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August 20, 2009

DNR partners with Harry Hampton Hunting and Fishing Expo

The public can learn first-hand about South Carolina’s matchless natural resources and why the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says "Life’s Better Outdoors!" on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Harry Hampton Hunting and Fishing Expo at the Spartanburg Expo Center in Spartanburg. Exhibits, displays, hands-on activities and seminars will showcase DNR’s efforts to protect, conserve and manage the state’s woods, fresh and salt waters and marine resources.

The Expo will be held August 21-23 at the Spartanburg Expo Center, 6655 Pottery Road, Spartanburg (Interstate 26, Exit 17). The Hunting & Fishing Expo will be open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the Expo is $6, and parking is free.  Kids 7-12 get in for $4; children under 7 are admitted free. 
    
DNR will feature demonstrations, live animals and more. Visitors will learn about hunting, freshwater and saltwater fisheries and a host of related subjects. Highlighting DNR’s exhibits will be their popular Take One Make One (TOMO) Mobile Education Trailer. TOMO specifically targets youth and young adults who have not experienced a previous shooting or hunting activity. The TOMO mobile education trailer features indoor BB shooting ranges, virtual reality shooting and more. DNR’s boating mascot, Zip It! will also be on hand promoting safety on the water and reminding everyone to wear a PDF (personal flotation device).
    
The agency will also have a virtual fishing simulator set up for the thrill of catching not only freshwater species, but offshore big game as well. DNR’s Marine Resources Division will have marine species on hand for those who want the supervised experience of touching a marine animal.

The agency will offer free TEAM DNR stickers to all who attend.

The Harry Hampton Hunting & Fishing Expo is sponsored by the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund Inc. The Hampton Fund is a private, non-profit corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors from across South Carolina which partners with DNR to benefit conservation of wildlife, marine and other natural resources in South Carolina. Funds are obtained solely through private donations, special promotional projects and fund-raising events. The Hampton Fund uses proceeds to fund natural resources conservation projects in South Carolina. Examples include programs such as Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs; Operation Game Thief; Project WILD, Camp Wildwood and becoming An Outdoors Woman.

South Carolina's natural resources are essential for economic development and contribute nearly $30 billion and 230,000 jobs to the state's economy. Find out why Life's Better Outdoors.


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