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
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)
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
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. …