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Provincial Hunting Day Marked on Saturday

September 22, 2011 7:01 AM | Entertainment

The Manitoba Wildlife Federation (MWF) will mark the third annual Provincial Hunting Day on Saturday at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre.

Family-friendly activities have been planned, including an archery and air rifle range, retriever dog demonstrations, traditional Métis music and educational components to teach about wildlife identification and management.

The first 500 people who arrive will receive a complimentary lunch.

“Hunting is part of our history and natural heritage and Provincial Hunting Day helps remind us to promote this rich tradition,” said MWF president Reid Woods. “Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts are at the forefront of wildlife management.The biggest supporters of habitat conservation programs are hunters and anglers.”

The province declared the fourth Saturday in September to be Provincial Hunting Day in 2009, joining Alberta to recognize the role hunting plays in wildlife management and conservation.

The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.