Salato Wildlife Education Center Hosts Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration

Bring the entire family to Frankfort Aug. 10 and join the celebration at Salato Hunting and Fishing Day.

On this special day, admission to the Salato Wildlife Education Center is free for everyone.

Try your hand at 3-D archery, archery trap shooting, air rifle shooting, casting and fishing. Salato staff also will offer an elk presentation at the center’s elk enclosure. Events and demonstrations begin at 11 a.m. (Eastern) and continue through 3 p.m.

“This is a great event that gives beginners of any age a fun, hands-on introduction to fishing and shooting sports,” Salato Conservation Educator Geoff Roberts said.

There’s more than just special activities at the Salato Center. You’ll see many of Kentucky’s native wildlife in naturalized enclosures, walk underneath a waterfall, experience what it’s like to run a fish shocking boat and more. Exhibits are wheelchair accessible. The center also offers miles of dirt trails meandering through the woods.

Salato Hunting and Fishing Day honors the more than 700,000 people who hunt and fish in Kentucky. Hunters and anglers in the state help support 35,000 jobs and represent a $2.7 billion impact to the state’s economy.

Salato Hunting and Fishing Day is a prequel to National Hunting and Fishing Day, which is observed the fourth Saturday in September across the country. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources operates the Salato Center to support conservation education in the state.

Salato Day offers those taking hunter education courses an early opportunity to complete the range instruction portion of the program. Pre-registration for the range day is required, and can be completed online at

Call the Salato Center at (502) 892-4460 for a more detailed list of activities and times.

The center is located off U.S. 60, approximately 1½ miles west of the U.S. 127 intersection in Frankfort. Look for the bronze deer statue at the entrance of the main Kentucky Fish and Wildlife campus.

Normal hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Salato Center is closed on Sunday, Monday and state holidays. The center also has a seasonal closure in winter.

Except for select events, admission is $5 for adults and $3 for youths 5 to 18. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. The center also offers annual memberships for individuals and families.

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