Veterans were able to fish for free at the state park on Saturday
LAURA VALENTI FOR THE LACLEDE RECORD
Despite cool, damp Ozark spring weather, almost 100 veterans turned out on Saturday for Bennett Spring’s fifth annual Veterans Free Fishing Day.
Bennett Spring Hatchery Manager Ben Havens has worked to bring more free fishing days to Bennett in his tenure at the hatchery as a way to encourage more groups such as women and veterans to explore trout fishing at the well-known park. A free fishing day for everyone as well as a Kids Free Fishing Day have been long-standing traditions in the area but Ladies Free Fishing and Veterans Free Fishing have been added in recent years.
“This is just a good way to get more people out, to enjoy the outdoors,” Havens said.
For more on this story see Wednesday's LCR.