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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2003

ILLINOIS CELEBRATES NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAYS SEPTEMBER 27-28

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. - Illinois will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Days Sept. 27-28 with major events at John A. Logan College in Carterville and at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area near Yorkville.

"National Hunting and Fishing Days provides an opportunity to showcase and celebrate our hunting and fishing heritage," said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold, an avid outdoorsman. "The support and dedication of anglers and hunters helps make fish and wildlife management programs possible. All of us who enjoy the outdoors recognize and appreciate the tremendous contributions of sportsmen and women to wildlife conservation."

The Southern Illinois National Hunting and Fishing Days celebration is the largest NHFD event in the nation. Held on the campus of John A. Logan College, activities in Carterville are scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Parking and admission are free.

The southern Illinois celebration includes a kids activity area featuring archery, shooting sports and fishing; a climbing wall; a wildlife and nature art show; seminars on fishing, game preparation and outdoor cooking; a buckskinner’s village and tomahawk throwing area; boat, RV and ATV displays and demonstrations; taxidermy displays and competition; deer head measuring (all day Saturday and on Sunday morning); hunting retriever dog demonstrations; kayak and canoe demonstrations; trap range; the Bass Tub fishing display; and, a wild game chili cookoff on Sunday.

The Northern Illinois National Hunting and Fishing Days celebration at Silver Springs SFWA features free admission and free hands-on activities for all ages from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28.

Activities at the northern Illinois celebration include canoe rides; fly casting and tying
demonstrations; kids casting competition; a historical re-enactment encampment; hunting dog demonstrations; an outdoor women seminar; instruction on canoe paddling, dog training, archery, shotgun and BB gun shooting; RV, ATV and boat displays; and, more than 60 exhibitors and vendors.

The National Hunting and Fishing Days celebrations in Illinois are made possible through sponsors and patrons, the Northern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days and Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days committees, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

For additional information, contact the IDNR Public Events office by calling 217/785-8955.

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