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NC Wildlife Commission marks National Hunting and Fishing Day with free, family-friendly local events

Posted September 19

National Hunting and Fishing Day is this weekend and, to mark the occasion, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is involved in several family-friendly outdoor skills events on Saturday.

The programs offer activities and exhibits that highlight the state's hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation heritage, according to the press release. The three in and around the Triangle are free. Here's where you can find them:

Wildlife Expo at John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville: The free event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. Activities include air rifle shooting, fishing, kayaking, a live animal display, fishing lure making and more. Participants can pre-register online or show up the day of event. For more information, contact Thomas Carpenter, center director, at 910-868-5003.

Durham County Wildlife Club event, 3616 Hopson Rd., Morrisville. This free event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday. Activities include air rifle shooting, archery, boating safety, fishing, game recovery, tree stand safety, turkey calls/hunting tips and hunting dogs. No pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Kris Smith at 919-707-0206.

16th annual Jakes Day at Rose Hill Farms in Nashville. The Tar River Chapter of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation is hosting the free event, which starts at 9 a.m., Saturday. Activities include an air rifle range, Labrador retriever demonstrations, rock climbing wall, zip line, a rope bridge, reptile display, shark tooth dig and more.

The commission's website has more information about these events and others across the state on Saturday.

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