DEEP: Connecticut Hunting & Fishing Appreciation Day to Be Held at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area on September 28

September 4, 2013

Connecticut Hunting & Fishing Appreciation Day to Be Held at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area on September 28

Connecticutís Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), in conjunction with the Friends of Sessions Woods, will host a FREE day of outdoor activities Saturday, September 28th at the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area and Education Center in Burlington to celebrate Connecticut Hunting and Fishing Appreciation Day.  Activities will run from 10 AM until 4 PM.  The event recognizes the contributions that hunters and anglers have made to the conservation of Connecticut's natural resources.
This free, day-long event will feature many outdoor-related activities and demonstrations appropriate for all ages, such as:
  • Field dog demonstrations
  • Rifle, BB gun, trap shooting, and archery ranges
  • 3-D archery
  • Bait and fly casting instruction and skills challenge
  • Live turtles and snakes
  • Crafts for children
  • Silent auction to benefit the non-profit Friends of Sessions Woods

This year, with the assistance of the Paul Petersen Memorial Fund, the event will also feature two live snake programs with Brian Kleinman from Riverside Reptiles.  The Congress of Rough Riders of Naugatuck, Connecticut, will provide scheduled demonstrations of Cowboy Action Shooting. 
Attendees will also have the opportunity to speak firsthand with DEEP biologists about wildlife and fisheries topics, as well as with representatives from major outdoor retailers and a variety of conservation, hunting, and fishing organizations.  Children can participate in several fun activities and crafts, such as track making, face painting, a scavenger hunt, and fish prints.
Handicapped parking will be available on-site at Sessions Woods.  Free shuttle bus parking will be available at Lewis S. Mills High School, 26 Lyons Road, off of Route 4 in Burlington.  The Friends of Sessions Woods will be selling food and drinks during the event, or you can bring your own picnic lunch.
Connecticut Hunting & Fishing Appreciation Day is made possible due to generous donations from the following: 
  • The Friends of Sessions Woods Ė Paul Petersen Fund
  • Jacklin Rod & Gun Club
  • Northwest Connecticut Sportsmanís Council
  • Orvis
  • Robertís Orchard & Chuck Bird
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Safari Club International
  • Torrington Savings Bank
  • U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance Foundation Trailblazers and Weatherby Foundation International Hunting Heritage Partnership.
For more detailed information about Connecticut Hunting & Fishing Appreciation Day and Sessions Woods WMA, go to the DEEP website at or call 860-675-8130 (Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM).  Sessions Woods is located on Route 69 (341 Milford Street) in Burlington.