The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources invites people of all ages to participate in a celebration of hunting, fishing and the great outdoors at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort on Saturday, Sept. 26.
Activities and demonstrations will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern time). Admission into the center is free during this event, according to a news release from the department.
Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed Sept. 26 as National Hunting and Fishing Day in Kentucky. Congress first designated the fourth Saturday in September as National Hunting and Fishing Day in 1972.
The activities being held at the Salato Center recognize the contributions to conservation made by 713,000 Kentucky hunters and anglers, and the 35,000 jobs that hunting, fishing and outdoor activities support.
Activities at the Salato Center for this special event will include 3-D archery, archery trap shooting, air rifles, laser shot, and fishing and casting. Poles and bait will be provided to participants. A falconry presentation will also be featured, as well as a hunting retriever dog demonstration.
Groups including the Kentucky Hunter Education Association, Kentucky Outdoor Sportsmen Alliance, Quail Forever and The Central Kentucky Hunting Retriever Association will be present for this event. Concessions provided by the Western Hills High School FFA will be available during the event.
For a detailed list of activities and times, contact the center at (502) 564-7863.
The Salato Center is operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The center features animals in naturalized enclosures, conservation displays and hiking trails through a variety of habitats. A five-month-old bobcat kitten is regularly on display between 2-3 p.m.
The center is located off U.S. 60, approximately 1? miles west of the U.S. 127 intersection. Look for the bronze deer statue at the entrance of the main Kentucky Fish and Wildlife campus.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Salato is closed on Sunday, Monday and state holidays.
Except for select events, admission is $4 for adults and $2 for youth 5 to 18. Children under 5 are admitted free. The center also offers annual memberships for individuals and families.