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Sep 23, 2013 2:45 PM by katc

Army Corps Co-Sponsors 33rd Annual Wildlife and Forestry Festival

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host the 33rd annual Wildlife and Forestry Festival to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on 28 September 2013. One of the largest outdoor events in northwest Louisiana, the festival will be held at Tom Merrill Recreation Area at the Bayou Bodcau Dam and Reservoir from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The festival is free to the public.

The festival is a day of family-friendly fun and educational hands-on activities. Activities at the event will include live music, wild game tasting, skeet and muzzleloader shooting, archery, a B-B shoot, canoeing, guided nature hike, youth fishing, arts and crafts, bee keeping and many other hands-on demonstrations and activities.

On 2 May 1972, President Richard M. Nixon signed the first proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day urging all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources. NHFD became a tradition and is now a national annual event celebrated the fourth Saturday in September.

Bayou Bodcau is located about 2.5 miles northeast of Bellevue, Louisiana. For more information, contact Louisiana Field Office natural resources specialist Suzanne Odom at 318-422-5156.

The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana. The Louisiana Field Office recreational areas provide day-use activities and camping at the Ouachita-Black River, Red River, Bayou Bodcau, Caddo Lake and Wallace Lake. These three river systems and two lakes have an annual attendance totaling over 1.2 million supporting approximately 200 jobs and adding approximately $13 million into the local economy.



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