National Hunting and Fishing Day

Summary

National Hunting and Fishing Day celebrates the time-honored traditions of hunting and angling, as well as the immense conservation and economic contributions made over time by the original conservationists – sportsmen and women – who support sound, science-based wildlife management through license sales, excises taxes on outdoor gear, and sustainable-use models. National Hunting and Fishing Day proclamations, resolutions, and celebrations increase awareness of and participation in these activities, which helps safeguard funding for conservation throughout the nation.

Introduction

 

National Hunting and Fishing Day celebrates the time-honored traditions of hunting and angling, as well as the immense conservation and economic contributions made over time by the original conservationists – sportsmen and women – who support sound, science-based wildlife management through license sales, excises taxes on outdoor gear, and sustainable-use models. The purchases of licenses, duck stamps, firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing tackle, motorboat fuel, and other hunting and angling-related items drive conservation funding in the United States. Together, these funding sources create the American System of Conservation Funding, a unique “user pays—public benefits” structure that serves as the main funding mechanism for state fish and wildlife agencies, the primary managers of our fish and wildlife resources. 

There are over 53 million sportsmen and women in the United States who work tirelessly to protect and promote our sporting heritage and natural resources. The U.S. Congress and President Nixon established National Hunting and Fishing Day in 1972 to recognize generations of sportsmen and women for contributing to the conservation of our nation’s rich sporting heritage. Since its inception, governors from all 50 states and over 600 mayors have proclaimed state and local versions of National Hunting Fishing Day promoting over 3,000 hunting and fishing related events, hosting more than 4 million participants. National Hunting and Fishing Day is celebrated the 4th Saturday of every September to increase awareness about hunting, angling, and conservation, and to encourage participation in these pastimes, which results in even greater funding for science-based fish and wildlife management. In 2018, 42 proclamations were signed by governors across the country, including 31 Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus members. A Presidential Proclamation was also signed by Donald Trump.

Language​

  • Alabama Proclamation: “Whereas, to this day, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is funded primarily by sportsmen and women, through this American System of Conservation Funding – a ‘user pays-public benefits’ approach that is widely recognized as the most successful model of fish and wildlife management in the world.”
  • Nebraska Proclamation: “Whereas, to this day, the Nebraska Games and Parks Commission is funded primarily by sportsmen and women, through this American System of Conservation Funding – a ‘user pays-public benefits’ approach that is widely recognized as the most successful model of fish and wildlife management in the world and is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.”

Moving Forward

National Hunting and Fishing Day remains the most prominent occasion for promoting America’s hunting and angling traditions, as well as the economic and conservation benefits provided by sportsmen and women. National Hunting and Fishing Day proclamations, resolutions, and celebrations increase awareness and participation in these activities, which helps safeguard funding for conservation throughout the nation.

Contact

For more information regarding this issue, please contact Joe Mullin, 267-221-0782, jmullin@congressionalsportsmen.org.

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