No matter if you spend a lot of time outdoors or are brand new to such recreational activities, you will most certainly enjoy any of the many FREE celebratory events scheduled for National Hunting and Fishing Day, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
“If you are interested in outdoor activities, such as hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, but don’t know how to get started or want to improve, please make plans to attend one of these events,” said Dan Forster, director of the Wildlife Resources Division. “Knowledgeable staff and volunteers will help you have the best time possible and then will encourage you to take the activity beyond this one day.”
What is National Hunting and Fishing Day? The U.S. Congress and President Richard Nixon established this day in 1973 to recognize generations of hunters and anglers for the time and money they donate to wildlife conservation programs.
Events offered in Georgia include kids’ fishing events and Outdoor Adventure Days. Activities will differ at each event – but some highlights include archery and air rifle shooting, trout fishing, snake shows, wildlife programs, exhibits and more.
In addition to these events, a FREE fishing day is offered to all Georgia residents on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. On this day, residents do NOT need a fishing license or a trout license to fish on any public waters in the state including lakes, streams, ponds and public fishing areas (PFA). In addition, residents do not need to obtain a wildlife management area (WMA) license to fish on a PFA, WMA or on Waters Creek on this day.
For more information on NHF Day in Georgia, including a complete listing of all events in the state, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/get-involved/nhfday .
Why is there a National Hunting and Fishing Day?
Each day, millions of Americans work to conserve and improve our natural resources – they are America’s hunters and anglers. The U.S. Congress and President Nixon established National Hunting and Fishing Day in 1972 to recognize these generations of hunters and anglers for the time and money, more than a billion dollars each year, they donate to wildlife conservation programs. Click here for more on the history of this event.
Conserving the states natural and wildlife resources is one of the most important responsibilities for this and future generations and the conservation programs supported and financed by Georgia hunters and anglers have benefited hundreds of wildlife species, including deer, wild turkeys, bald eagles and songbirds for all Georgians to enjoy.
September 26, 2015 marks the anniversary of National Hunting and Fishing Day and plans are underway for both a nationwide and statewide celebration. One of the best ways all of us can create a better public understanding of hunting and fishing is to create a better public awareness of the important role that outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen have played in conservation and improving our natural resources. Together with hunting and fishing license fees, federal aid programs have funded game animals and sport fish conservation, habitat acquisition and outdoor recreation opportunities both in Georgia and throughout the country. NHF Day events provide opportunities for outdoor-oriented people and urbanites alike to learn more about outdoor skills and activities.
So, in celebration of this special day be sure to take someone (especially young people) outside and introduce them to a whole new world of enjoyment at one of the many scheduled events set to happen, whether that be through hunting, hiking, birdwatching, fishing or another outdoor activity.