The following press release is courtesy of Ducks Unlimited:
National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF), set for Saturday, Sept. 23, celebrates hunting, target shooting and fishing with national, state, regional and local organizations hosting related events.
Launched in 1971 by Congress, NHF Day recognizes hunters and anglers for their wildlife and conservation leadership.
Each year, thousands of people attend NHF Day events throughout the country honoring hunting and fishing’s wildlife and fisheries conservation contributions. DU is proud to be a part of this traditional day, one of the most effective campaigns recognizing hunters and anglers and their conservation dedication.
One of the main goals of NHF is to recruit new hunters and anglers by encouraging participation and increasing public awareness of the connection between hunting, angling and conservation.
NHF Day is the largest, most effective grassroots movement ever undertaken to promote outdoor sports and conservation.
Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, MO serves as the official home for NHF Day.
“Hunters and anglers are our country’s leading conservationists. Their support is crucial to wildlife and fisheries habitat conservation efforts around the world. National Hunting and Fishing Day is a celebration of that spirit and our hunting and fishing heritage,” said DU CEO Adam Putnam. “We all could use more time spent outdoors. Thanks to the steadfast support of our volunteers and partners, like Bass Pro Shops, DU has boots on the ground, every day, restoring and conserving millions of acres of wetlands habitat across North America for everyone to enjoy.”
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing wetland and grassland habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has restored or protected more than 16 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science, DU’s projects benefit waterfowl, wildlife and people in all 50 states. DU is growing its mission through a historic $3 billion Conservation For A Continent capital campaign. Learn more at www.ducks.org.