Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day 2016

September. 24 has been designated “National Hunting and Fishing Day.” Or as I like to call it: “Saturday.” However, it certainly doesn’t hurt to remind some folks that there is a great outdoors, and it needs to be conserved.

Wildlife Conservation Promoted by Event Chair

Honorary Chair for this year is Johnny Morris, conservationist and founder of Bass Pro Shops. In this month’s Bassmaster magazine he shared that “Responsible hunters and anglers are often the unsung heroes in conservation, despite playing a significant role.” His giant wildlife conservation-themed Wonders of Wildlife museum and aquarium is scheduled to open in Springfield, Missouri later this year.

Free Fishing Day in Some States

Many states are recognizing National Hunting and Fishing Day. In Georgia, September 24th is a free fishing day. Maryland, Louisiana, and North Carolina host events with a variety of activities. Oklahoma’s massive Wildlife Expo runs all weekend. Last year over 50,000 attended and learned about fish identification, farm pond management, bowfishing, proper boat cleaning, and boater safety, and tried out a kayak.

Your Fishing License Helps Fund Wildlife Conservation

Fees collected for a hunting licenses, fishing licenses, or boat registrations helps fund wildlife conservation efforts all around the country. National Hunting and Fishing Day is a great reminder to unplug and get out there. To find a list of events in your area, just click on your state, and then go have a fun outdoor experience. 

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.