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Idaho Fish and Game

Sixth Annual Wildfowl Fair Slated for September 9

The sixth annual Wildfowl Fair will be held at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitors' Center on Saturday, September 9. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be served. The Wildfowl Fair targets young hunters and is designed to foster a greater appreciation of waterfowl and improve hunting and outdoor skills among fair participants. "Regardless of whether you elect to head home after lunch or take in the afternoon shotgun clinic, everyone who attends will come away from the Fair with a new appreciation of waterfowl and some additional hunting skills for their toolbox," Fish and Game wildlife educator Dan Papp noted. Presented by Ducks Unlimited, with assistance from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wildfowl Fair will be jam-packed with seminars and activities. "We've invited experts from a variety of disciplines to conduct hands-on seminars for each Fair participant," Papp commented. "Waterfowl identification, shooting skills, water safety, dog training, decoy setting and waterfowl calling are just some of the subjects to be covered during the morning session." Lunchtime will provide more learning opportunities. While munching on hotdogs, participants will get a short course in waterfowl preparation and cooking, including the opportunity to sample a variety of waterfowl dishes. The afternoon session consists of a shotgun clinic, available to the first 30 persons 12 years of age and older who pre-register for this clinic. A $10 fee will cover the cost of shells; shotgun clinic participants are requested to bring their own firearm for this portion of the fair. For more information or to register for the shotgun skills clinic, contact Papp at Fish and Game's Southwest Region office in Nampa, 465-8465.