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Fish & Game fete of all things wild in NH set for April 21

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K-9 demonstrations will be part of the mix at 'Discover WILD NH Day' (NHF&G photo)

CONCORD - Discover Wild New Hampshire Day, the Fish and Game Department's biggest community event of the year, is set for April 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Fish and Game Department at 11 Hazen Drive in Concord. Admission is free.

Discover Wild New Hampshire Day is a fun way for the whole family to explore New Hampshire's wildlife resources and outdoor traditions. Folks can see live animals, big fish, trained falcons, and retriever dogs in action. More than 60 outdoor and conservation organizations from around the state will be on hand with exhibits and demonstrations as well as the latest hunting and fishing gear. Children can dabble in arts and crafts, hands-on activities such as archery, casting, fly-tying, and air rifle.

There will also be fly-tying demonstrations with Trout Unlimited volunteers and live animal presentations throughout the day.

Raffles for outdoor gear and other great prizes, plus a sale of used hunting and fishing gear, will also be featured at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire tent; all proceeds benefit the Foundation, NH Fish and Game's nonprofit partner.

Demonstrations of Conservation Officer K-9 teams will be conducted on the half-hour, starting at 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. At 10:30 a.m., noon, and 1:30 p.m., New Hampshire Audubon will be on hand with live owls. There will also be live animal demonstrations at 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

Discover Wild New Hampshire Day is held rain or shine. Fishing and hunting licenses will be sold. Food concessions will be available all day.

Please note that no dogs, except service and working animals, will be permitted at the event. This rule will be strictly enforced. Please leave your pets at home.

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day began in New Hampshire in 1989 as an observance of Earth Day and a celebration of the state's wealth of natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities. The event is hosted by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (www.wildnh.com) and sponsored by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire (nhwildlifeheritage.org), and media sponsor Binnie Media/NH1 News.

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