Marie McAden



Learn outdoor skills at National Hunting and Fishing Day

Posted 9/16/2012 5:21:00 PM

 It’s official: archery is the hot new outdoor sport, thanks to “The Hunger Games” and the Olympics.

Want to give this prehistoric game a shot? Get out to the Sixth Annual Upstate National Hunting and Fishing Day being held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at Duke’s World of Energy near Seneca. Along with archery instruction, this free outdoor festival will include all kinds of hands-on activities for kids and adults.

Experts will be on hand to teach participants how to shoot with a bow and arrow, fire an air rifle and kayak and canoe. The activities roster also includes fishing, nature hikes, fly tying and casting demonstrations, boating and campsite safety instruction, hunting laser tag and camo games, a huntsmen’s version of hide and seek in the woods.

Add to that a butterfly garden, wildlife critter display, retriever demonstrations and more than two dozen conservation agencies on hand to answer questions and you have a regular outdoor extravaganza.

A free shuttle service will be provided to transport guests from the parking area off S.C. 130 to the festival grounds. Vendors will be selling food, but you’re welcome to bring your own picnic lunch.

Duke World of Energy is located at 7812 Rochester Highway next to the Oconee nuclear plant. But don’t follow the directions on your GPS or the Internet. Call (800) 777-1004 for directions or visit www.duke-energy.com/worldofenergy.