Archery, birding, cooking, hunting and fishing are among the fun things to be taught by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff and expert volunteers during the free and family-friendly Horicon Marsh Outdoor Skills Day, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 6.
“There will be something for everyone at this hands-on event,” said Horicon Wildlife Educator, Liz Herzmann. “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.”
The Horicon Bowmen and the DNR will offer an archery camp at this year’s event. People of all ages can try archery using the National Archery in the Schools Program equipment. Herzmann says this is the same easy-to-use equipment dozens of schools all across Wisconsin use in their physical education programs.
Guests can also catch a cast iron cook in action and taste delicious treats, all prepared over the campfire. 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. Expert birders will be on hand to show the basics of binocular use before helping guests put those skills to action on a bird scavenger hunt.
New this year is a fishing station that will take interested people on a mock fishing trip. Guests choose the lake and species they want to fish, and then learn how to plan and execute a successful fishing trip. An instructor will assist on choosing and preparing the proper gear for the excursion.
No registration is required. The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located between Horicon and Mayville, Wisc. on Highway 28. For more information visit horiconmarsh.org.