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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 is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out Dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida, but raised on banks of Oklahoma farm ponds, he now chases pike, smallmouth bass, and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After earning a B.S. in Zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, Iowa State, and Michigan State.