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National Hunting and Fishing Day event will be Sept. 22 in Marriottsville

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will take part in National Hunting and Fishing Day with a program at the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore on Sept. 22.

It marks the sixth year the DNR will be a part of the national day that was mandated by Congress in 1972, and the first year it will be held at the Marriottsville club.

According to Patricia Handy, the DNR's information and education program manager, a crowd of between 600 and 1,000 has come to the event, which was held for five years on the Eastern Shore.

Handy hopes a more central location will help draw even more people this year.

"Our event is particularly family-oriented and youth-oriented," Handy said. "Our main goal is to get the families to get involved and stay involved in the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing. We want people to get outside and enjoy themselves, and become more interested in wildlife and wildlife habitats and instill a conservation effort."

The activities will include archery, learning how to shoot shotguns and .22-caliber rifles, waterfowl calling and retrieving, and a number of fishing and other outdoor activities. There will also be some conservationists talking about their groups.

The program, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free of charge.

The club is at 11518 Marriottsville Road.

don.markus@baltsun.com

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