RALEIGH, North Carolina – National Game and Fish Day in North Carolina is Saturday, September 24. This is an annual celebration that promotes outdoor recreation and conservation. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the state agency responsible for conserving and maintaining the state’s fish and wildlife resources, will host two family events on Saturday highlighting the extraordinary hunting and fishing heritage of fishing in the region. The John Lentz Hunter Education Complex will host the official National Fish and Game Day event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center will host a wildlife exhibit from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. .
The Lentz Centre, located at 1017 Millstone Road in Ellerbe, is a newly renovated shooting sports complex that will host a range of outdoor activities for all ages on National Game and Fish Day. This will be the first time the Lentz Center has hosted the event and is the perfect location due to its expansive property and versatility.
Attendees can freely roam the campus to explore interactive wildlife-related exhibits and demonstrations throughout the day, or participate in a program of scheduled events. Activities will include fishing, shooting ranges, archery, decoy carving, turkey calling, hunting and hunter safety demonstrations, skin and skull demonstrations, quizzes -responses with wildlife officers and cooking demonstrations. Registration is not required for this event.
The Wildlife Expo at the Pechmann Center, located at 7489 Raeford Road in Fayetteville, will feature approximately 20 hands-on activities and demonstrations, including fishing, fly tying, lure making, kayaking, aquatic insect education, shooting archery, boating safety, duck and goose calls, hunter education and safety, reptile handling, retriever demonstrations and displays of working field devices. Advance registration is required due to the limited number of places.
More information on both events is available on the Wildlife Commission website.
National Game and Fish Day, formalized by Congress in 1971, was created by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to celebrate the conservation successes of hunters and anglers. Hunting, fishing, and related activities directly support more than 123,600 wildlife-related jobs in North Carolina according to the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2021.