Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Outdoor Adventure Opportunities to Abound on Saturday

Smith Creek at Unicoi State Park gets well stocked for Outdoor
 Adventure Day, which is always held on National Hunting &
Fishing Day. Georgia DNR photo.
Smith Creek will be full of trout and its banks full of trout fishermen this Saturday, but that won't be the only activity at North Georgia's Unicoi State Park. As part of the National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will host Outdoor Adventure Day at Unicoi from 10 to 4 on Saturday. Activities ranging from skeet shooting to fly tying will be available to children and adults alike and concentrated in a big field along Smith Creek within the park.

If you want to learn more about opportunities for activities such as camping, hiking, fishing and hunting or try some of those skills first-hand, Outdoor Adventure Day is tough to top. Likewise, if you want to provide some opportunities for your children or maybe for a co-worker neighbor family, it's the place to be. Putting on such an event calls for a vast volunteer team, and most volunteers are knowledgeable and experienced outdoorsmen from this area.

You don't even need even need a fishing rod to fish. Although you're certainly welcome to bring your own gear, and most folks probably will do just that, loaner tackle will be rigged and ready for visitors to use. Live worms, by the way, are tough to top for freshly stocked trout.

Making Saturday an extra good day to bring a friend to Unicoi or to one of your favorite fishing holes, Saturday, Sept. 28 is Free Fishing Day in Georgia, meaning that no license or trout stamp is needed to fish Georgia waters.

While Unicoi's Outdoor Adventure Day gets my attention because it is the nearest special activity to my home, don't feel left out if you're not nearby. Similar events occur all over the country on the same day, and several states offer a free fishing day or two on the same weekend. Do a little searching online, and chances are good that you can find a fun event to attend or opportunity to share your love for fishing in your neck of the woods.

For information about National Hunting and Fishing Day activities in Georgia visit the Georgia DNR website.

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