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."
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
additional information, contact the IDNR Public Events office by