There is no better time to participate in #ResponsibleRecreation than by kicking-off summer with recreational fishing or boating – especially during National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW). This year, June 6-14, 2020 is National Fishing & Boating Week.
NFBW occurs every year to recognize recreational fishing and boating, and what these activities provide as some of our favorite outdoor recreational pursuits. NFBW commemorates the value that recreational boating and fishing brings to families, communities, the economy, and conservation. During NFBW, all states provide free fishing days – some offer free fishing weekends – to encourage people to pursue fishing on public waters without a fishing license requirement. This is a great time for beginners, or those who’ve never tried fishing, to get on the water and try it at no cost.
NFBW supports angler recruitment, reactivation and retention (R3) by granting the opportunity for individuals to try fishing before purchasing a license, which is required for fishing in all states any other time besides the annual free fishing day (or weekend).
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) encourages constituents to take NFBW as an opportunity to get outdoors and practice #ResponsibleRecreation by taking part in your state’s conservation efforts. Before heading to the water, be sure to check your states’ regulations, requirements and updates. Visit CSF’s webpage for more information on how to get involved: http://congressionalsportsmen.org/resource-center/national-fishing-boating-week
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?