By Proclamation Events Statewide in Observance of Hunting, Fishing Day

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Missourians will celebrate Hunting and Fishing Day this month with tours of fish hatcheries, fishing clinics, exhibits at retail stores and colleges, wildlife days at schools, pistol, turkey, trap and archery shoots and dozens of other events.

September also is Water Quality Month in Missouri, and events for that observance are scheduled throughout the state, also.

Gov. Mel Carnahan proclaimed Missouri's Hunting and Fishing Day observance to coincide with the national event Sept. 28. Noting hunters' and anglers' long history of conservation leadership in Missouri, Carnahan said, "Such men and women continue in advocacy roles today and contribute millions of dollars in order to study, restore, maintain and enhance Missouri's many forest, fish and wildlife species." St. Louis area residents can choose from a variety of activities this Saturday at the Post-Dispatch Hunter Education Day at Forest 44 Conservation Area and Hunting and Fishing Day at August A. Busch Memorial CA near St. Charles. Call (314) 441-4554 for more information. In the Springfield area, try the Andy Dalton Shooting Range at Bois D'Arc CA from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sept. 28. Primitive and modern archery equipment, demonstrations of modern rifle, pistol and shotgun shooting and historic black-powder rifles are offered. sfir Call (417) 742-4361. The MDC Conservation Service Center at St. Joseph will sponsor an open house Sunday Swith opportunities for kids to shoot bows and arrows and air guns and learn how to fish. Nationally renowned wildlife imitator Ralph Duren will be on hand to demonstrate his animal calls, and visitors will be able to improve their knowledge with tree and leaf identification exercises, a trail hike and a fish tank filled with river fish native to Missouri. Call (816) 271-3100. Columbia area residents can watch the Cedar Creek Outdoor Team Challenge at Cedar Creek Rod and Gun Club and try their hands at some of the archery, fishing, pistol, rifle and shotgun events. For entry forms or information, call (573) 474-5804 or 474-8609. In the Kirksville area, waterfowl hunting clinics conducted by the Department of Conservation will be open to spectators. Call (816) 785-2420. Clarksville will be the scene of the second annual Big River Days Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The event at Riverfront Park in Clarksville will feature free river cruises, a 5,000-gallon aquarium with river fish, an Indian encampment, a historic military re-enactment, a live otter show, kids activities, story telling, crafts, traditional foods and tours of the lock and dam. Sponsors of the event include the Missouri Department of Conservation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Illinois Department of Conservation, the Riverlands Association and the City of Clarksville. Call (573) 242-3724 or (314) 355-6585. …