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For Release: Thursday, September 19, 2013

National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration Sept. 28-29

DEC To Host Livingston County Federation of Sportsmen Club's 42nd Annual Event

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Paul D'Amato today announced that DEC, in collaboration with the Livingston County Federation of Sportsmen Clubs, will celebrate the 42nd Annual National Hunting and Fishing Day on September 28 and 29th at the DEC Region 8 Headquarters, 6274 East Avon-Lima Rd, in Avon, Livingston County. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days, rain or shine, and will feature a host of exhibits and demonstrations.

"Hunting and fishing are an important part of New York's heritage, and this region offers a multitude of diverse and rewarding recreational opportunities," Paul D'Amato said. "This annual celebration is a great reminder for residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and gain a greater appreciation of New York's natural resources."

Popular activities featured at his year's celebration will include a fishing derby, and demonstrations on skeet shooting, trapping, taxidermy, and canoeing. People will be able to purchase hunting and fishing licenses, and there will be informational displays on fish and wildlife, the outdoors and the environment, wildlife artists, food vendors and sportsmen and outdoor recreation flea market dealers. Representatives from the Livingston Sheriff's Department and New York State Environmental Conservation Officers will be available to answer questions.

Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative is committed to providing outdoor enthusiasts with an abundance of recreational opportunities to enjoy throughout the year The initiative is an effort to improve recreational activities for in-state and out-of-state sportsmen and sportswomen and to boost tourism opportunities throughout the state. To further encourage fishing in New York State, Governor Cuomo signed legislation last year expanding the opportunity for free fishing clinics, allowing more New Yorkers to experience fishing for the first. The Free Fishing Days program began in 1991 to give all people an opportunity to sample the incredible fishing New York State has to offer.

National Hunting and Fishing Day was launched in 1972 as an official day to recognize the vital role that hunters and anglers play on wildlife conservation. For more information, contact the Livingston County Federation of Sportsmen's representative, Paul Griffith at (585) 382-3681. More information about National Hunting and Fishing Day events throughout the state as well as the history of the day can be found at National Hunting and Fishing Day Website listed in the right column.

What: National Hunting and Fishing Day
Where: DEC Region 8 headquarters, 6274 E Avon-Lima Rd, Avon, NY; free parking and shuttle service available from the plaza in East Avon on NYS Routes 5&20
Directions to the plaza: From Rte. 390, take exit 10, go west for about 1 mile on Rtes 5&20, plaza is on the left.
Directions to the event: From Rte. 390, take exit 10, go east on Rtes 5&20 for about 2.5 miles, the DEC office is on the right.
When: Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29, 2013
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Who: Livingston County Federation of Sportsmen, with support from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Details: Enjoy a day of exhibits and demonstrations.
Cost: Free
Contact: Call Paul Griffith at (585) 382-3681 or the DEC office at (585) 226-2466.