Fish and Game Department at 11 Hazen Drive in Concord.

“Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is a fun way for the whole family to explore New Hampshire’s wildlife resources and outdoor traditions,” Fish and Game said in a news release. “See live animals, big fish, trained falcons, and retriever dogs in action.”

More than 60 outdoor and conservation organizations from around the state will be on hand with exhibits and demonstrations. The latest hunting and fishing gear can be found in the Expo tent. Kids can participate in arts and crafts and hands-on activities such as archery, casting, fly-tying, and air rifle.

“This event is your chance to explore new ways to get outdoors and be active,” the news release states.

Activities include:

• Tie a fly with members of Trout Unlimited;

• Explore new trends in recycling and environmental protection with the NH Department of Environmental Services;

• Enjoy live animal presentations throughout the day;

•Test your casting skills at the Bass Pro Shops boat;

• Admire the big trout in the Fish and Game stocking truck, and see how many warmwater fish you can identify in the demo tank.

There will also be a raffle of outdoor gear and other prizes, plus a sale of used hunting and fishing gear, at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire tent; all proceeds benefit the Foundation, NH Fish and Game’s nonprofit partner.

Demonstrations of Conservation Officer K-9 teams will be conducted on the half-hour, starting at 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. At 10:30 a.m., noon, and 1:30 p.m., New Hampshire Audubon will be on hand with live owls. There will also be live animal demonstrations at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is held rain or shine. Fishing and hunting licenses will be sold. Food concessions will be available all day.

Fish and Game said that no dogs, except service and working animals, will be permitted at the event.

“This rule will be strictly enforced,” the news release states. “Please leave your pets at home.”

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day began in New Hampshire in 1989 as an observance of Earth Day and a celebration of the state’s natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities.


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