Fresh air, fun, fishing and wildlife, all can be enjoyed as the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) host Family Outdoors Day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee’s Summit. This free event will have exhibits and stations where experts will provide tips about fishing, trap shooting, archery and other outdoor skills. All equipment is provided. Helping families enjoy the outdoors is MDC’s and DU’s way of celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day.
Family Outdoors Day welcomes those experienced with rod or gun and those who would like to learn more about angling and shooting sports. Exhibits and teaching stations will be set up throughout the Reed Wildlife Area at 12405 S.E. Ranson Road. Also serving as a co-sponsors are Nathan’s Catch, a non-profit effort providing fishing rods and reels for youths, and the J.E. Fehsenfeld Family Foundation in memory of Jan M. Dillow.
Fishing gear and instructors will be available at a Reed Area lake. MDC staffers and volunteers can provide hands-on instructions on how to cast bait or a lure with a rod and reel. Loaner gear and bait will be provided for fishing. MDC experts can also answer questions about fish populations in the region’s lakes and streams.
MDC and partners will host the free Family Outdoors Day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee’s Summit. The event celebrates nature and conservation, and it’s a chance for newcomers to learn about fishing, shooting, and wildlife.
DU volunteers will offer free Greenwing Memberships to youngsters and teach them how to use a duck call. Families can explore the duck wing maze and learn about how wetlands and uplands benefit waterfowl and people.
Visitors can shoot trap with shotguns, target shoot with air rifles or try out target archery. Each shooting site will have MDC staff and volunteers to give instructions on safety and proper shooting techniques. All equipment, firearms and ammunition will be provided for free. Visitors can also try tossing the atlatl dart, the primitive hunting tool that pre-dated the bow and arrow. Displays of real animal furs and skill tests such as wildlife identification will also be offered.
MDC’s Reed Area has a tradition of connecting people with nature dating to the 1950s. National Hunting and Fishing Day began in 1972. The event is dedicated to promoting conservation and the outdoor sports.
For more information call 816-622-0900. To learn about Missouri’s great fishing and hunting opportunities statewide go to http://www.mdc.mo.gov.
Information for this post provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation [Website]
Photos by Bill Graham, Missouri Department of Conservation