HORICON, Wis. - Archery, birding, hunting and fishing are among the fun things to be taught by Department of Natural Resources staff and expert volunteers during the free and family-friendly August 4 Horicon Marsh Outdoor Skills Day.
Horicon Wildlife Educator Liz Herzmann says no registration is required for the August 4 event for all ages. It will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
"There will be something for everyone at this hands-on, family-friendly event," Herzmann said. "Even if you have a pretty good idea of which activities appeal to you, it can be a great learning experience for anyone with an interest in the outdoors."
Versatile dog demonstrations
Join expert dog handlers with multiple breeds and see how they are trained for obedience and hunting. Visit the Friends of the Poynette Game Farm Trailer to meet the handlers and dogs as you watch them show off their skills.
How's your aim?
The Horicon Bowmen and the DNR are proud to offer the archery camp at this year's event. People of all ages can try archery using the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) equipment. Herzmann says this is the same easy-to-use equipment schools across Wisconsin use in their physical education programs.
Birds, binoculars, and safety, too!
Members of the Wisconsin Trappers Association will have a booth with pelts, traps and information for anyone who is interested in learning more about regulated trapping. Certified Hunter Safety Instructors will be available with firearm action sets to demonstrate proper firearm use and safety. Practice your aim with laser guns as well. Climb into a harness and learn about tree stand safety.
Expert birders will be on hand to show the basics of binocular use. Then, you can put those skills to action on a bird scavenger hunt.
Cast a line
Learn the basics of proper casting so that you can catch the big one on your next fishing excursion. Try your hand at tying your own fly. Be prepared and make your own para cord survival bracelet to take along with you.
Calling all wildlife
Join experts in wildlife calls. Can you honk like a goose, quack like a duck or cluck like a hen turkey?
The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located between Horicon and Mayville on Highway 28. For a detailed list of all Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center special events, please visit the Friends of Horicon Marsh website at http://www.horiconmarsh.org.
For more information regarding Horicon Marsh education programs, contact Liz Herzmann, DNR educator, at 920-387-7893.