West Virginia’s National Hunting and Fishing Days were held over the weekend, with hundreds of people taking part in the two-day event. The even is co-presented by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the WV Wildlife Federation.
The Outdoor Youth Challenge offered several events for children to participate in, including touch a snake, archery, and hoverball. Cards were signed by DNR officers at each station, which were then turned in to be entered in a drawing.
Archer expert Byron Ferguson returned this year, demonstrating archery techniques for the crowd. Also on hand this year was Neal James from Animal Planet’s “Call of the Wildman”. James autographed shirts and other items for fans.
Spectators were treated to a Raptors Up Close demonstration. Birds of prey were on display, such as the Barred Owl, the Barn Owl, the Screech Owl, and Red Hawks. Licensed Master Falconer Jason Caldwell showed crowds how quickly a bird of prey can catch their food, using a fake rabbit.
Fishes of West Virginia display was set up, and children got a chance to catch fish using a small net out of a kiddie pool. There was also public youth fishing opportunity on Saturday and Sunday.
Other events included tree dog demonstrations, squirrel dog demonstrations, fly fishing, fish identification, snake identification, wildlife jeopardy, and taxidermy seminars.