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.

The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation would like to thank President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. for recognizing America's sportsmen and women by proclaiming September 24, 2022 as National Hunting and Fishing Day across America. From the earliest of days of our Nation, hunting and fishing have instilled respect for our long-cherished natural resources and American ethic of conservation. Passed on through generations, these beloved pastimes bring families, friends, and neighbors together to bond in the spirit of sportsmanship, cultivate respect for our lands, waters, and wildlife, and provide peaceful sanctuary amid our Nation's natural wonders. 

Hunting and fishing play a large role in funding conservation efforts that also fuel economic prosperity, with more than 50 million Americans hunting and fishing every year, creating over $200 billion in economic activity and supporting over 1.5 million jobs. The continuation of these time-honored traditions will ensure that our lands and waters receive the care and funding they need to stay accessible and magnificent for all Americans.

 

*Member of the Governor's Sportsmen's Caucus
 

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey* signed a proclamation recognizing Saturday, September 24, 2022 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 generated $53 million through the American System of Conservation Funding and support the state's economy while engaged in their pursuits. 



 

Arizona Gov. Douglas Ducey* signed a proclamation recognizing Saturday, September 24, 2022 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 approximately 600,000 hunters and anglers contribute 69% of the funding for Arizona's Fish and Game Department and last year alone, generated over $60 million through the American System of Conservation Funding. 


 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a proclamation observing Saturday, September 24, 2022 as National Hunting and Fishing Day in Florida. Since 2019, Florida has invested $3.3 billion for the protection of precious water resources which are critical for The Sunshine State's economy and way of life. Hunting and fishing continue to be an integral component of the cultural fabric of communities throughout the state. Florida's 3.7 million hunters and anglers generated $82.8 million of conservation funding to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 




Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp* signed a proclamation recognizing September 24, 2022 as Hunting and Fishing Day in Georgia to celebrate the immense contributions of The Peach State's hunters and anglers to fish and wildlife conservation. More than 1.2 million hunters and anglers support the state's economy through additional spending that exceeds $2.8 billion while engaged in their pursuits. Hunting and angling remain an integral component of the cultural fabric of communities throughout the state and over recent years, have offered a growing number of participants an opportunity to connect with nature on a personal level while simultaneously providing food security, a sense of self-sufficiency, and both mental and physical health benefits.



Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed a proclamation recognizing September 24, 2022 as Hunting and Fishing Day in Kentucky. The Bluegrass State is home to more than 800,000 hunters and anglers who support the state's economy with nearly $3 billion of economic impact from their pursuits. This impact includes supporting more than 35,000 jobs in Kentucky and generating nearly $170 million in state and local taxes. Last year alone, Kentucky's sportsmen and women generated more than $48 million through the American System of Conservation Funding to support the conservation efforts of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.


Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards* who serves as co-chair of the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus signed a proclamation recognizing September 24, 2022 as Hunting and Fishing Day in Louisiana. To this day, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is funded primarily by sportsmen and women through the American System of Conservation Funding. Last year alone, Louisiana's more than 920,000 hunters and anglers generated $43.22 million through this System to support conservation efforts in the state.  




Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a proclamation recognizing Saturday, September 24, 2022 as Hunting and Fishing Day in Michigan. Michigan has a rich and storied tradition of hunting and fishing that dates back further than the state itself. Last year alone, Michigan's hunters and anglers generated $95.8 million to support the conservation efforts of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. More than 1.4 million hunters and anglers support the state's economy through their spending, contributing to the $9.5 million spent on outdoor activities in Michigan last year.
 

 

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a proclamation recognizing Saturday, September 24, 2022 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 $44 million to support the efforts of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and support the state's economy through their spending of more than $1 billion while engaged in their pursuits.

 

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum* signed a proclamation recognizing Saturday, September 24, 2022 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 246,885 hunters and anglers generated nearly $30 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 24, 2022 as National Hunting and Fishing Day in celebration of the immense contributions of Ohio's 1.15 million hunters and anglers. Through the participation in their outdoor pursuits, Ohio's sportsmen and women spent more than $10.6 million which supports the conservation efforts of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.





Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt* signed a proclamation recognizing Saturday, September 24, 2022 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. Through license fees and self-imposed excise taxes on firearms and ammunition, fishing tackle, and motorboat fuels, sportsmen and women fund the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's efforts through the American System of Conservation Funding.

 

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster* signed a proclamation recognizing September 24, 2022 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 $31 million through the American System of Conservation Funding to support the conservation efforts of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The 767,000 hunters and anglers in the state contribute to the $5.74 billion spent on outdoor activities in South Carolina last year.

 

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem* who serves as vice-chair of the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus signed a proclamation recognizing September 24, 2022 as Hunting and Fishing Day in South Dakota to celebrate the state's sportsmen and women and their contributions to conservation. South Dakota's more than 285,000 hunters and anglers generated over $44 million through the American System of Conservation Funding to support the state's conservation efforts to ensure future generations may enjoy the same resources enjoyed today.

 

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice* signed a proclamation recognizing September 10-11, 2022 as National Hunting and Fishing Days in the Mountain State. Home to 449,00 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 more than $25 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 24, 2022 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 hunters and anglers help fund the efforts of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) generating millions of dollars for the agency's conservation efforts each year.


 

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon* signed a proclamation recognizing Saturday, September 24, 2022 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 more than 400,000 hunters and anglers support the state's economy through spending contributing to the $1.25 billion spent on outdoor activities in Wyoming last year.  

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