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Junior Hunter Field Day Event to be Held October 1 in Garrett County

Swanton, Md. (August 5, 2011) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is partnering with local conservation groups to present a fall Junior Hunter Field Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 1 at the Western MD 4-H Center in Bittinger, Md. This is an opportunity for young people interested in wildlife activities to enjoy the great outdoors and learn how manage and protect our natural resources.

“Under the guidance of wildlife professionals, this event will provide a safe, fun and hands-on opportunity for young people to learn about shooting sports, hunting and the important role hunters play in the conservation and stewardship of Maryland’s wildlife,” said Clarissa Harris, DNR’s Regional Wildlife Response Manager and event coordinator.

Youth with an interest in hunting white-tailed deer, trapping, archery and shooting clay birds will have an opportunity to learn and interact with DNR personnel and local conservationists in a safe, mentored setting. Professionals from DNR will join representatives of sporting and conservation organizations to provide expertise in natural resources stewardship, wildlife biology, safety and ethical conduct in the field. All equipment will be provided. Certified instructors will oversee all shooting activities. A free lunch will be provided by Evergreen Electrical Company in Grantsville.

This event is open to participants ages 8-16 and pre-registration, limited to the first 100 applicants, is required. For more information or to sign-up, call 301-777-2136 or visit

   August 5, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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