Okay, it’s not exactly Christmas morning or Opening Day of hunting season but Saturday, September 26, 2015, is significant. It marks the 43rd anniversary of National Hunting and Fishing Day, which recognizes the significant contributions of hunters and anglers for their conservation efforts and promotes outdoor recreation.
President Richard Nixon signed the first National Hunting and Fishing Day proclamation on May 2, 1972, and said, "I urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in insuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations."
Isn’t that what it’s all about? Those of us who hunt and fish are the strongest advocates of land and wildlife conservation. Hunters and anglers helped restore ailing historic wildlife populations to today’s more healthy levels by paying a disproportionate share of the costs through excise taxes on equipment and the payment of license fees.
Now the ball is in our court. We need to help those around us experience a personal, hands-on reawakening of the beauty of the great outdoors.
So if you’re armed with a bow, muzzleloader, rifle, fishing pole, camera or just a pair of hiking boots, share that love and appreciation with others. Take them into the hills, forests or onto the waterways. And when you do so, make sure you take along members of the younger generation. They will thank you for it.
Thank you for your commitment to our land and wildlife resources.
RMEF President & CEO