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Outdoor groups sponsor open house for novice, lapsed hunters

  • 7/23/2019 12:39:00 PM
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A coalition of outdoor organizations is hosting an open house showcasing opportunities to get involved with the outdoors through hunting, shooting sports and fishing. The event – Hunt Iowa Social – is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 19, at the Saylorville Fire Department, 211 NW 54th Avenue, in Des Moines.

Area conservation groups and retailers will be on hand to answer questions and discuss different ways to get involved or increase hunting knowledge and skills. The first 150 attendees will receive coupon for a free sandwich and drink. Attendees who preregister will be entered in a drawing for prizes awarded during the open house. Preregistration is available online at https://conta.cc/2SmLEdJ.

The open house features a sensory safari trailer that displays various game animals, birds, pelts and horns from around the world. The Turn-in-Poachers trailer will display mounts of illegally harvested Iowa fish and wildlife.

This family-friendly event is made possible by the Iowa Wildlife Federation, Iowa DNR, Pheasants Forever, National Wild Turkey Federation, Safari Club International, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Izaak Walton League, Delta Waterfowl, Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Turn in Poachers of Iowa, Iowa Hunter Education Instructor Association, Blank Park Zoo and the Iowa Bowhunter's Association.