10 Ways to Celebrate National Fishing and Hunting Day

By Debbie Hanson

Sep 07, 2020

How to celebrate National Fishing and Hunting Day this year. Get ideas on how to social distance outdoors, learn new fishing skills, go fishing with family

Since National Fishing and Hunting Day is coming up this month, you might be looking for ideas on how to social distance outdoors or learn a new fishing skill while celebrating the occasion. Launched in 1971 by Congress, NFHD recognizes anglers and hunters for the roles they play in wildlife conservation.

Back in June, you may have celebrated National Fishing Day 2020 or National Go Fishing Day, but National Fishing and Hunting Day gives you a great reason to put a fall fishing trip on your schedule during the month of September.

Here are 10 specific fishing-related ways you can celebrate National Fishing and Hunting Day 2020 on Saturday, September 26th:

  1. Scout out a new place to fish in your local area using the Places to Fish & Boat Map.
  2. Invite a friend or family member who is new to the sport to go fishing with you on Saturday the 26th (following CDC social distancing guidelines).
  3. Invest in a lifetime fishing license if your state agency offers them. You'll save money over the long-term, you won't have to worry about renewing each year, and the fees contribute to the conservation of wildlife and fisheries resources over an extended period of time.
  4. Use National Fishing and Hunting Day 2020 as the perfect time to pursue a fish species that you want to check off your bucket list.
  5. Plan a fall camping and fishing staycation at a state or national park close to where you live.
  6. Learn how to tie a new fishing knot or practice setting up a new fishing rig.
  7. Plan a National Fishing and Hunting Day fishing trip, bring along a pair of gloves, and set aside a half hour at the end of your trip to pick up any litter (with your gloves on) at your fishing spot. Be sure to properly dispose of your gloves in the trash afterwards so they don't end up in our waterways or ecosystems.
  8. If the fish you catch are within the state regulations, celebrate by trying out a new fish recipe and cooking up your catch for a family dinner.
  9. Put together a playlist of your favorite fishing songs and bring along a waterproof Bluetooth speaker so you can sing along while on the water.
  10. Listen to a fishing podcast or watch an instructional video to learn about different types of fishing techniques.

Now that you know how you can celebrate National Fishing and Hunting Day from a fishing perspective, check the weather forecast for September 26th and make plans to get out on the water!

Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.