The North Missouri Sportsman's Alliance will be hosting its 3rd annual Outdoor Fun Day this Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Livingston County Fairgrounds.
The North Missouri Sportsman's Alliance will be hosting its 3rd annual Outdoor Fun Day this Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Livingston County Fairgrounds. "The Fun Day will feature a variety of seminars on the outdoors, as well many activities that will be ongoing throughout the day," said Steve Shoot, President of the NMSA. The seminars this year include goose calling, trapping, handgun safety, turkey tactics, chronic wasting disease (CWD) and a special appearance by "The Gator Guy." “The Gator Guy will be bringing several American alligators to the fairgrounds and his presentation will be very entertaining," said Shoot. "The seminars are designed for all age groups, so we hope to get parents and grandparents out to the Fun Day along with their children and grandchildren." Activities that will be ongoing throughout the day include a 3D archery range for youngsters and a shooting range for pellet guns. The archery range and pellet range will be operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The MDC will also be conducting a hunter safety class at the fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 12 noon that day. The instructors for the seminars include Gunnar Leach (goose calling), MDC's Barbara Keller (CWD), Karl Rice (trapping tactics), Roger Bernskoetter (handgun safety), Bill Wehrle (turkey tactics) and Ken Henderson (The Gator Guy). Members of the Cornerstone Church will also be keeping the younger members in attendance busy with their popular bounce house. “We very much appreciate the ongoing support we receive from the MDC and the Cornerstone Church," said Shoot. "The activities they provide are a wonderful addition to our event." The first 100 youngsters, 18 years of age and under, to register will receive a free fishing lure, courtesy of the NMSA. “Our goal is to make our annual Outdoor Fun Day an informative, entertaining day for all ages," added Shoot. A fish fry, prepared by Hy-Vee Chef Chad Hall, will be held at the fairgrounds from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fish fry is only $8 per person and is free to those children 10 years of age and under. A small concession stand will also be open throughout the event. There will be a special drawing at the conclusion of the Fun Day. NMSA board members have been selling raffle tickets on a one-of-a-kind carved American Eagle grasping a largemouth bass by local artist Steve Holt. It will be given away at approximately 3 p.m. Registration for the event begins at 8:30 a.m. Seminars will begin at 9 a.m. and run through mid-afternoon. The NMSA also hosts a free Kids Fishing Derby in early June of each year and it works with the MDC and the Conservation Federation of Missouri to provide free processing for hunters who donate a deer to the Share The Harvest program in the counties of Carroll, Daviess, Linn and Livingston. The NMSA's web site is: nomosportall.org.