HOLDERNESS, N.H. -- Enjoy a day of family fun with hands-on activities related to the shooting sports, hunting and trapping at an Open House at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness on Saturday, June 1, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. The center is located at 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness, N.H.
Open House visitors will have a chance to hone their shotgun skills with Ruger pro staff - and try their new guns. LHR Sporting Arms pro staff will be on hand and visitors will have an opportunity to give their new Redemption Muzzleloader a try!
Other hands-on activities include a BB gun range and a video-based interactive shooting simulator. Youth and adults can try out the archery range, or bring your own equipment to try out the center's 3-D woodland archery course.
Demos during the day will include a tree stand safety seminar, hunting dogs will do retrieving and pointing demonstrations, and the New Hampshire Trappers Association will demonstrate trapping techniques. You can also test your hunting knowledge on the Hunter Education Field Exam Trail, get basic map and compass instruction, and learn about safe firearms handling.
To top off the fun, enjoy a free raffle for a Ruger firearm, certificates for 50% off your choice of a new Savage firearm, 50% off a new LHR redemption muzzleloader, and gift certificates to local sporting goods stores. Also enjoy delicious free ice cream donated by Granite State Dairy Promotion.
Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is located on 500 forested acres in Holderness. Facilities include an office/classroom building, a four-target practice archery area, a 25-yard covered firing range for small-bore and muzzleloader training, a shotgun training area, a hunter skills trail, an orienteering course and a 14-target wooded field archery course. While you're checking out the trails, stop by the recreated old-time trapper's cabin. Be sure to stroll through the classroom building, which features historical exhibits exploring the principles of hunter education.
Workshops, group programs and special events at Owl Brook help people start the lifelong journey of becoming safe and responsible hunters and trappers. The center offers classes and group activities for youth and adults related to the shooting sports, hunter education and orienteering. Activities and facilities at Owl Brook are made possible by the federal Wildlife Restoration Program and private donations. Learn more at huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm
Directions to Owl Brook: Take I-93 to Exit 24 (Ashland). Turn right onto Route 3/Route 25. In Ashland, bear left at the Y, continuing south on 3/25. Turn left onto Route 175 and go 1.7 miles. Turn right onto Hardhack Road. Go about 75 yards and take a right onto Perch Pond Road. Go 1.8 miles; the entrance to the center is on the left.
Taken from the NH Fish and Game Website