DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

September 20, 2012

Check out the state's free hunting, fishing expo


Derry News

---- — CONCORD — Get set for the hunting and fishing seasons ahead at the National Hunting and Fishing Day N.H. Expo, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord.

Admission is free. Stroll through more than 70 exhibits featuring hunting and fishing-related products and services. There will be lots of hands-on activities to try.

Expo visitors will have a chance to try archery, crossbow and air rifle ranges. Check out hunting gear and accessories – from guns to decoys to scents and calls.

See pointing dog and retriever demonstrations, and check out the new four-wheelers. There also will be taxidermy exhibits and on-going fly-tying demonstrations. Meet the hunter who bagged the state’s record buck, John Klucky.

“This year’s Expo is bigger than ever. We have more exhibitors and more demos and hands-on activities for adults and teens who love hunting and fishing,” said Expo coordinator Mark Beauchesne of Fish and Game. “Don’t miss this fun, free event celebrating New Hampshire’s long-standing outdoor traditions.”

A big draw at the event will be a giant raffle featuring more than 50 items, including a pheasant hunt for two and a Savage Arms Axis rifle. The drawing will take place at 2 p.m.

Raffle proceeds benefit the work of the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, Fish and Game’s nonprofit partner that supports critical fish and wildlife conservation and education programs.

Food concessions will be available.

The Sporting Expo in Concord is one of two big events being hosted by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Saturday in observance of National Hunting and Fishing Day.

That same day, also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a free Open House at Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center at 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness, featuring hands-on activities and demonstrations related to the shooting sports, hunting and trapping.

Learn more about National Hunting and Fishing Day, and see lists of exhibitors and raffle prizes at wildnh.com/nhfday.