Hunting and Fishing Day Supports Hawai'i's Food Bank
The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) invites the public to take part in the 39th national and Hawai'i's 20th annual Hunting and Fishing Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday, September 18 and 19, at the Koko Head public shooting range in East O'ahu.This annual event provides opportunities for people to help their neighbors while experiencing safety education and hands-on activities that highlight the shooting sports and recreational hunting and fishing.Participants are encouraged to bring a canned good or make a donation to support the Hawai'i Food Bank. For every can of food or $1 donated, an activity coupon is provided that is good for the various firearms, archery or fish casting activities."We salute the commitment of Hawai'i's sportsmen and women, who recognize the increasing need for food donations in these challenging times. They care about not only our precious natural resources but also about hunger and its effect on families," said Laura H. Thielen, DLNR chairperson.Last year, the Hunting and Fishing Day raised more than 1,400 pounds of food contributions and $2,600 in monetary donations for the Hawai'i Food Bank.New activities this year include: "Sling Wing," in which participants attempt to hit a moving aerial target with an arrow; and door prizes donated by the Hunter Education Program.Children 8 and under (and adults) can participate in archery with lightweight compound bows provided by the National Archery in the Schools Program; and fly, spin and surf casting, courtesy of the Hawaii Freshwater Fishing Association and Kaka'ako Kasting Club. Participants who complete every "hands-on" activity will receive a certificate of recognition.Educational displays will be presented by members of: the Safari Club International - Hawai'i Chapter, the Hawai'i Historic Arms Association, Hawai'i Friends of the National Rifle Association, Wahiawa Middle School, Hawai'i Freshwater Fishing Association, Kaka'ako Kasting Club, O'ahu Pig Hunters Association, Pacific Islands Fisheries Group, Watson T. Yoshimoto Foundation, and the DLNR Divisions of Aquatic Resources, Forestry and Wildlife, Conservation and Resources Enforcement and Boating and Ocean Recreation.Hunting and Fishing Day is supported by in-kind contributions from local organizations and by federal grants from license fees and special taxes on purchases on firearms, ammunition, archery gear, fishing equipment and boating fuel.Koko Head shooting range is located off Kalaniana'ole Highway, from Hawai'i Kai going towards Waimanalo, take the first left driveway past Hanauma Bay.For more information about Hunting and Fishing Day, call the DLNR Hunter Education Program at 587-0200.