MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries celebrated National Fishing and Hunting Day on Saturday. Families learned everything there is to know about the great outdoors at Black Bayou Lake Wildlife Refuge.
Young boy aims his bow and arrow at the target. (Source: KNOE)
Biologist supervisor Dana Norsworthy says it’s important for people in northeast Louisiana to appreciate what the state wildlife has to offer.
“We are Sportsman's Paradise, so we need to know what we have here in Louisiana," Norsworthy says.
Trainers gave families an up close and personal look at the animals that also call Louisiana home. Norsworthy says it's all about celebrating the beauty of our state.
"It's very important to be able to get kids outdoors as early as possible, get them away from their phones, the TVs, computers, and show them what you have."
She says this state has is a variety of hunting and fishing options - from lakes, to bayous, even woods. At the event, kids got to learn those skills with all of the necessary tools - bows, skeet, BB guns, etc.
The kids taking aim, but still keeping an eye on safety thanks in part to the Ouachita Fire Department. OPFD also taught kids how to stay safe in the blind or in the stand. Together, the different agencies teaching Louisiana's next set of hunters how to enjoy the Sportsman's Paradise.
Today bringing them closer to nature and family.
"Bringing families together to create a bond and to know there's things outdoors that they can share together."
National Hunting and Fishing Day has been celebrated since the 1970s. The state also held events in three other cities as well.