National Hunting and Fishing Day

National Hunting and Fishing Day

 

National Hunting and Fishing (NHF) Day brings together sportsmen and women to celebrate the rich tradition of hunting, target shooting and fishing with national, state, regional and local organizations hosting related events. Launched in 1971 by Congress, NHF Day has consistently recognized hunters and anglers for their leadership in wildlife and conservation. NHF Day is observed and celebrated the fourth Saturday in September every year.

*Member of the Governor's Sportsmen's Caucus

 

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey* signed a proclamation recognizing Saturday, September 25 as National Hunting and Fishing Day in the state of Alabama. Whereas, hunting and angling continue to be an integral component of the cultural fabric of communities throughout the state, Alabama's sportsmen and women generate millions through the American System of Conservation Funding and support the state's economy through spending more than $2.5 billion while engaged in their pursuits. This spending supports more than 30,000 jobs in Alabama and generates more than $150 million in state and local taxes.

 

Arizona Gov. Douglas Ducey* signed a proclamation recognizing Saturday, September 25 as National Hunting and Fishing Day in the state of Arizona. Upon realizing that license fees alone were insufficient to restore and sustain healthy fish and wildlife populations, sportsmen and women supported self-imposed taxes on firearms and ammunition, fishing tackle, and motorboat fuels to raise additional conservation funds. Arizona's 786,000 hunters and anglers contribute 69% of the funding for Arizona's Fish and Game Department and last year alone, generated nearly $55 million through the American System of Conservation Funding. This spending supports over 18,000 jobs in Arizona and generates approximately $132 million in state and local taxes. 

 

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson* signed a proclamation recognizing September 19 through September 25 as Arkansas Hunting and Fishing Week and September 25, 2021 as National Hunting and Fishing Day for the state of Arkansas.  Known as the ‘Natural State’, Arkansas has a rich and storied tradition of hunting and angling that dates back further than the state itself. Arkansas sportsmen and women were among the first conservationists to support the creation of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and they represent a considerable portion of the $9.7 billion in outdoor recreation spending that greatly impacts the state’s economy.
 

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves* signed a proclamation recognizing Saturday, September 25 as Mississippi Hunting and Fishing Day in celebration of the Magnolia State's 782,000 hunters and anglers and the significant contributions their pursuits bring to conservation efforts in the state. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is funded in large part by the American System of Conservation Funding, and in 2020, Mississippi's sportsmen and women generated nearly $32 million through this program which will benefit the state's ability to restore and sustain healthy fish and wildlife populations. 

 

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu* signed a proclamation recognizing Saturday, September 25 as New Hampshire Hunting & Fishing Day. New Hampshire's sportsmen and women were among the first conservationists to support the establishment of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department to conserve fish, wildlife, and their habitat. In 2020, more than 245,000 hunters and anglers in the Granite State spent over $270 million on their sport and generated $17.85 million through the American System of Conservation Funding that will help fund state efforts to provide for healthy and sustainable natural resources.

 

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a proclamation recognizing Saturday, September 25, 2021 as Hunting and Fishing Day throughout the state of New Mexico in celebration of the state's hunters and anglers who were among the first conservationists to support the establishment of the Department of Game and Fish. With a rich and storied tradition of hunting and angling, New Mexico's sportsmen and women generated approximately $40 million to support Game and Fish conservation efforts and support the state's economy through their spending of more than $579 million on their outdoor pursuits.

 

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum* signed a proclamation recognizing Saturday, September 25, 2021 as Hunting and Fishing Day in the state of North Dakota. To this day, North Dakota Game and Fish is funded in part by hunters and anglers through the American System of Conservation Funding. Last year, North Dakota's 388,205 hunters and anglers generated over $30.5 million to support the conservation efforts of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Hunting and angling are an integral component of the cultural fabric of communities throughout the state and offer participants an opportunity to connect with nature on a personal level.
 

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine* and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted signed a proclamation recognizing September 25, 2021 as National Hunting and Fishing Day in celebration of the immense contributions of Ohio's 1.56 million hunters and anglers. In addition, the 134th General Assembly of Ohio issued Senate Resolution 178 recognizing National Hunting and Fishing Day in the state of Ohio and urged all citizens to take part in appropriate activities. Through the participation in their outdoor pursuits, Ohio's sportsmen and women spend more than $2.75 billion which supports more than 46,000 jobs in Ohio and generates $301 million in state and local taxes.


Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt* signed a proclamation recognizing Saturday, September 25, 2021 as Oklahoma Hunting and Fishing Day. Oklahoma has a rich and storied tradition of hunting and angling and Oklahoma's sportsmen and women supported the establishment of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. This year, hundreds of thousands of hunters and anglers in the Sooner State generated more than $49 million to support the conservation efforts of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation through license fees and self-imposed excise taxes on firearms and ammunition, fishing tackle, and motorboat fuels.
 

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf* signed a proclamation recognizing September 25, 2021 as Hunting and Fishing Day in celebration of Pennsylvania's sportsmen and women and to recognize the many and varied social, cultural, economic, and ecological benefits of our time-honored traditions of hunting and angling. To this day, the Game Commission and the Fish and Boat Commission are funded primarily by sportsmen and women through the American System of Conservation Funding. Pennsylvania's more than 1.4 million hunters and anglers support the state's economy through spending more than $1.5 billion while engaged in their pursuits.
 

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a proclamation recognizing September 25, 2021 as National Hunting and Fishing Day throughout the state and encouraged all South Carolinians to recognize the many and varied social, cultural, economic, and ecological benefits of our time-honored traditions of hunting and angling. Last year alone, South Carolina's sportsmen and women generated more than $30 million through the American System of Conservation Funding to support the conservation efforts of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The 709,000 hunters and anglers in the state spend more than $1.5 billion on their outdoor pursuits, supporting over 40,000 jobs and generating $124 million in state and local taxes.


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott* signed a proclamation recognizing September 25, 2021 as Hunting and Fishing Day in Texas and encouraged all Texans to learn more about and participate in the time-honored traditions of hunting and angling, and to recognize the vast ecological, cultural, and economic benefits they provide. For many Texans, participation in activities like hunting and fishing is deeply rewarding and they provide rich opportunities to deepen human relationships, reconnect with the environment, and create thousands of jobs and revenue for the Lone Star State. Texas's millions of sportsmen and women have generated nearly $160 million to support the conservation efforts of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and have boosted the state's economy by purchasing and equipping themselves with the necessary tools to enjoy their pursuits.
 

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed a proclamation distinguishing September 25, 2021 as National Hunting and Fishing Day recognizing Utah's sportsmen and women and their contributions to the state's large outdoor economy. Furthermore, Gov. Cox acknowledged Utah's rich and storied tradition of hunting and angling and how these activities provide food security, a sense of self-sufficiency, and both mental and physical benefits to Utahns across the state. 


 

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice* signed a proclamation recognizing September 10-12, 2021 as National Hunting and Fishing Days. Home to 447,00 hunters and anglers, West Virginia's sportsmen and women were among the first conservationists to support the establishment of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to conserve fish, wildlife and their habitat. Last year alone, West Virginia's sportsmen and women generated nearly $24 million through the American System of Conservation Funding, a "user pays -- public benefits" program that is widely recognized as the most successful model for funding fish and wildlife management in the world.

 

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed a proclamation recognizing Saturday, September 25 as National Hunting and Fishing Day throughout the state of Wisconsin in honor of the many social, cultural, economic, and ecological benefits our time-honored traditions bring to the Badger State. Through license fees and self-imposed taxes on firearms, ammunition, fishing tackle, and motorboat fuels, Wisconsin's more than one million hunters and anglers help fund the efforts of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), whereas, last year alone, they generated over $100 million to support the DNR's conservation efforts. 

 

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon* signed a proclamation recognizing Saturday, September 25, 2021 as National Hunting and Fishing Day in Wyoming, a day set aside in celebration of Wyoming's sportsmen and women. Hunting and angling are activities that are important to the sustainability of Wyoming's fish and wildlife whereas, the 390,000 hunters and anglers support the state's economy through spending more than $778 million while engaged in their pursuits. In 2020, Wyoming sportsmen and women generated nearly $50 million through the American System of Conservation Funding to support the conservation efforts of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. 

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