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June 4, 2009

600 participate in 4th annual Goose Creek fishing event

The 2009 Goose Creek youth fishing event took place Saturday, May 16th with over 600 area residents participating in the activities.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) along with the city of Goose Creek hosted the event at the Goose Creek Marguerite H. Brown Municipal Complex.  Youth anglers were provided with bait, tackle and fish stringer that helped them catch species including channel catfish and bluegill at the pond behind the municipal complex.

The Goose Creek fishing event is one in a series of youth fishing events that the DNR hosts statewide to promote hunting and fishing to area youth.  These types of events provide an opportunity to teach the basics of outdoor recreation, including fishing, archery and hunting to area youth.  Nurturing these skills and values will help motivate the next generation to find ways to protect and conserve our natural resources.

Goose Creek Mayor Michael J. Heitzler said, “Each year the children in Goose Creek look forward to the Youth Fishing Event.  We’re grateful to the Department of Natural Resources for putting on this wholesome, educational and family-oriented event.”

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Educational exhibits onsite supporting the youth fishing day included SC Reel Kids, DNR’s Take One Make One mentoring program and hunting simulator, Archery in the Schools program, as well as a pelts and skulls display.  In addition, on-site demonstrations were provided that taught kids the basics: rigging hooks and sinkers and cleaning fish.

Gift packets and fishing lures were awarded to all of the participating youth anglers.  A limited supply of rod and reel combinations was also distributed.  Through a random drawing, lucky six-year-old Virgil Brooks of Summerville received a lifetime fishing license valued at $300.

DNR is appreciative of the funding and support from the Berkeley County Legislative Delegation for the 2009 Goose Creek Youth Fishing Event.  Other sponsors included:  Bass Pro Shop, Santee Bait Distributors, City of Goose Creek, FLW Outdoors, SC Reel Kids, SC Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers Association, the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, and White Hall Farms.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.

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