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IN: Something's Fishy at Free DNR Event

By: by Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Mark the calendar. The third annual Hoosier Outdoor Experience is coming to Indianapolis’ Fort Harrison State Park, Sept. 17-18.

And it’s free to participants. Doing the more than 50 hands-on outdoor activities requires no charge, all day, both days, for men, women and children. Food booths will be available but you’re welcome to pack a lunch.

Last year 18,400 people attended over the two days, an increase of about 5,000 from the inaugural event. Plenty of room for many more awaits in the state park’s 1,700 acres.

There will be something for everyone who enjoys being outdoors, from canoeing and bicycling to a few types of fishing.

“If you ever wanted to learn about basic fishing, fly fishing or even bowfishing but weren’t sure how to get started, here’s your chance,” said Bill James, DNR’s chief of fisheries.

For bowfishing at the event, the targets will be fish decoys floating on Delaware Lake. Experienced volunteers will coach participants and oversee safety as participants try their aim and reel in the arrows.

“If you’re looking for a unique hands-on experience, be sure to stop by the bowfishing venue,” James said. “You might find you have a hidden talent that would make Robin Hood jealous.”

The Hoosier Outdoor Experience, which runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, is presented by the DNR and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation. The goal is to introduce people to outdoor activities they may have never tried.

Other activities include hands-on target shooting, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, and much more.

Online advance registration at hoosieroutdoorexperience.IN.gov is requested to assist with staffing and planning. Watch for event updates there or at Facebook.com/HoosierOutdoorExperience.

If you already enjoy outdoor sports and recreation and want to help others learn to enjoy them as much as you do, sign up to volunteer at dnr.IN.gov/5412.htm

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