Event celebrates hunting, fishing day

National Hunting and Fishing Day will be celebrated with a special event, Furs, Fins and Feathers, on Sept. 24 at Paynetown State Recreation Area, 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington.

The event is free, and admission to the Lake Monroe recreation area also is free that day.

Jill Vance, Monroe Lake’s interpretative naturalist and the event’s coordinator, said in a news release that Furs, Fins and Feathers is targeted at people, particularly kids, who have an interest in hunting or fishing sports but aren’t sure where to start or would like to try something different.

Event partners will present a slate of demonstrations and presentations throughout the afternoon in addition to showcasing their sport or skill in the expo area.

The expo runs from 1 to 4 p.m., and there are eight 20-minute demonstrations scheduled between noon and 4 p.m.

“The falconry and hunting dog demos were particularly popular last year,” Vance said. “Both of those groups are back this year, and we’re excited to have quite a few new partners join us.”

There’s also a one-hour seminar, How to Train a Hunting Dog, that is scheduled for 4 p.m. The Indiana Raptor Center will close out the event with a live birds of prey presentation at 7 p.m.

The full event schedule is available at bit.ly/fursfinsfeathers2016.

Information: jvance@dnr.IN.gov or 812-837-9967