NH: National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration

Family-Friendly Open House at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center
in Holderness on September 24, 2011

HOLDERNESS, N.H. — Enjoy a fun day with hands-on activities
related to the shooting sports, hunting and trapping at a public
Open House on Saturday, September 24, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Owl Brook Hunter
Education Center at 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness, N.H.
Admission is free. The event is part of Fish and Game’s celebration
of National Hunting and Fishing Day.

Special activities during the event include a chance to try Owl
Brook’s practice archery range, a 3-D woodland archery course and a
video-based interactive shooting simulator. Try your luck breaking
clay targets at the shotgun range, using shotguns provided by Sturm
Ruger, and test your marksmanship on the Center’s environmentally
friendly rifle range with Thompson/ Center Arms firearms. See how
solid your safety knowledge is by trying a tree stand safety
activity. New Hampshire Trappers Association members will
demonstrate trapping techniques and bring the Center’s re-created
trapper’s cabin to life.

Visitors to the Open House can enter a FREE raffle for quality
firearms donated by Thompson/ Center Arms and Sturm Ruger; other
prizes include a half-off coupon for a firearm from Savage Arms and
gift certificates from Dick’s Sporting Goods. Also — cool off with
free ice cream donated by Granite State Dairy Promotion.

The Open House is a great chance to tour the grounds at Owl
Brook Hunter Education Center, located on 500 forested acres of
land in Holderness. Facilities include an office/classroom
building, a four-target practice archery area, a 25-yard covered
firing range for small-bore and muzzleloader training, a shotgun
training area, hunter skills trail, an orienteering course and a
14-target wooded field archery course. While you’re there, be sure
to stop into the classroom building and browse exhibits exploring
the principles of hunter education. Did you know New Hampshire’s
Hunter Education program was one of the first in the nation to be
offered in schools?

Workshops, group programs and special events are hosted at Owl
Brook to help individuals and families start the lifelong journey
of becoming safe and responsible hunters and trappers. Owl Brook
was made possible by federal Wildlife Restoration Act funds, as
well as private donations. Learn more at
http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm. Directions:
Take I-93 to Exit 24 (Ashland). Turn right onto Route 3/Route 25.
In Ashland, bear left at the Y, continuing south on 3/25. Turn left
onto Route 175 and go 1.7 miles. Turn right onto Hardhack Road. Go
about 75 yards and take a right onto Perch Pond Road. Go 1.8 miles;
the entrance to the center is on the left.

The Open House at Owl Brook is one of the two big events being
hosted by N.H. Fish and Game on September 24 in observance of
National Hunting and Fishing Day. There will also be a free
Sporting Expo, featuring more than 80 exhibitors, from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. at Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord. For
more information, visit http://www.wildnh.com/nhfday.


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