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#06-289 October 23, 2006  

Outdoor Family Adventure event draws large turnout to hatchery

More than 2,400 participants came out to the Cohen Campbell Fish Hatchery in West Columbia to enjoy the Outdoor Family Adventure in Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day.

The hands-on event, held Saturday, Sept. 30, featured activities such as shotgun shooting, fishing, archery and kayaking, and showcased educational presentations such as the care and preparation of fish, and native South Carolina wildlife.

“This year’s event to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day was such a personally fulfilling one,” said Angela Viney, director of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, “to see so many families and young people in the outdoors, enjoying our wonderful natural world and getting an introduction to hunting, fishing, archery, birdwatching, the conservation community and so much more. I actually went up to a family that was having a picnic on the grounds and told them about my visit to the West Virginia National Hunting and Fishing Day in 1999, which caused me to come back to South Carolina and visit the S.C. Department of Natural Resources with the idea of a similar partnership event here.”

Nearly 38 million Americans regularly hunt and/or fish. The annual contribution of these activities to the economy is more that $70 billion yearly. National Hunting and Fishing Day is an annual event sponsored by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the South Carolina Wildlife Federation designed to encourage outdoor activities.            
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