National Hunting and Fishing Day is celebrated on the fourth Saturday of every September. This year it falls on Saturday, September 23.
Congress established this day to recognize hunters and anglers for their leadership in fish and wildlife conservation. Since launching in 1971, the day has been formally proclaimed by every U.S. President and countless governors and mayors.
The list of sponsors includes:
- Wonders of Wildlife
- National Shooting Sports Foundation
- Bass Pro Shops
- Izaak Walton League
- Safari Club International
- Ducks Unlimited
- National Wild Turkey Federation
- Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
- Boone & Crockett Club
While we’re glad that there’s an official day dedicated to celebrating hunting and fishing, we believe that every day should honor hunting and fishing. In a world run by electronics and connected devices, it seems as if we rarely get a chance to unplug and relax in the outdoors. It also doesn’t help that anti-hunting groups demonize those who hunt, when really hunting helps conservation efforts, controls populations, and feeds countless families.
No matter if you’re brand-new to hunting and fishing, this day is for you. On the flipside, if you’re a seasoned hunter or fisherman, take this day to bring a child or friend that doesn’t have much outdoor experience out for a day of fun. Everyone involved will benefit from these adventures in more ways than one.
For more information on the 2023 National Hunting and Fishing Day, including state-by-state events, please visit NHFday.org.