If you’re looking to get the family outside this weekend, the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is holding an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
At the open house, Owl Brook — located in Holderness and operated by the Fish and Game Department — will be highlighting classes and group activities it provides related to shooting sports, hunter education and orienteering. While part of Owl Brook’s focus is on educating experienced hunters and anglers, the center also works to introduce those who are less experienced to the outdoors.
“The reason behind everything we do here is to build interest,” said Eric Geib, an SEA/SEIU Local 1984 member who works at Owl Brook. “The hope is that it will light a spark in somebody to take on hunting or just getting outside more.”
For the more experienced, Owl Brook offers certification classes. Much of the rest they offer, Geib said, is geared for beginners.
“That gets them interested and hopefully they buy a license and support the Fish and Game Department,” he said.
Fish and Game has a broad reach, as stewards of New Hampshire’s wildlife and many of our natural resources. Education is an important part of making sure that people are responsible with those resources and respectful of our wildlife.
“We’re just doing our small piece, and hopefully it gets people interested,” Geib said.
At the open house, there will be activities for beginners (map and compass instruction, safe firearms handling) as well as experienced outdoors enthusiasts (demonstrations, a tree stand safety seminar and rifle and archery ranges). There’s also free ice cream courtesy of the Granite State Dairy Promotion and a free raffle.
Owl Brook is located at 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness. You can find out more about the center here. You can support NH Fish and Game by purchasing a hunting or fishing license or Hike Safe Card here.