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 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” model 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 37 million hunters and anglers 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.

Language​

  • Alaska Proclamation: “Whereas, National Hunting and Fishing Day was established in 1972 to celebrate and recognize hunters and anglers for their immense contributions to fish and wildlife conservation, and to our society. Now therefore, I, Bill Walker, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim September 24, 2016 as: National Hunting and Fishing Day in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to acknowledge hunters, fishermen, and conservationists for their great contribution to fish and wildlife management in Alaska."  
  • Pennsylvania Proclamation: “Whereas, Pennsylvania’s 1.42 million hunters and anglers contribute to the state’s economy by spending $1.5 billion to engage in their pursuits, supporting more than 24,000 jobs and generating $181 million in state and local taxes. Therefore, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim Saturday, September 24, 2016, to be National Hunting & Fishing Day in recognition of the many varied social, cultural, economic and ecological benefits of our time-honored traditions of hunting and angling.”  
  • Nebraska Proclamation: “Whereas, National Hunting and Fishing Day was established in 1972 to celebrate and recognize hunters and anglers for their immense contributions to fish and wildlife conservation, and to our society. Now, Therefore, I, Pete Ricketts, Governor of the State of Nebraska, do hereby proclaim the 24th day of September, 2016 as National Hunting and Fishing Day in Nebraska, and I do hereby urge all citizens to take due note of the observance.” 

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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