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Sept. 26 events celebrate contributions of hunters and anglers to conservation

From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

-- The 38th Annual National Hunting and Fishing Day— designated by Congressional decree and Presidential Proclamation — will be held Sept. 26. The event is a nationwide celebration of hunters and anglers and their contributions to conservation.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) Operations Office will host a NHFD event 2 miles east and 1 mile south of Pratt from 8 a.m. through 1 p.m. The event includes a kids' fishing derby, boater education information, archery and pellet gun shooting, Nature Center tours, K-9 law enforcement dog demonstrations, falconry demonstrations, and The Great Race relay, as well as various prizes, displays, and awards. The Great Race relay is a seven-leg relay that includes a wheelbarrow race, archery, casting, mud run, catch-and-release fishing, biking, canoeing, and running.

National Hunting and Fishing Day was established in 1972 under President Nixon, when Congress dedicated the fourth Saturday of each September to recognize the efforts of generations of hunters and anglers who support wildlife conservation and habitat improvements with billions of dollars collected through fees on hunting and fishing licenses and permits, excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment, as well as donations. Many species such as white-tailed deer, turkey, pronghorn, and elk were brought back from near extinction through management programs funded by sportsmen.

For more information, including a detailed history of National Hunting and Fishing Day, as well as a feature article on Bryan, go online to www.nhfday.org.

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