September 28, 2020

CSF Ensures Recognition of National Hunting & Fishing Day across the Nation

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) worked with governors to ensure that Saturday, September 26, 2020, was recognized as National Hunting and Fishing Day in their respective states by issuing proclamations. Hunters and anglers are America’s true conservation heroes, and this day commemorates our nation’s valued conservationists. While additional governors are expected to sign proclamations this week, the 32 Governors who declared proclamations as of today, September 28, include:

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey*

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy*

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson*

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey*

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

Idaho Governor Brad Little

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds*

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear

Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards*

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker

Michigan Governor Gretchen Witmer

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves*

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Montana Governor Steve Bullock*

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts*

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu*

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

North Dakota Governor Doug Burghum*

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf*

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem*

Texas Governor Greg Abbott*

Vermont Governor Phil Scott*

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice*

Utah Governor Gary Herbert*

*Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Member

Also, the  Ohio Senate passed a resolution recognizing Saturday, September 26, 2020 as National Hunting & Fishing Day in the state.

In addition to proclamations, CSF worked closely with National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucus leaders in states across the country to spread awareness about National Hunting and Fishing Day. These efforts have resulted in a minimum of 14 opinion editorial articles in 6 states that have been published online celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day and the importance of sportsmen and women to conservation funding and the economy.

Governor Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Gov. Tate Reeves of Mississippi (MS)

signs a proclamation recognizing Saturday, September 26 as

National Hunting & Fishing Day in the state this year to highlight the

contributions that Mississippi’s sportsmen and women make for conservation.

CSF’s Southeastern States Coordinator Mark Lance was in attendance

(2nd to the right of Gov. Reeves.) Also pictured are Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen’s

Caucus Co-chair Rep. Scott Bounds (4th to the right of Gov. Reeves) and

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks, Executive Director

Dr. Sam Polles (3rd to right of Gov. Reeves).

Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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