Youth in the Out of Doors returns

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Above, young angler Dasia Dubord tests the waters at the Bay de Noc Great Lakes Sports Fisherman's Fish Pond at Escanaba's Rock the Dock event, held at the municipal dock.

ESCANABA — Kids and adults who want to learn more about the outdoors will have the opportunity to do so during the The Great Lakes Sports and Recreation Club’s National Hunting and Fishing Day: Youth in the Out of Doors event Saturday The club is located at 5211 19th Ave. N. in Escanaba.

The event will begin with registration from 8 to 9 a.m. Youth ages 6-18 must register and be accompanied by an adult to attend.

According to Russ Nelson, chairman of the event, there is no admission cost and a free lunch of hot dogs, chips, and pop will also be served.

While there, Nelson said youth and parents can enjoy a fishing pond, archery, .22 rifle shooting, shotgun shooting, a trapping display, an ORV program and much more. Prizes will also be offered at the event including kayaks, bicycles, BB guns, fishing poles and more.

“We’ve got all kinds of prizes,” said Nelson. “Every kid goes home with a prize.”

Over the years, Nelson said the day of outdoor activities has been well attended, drawing in close to 300 kids each time.

The day is also celebrated nationally, said Nelson. In 1972, President Richard Nixon declared the fourth Saturday of the month of September to be National Hunting and Fishing Day. The Great Lakes Sports and Recreation club used to hold two separate events — one for the national day and one for Youth in the Out of Doors — but to make it easier for volunteers and attendees, the club decided to combine the events into one day, said Nelson.

One of the most popular attractions at the event is fishing, noted Nelson, adding the rifle shooting comes in at a close second.

“The fish pond seems to be the biggest attraction,” said Nelson.

In the trapping display, Nelson explained that kids and adults will be able to view various types of traps along with some of the furs of animals. The Sportsmen’s Off-Road Vehicle Association (SORVA) will also be on hand showing kids the ins and outs of ATV riding, said Nelson.

The Department of Natural Resources will also be on site, providing information and answering any questions that kids or parents may have regarding hunting, fishing, or other outdoor activities.

The day’s activities wrap up around 1 p.m., said Nelson.

“We’ll have a good time,” said Nelson, adding this day is the perfect opportunity for kids to spend family time with their parents.

The hunting and fishing day is being hosted by Bay de Noc Great Lakes Sports Fishermen, Great Lakes Sports and Recreation Club, U.P. Whitetails Association, New Page Sportsmen Club, Michigan Trappers District 3, Bay de Noc Gobblers, Wildlife Unlimited and Sportsmen’s Off-Road Vehicle Association (SORVA).