So unplug, get off the grid, and go enjoy the great outdoors and spend your evening on a hike, a hunt, or on the water.
National Hunting and Fishing Day was officially decreed by Congress in 1971, and since then, it has become an annual event that celebrates the rich traditions of hunting, target shooting, and fishing. A wide variety of conservation organizations host events focused on these activities every year on the 4th Saturday in September.
This year is particularly special because it’s the 50th anniversary of the holiday. It’s become a tradition for both the President and Governors around the country to sign official proclamations celebrating the commemorative day and highlighting the impact that hunting and fishing have in their states.
According to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, More than 50 million Americans go hunting and fishing every year. Those activities are an economic force that generates more than $200 billion in economic activity and supports more than 1.5 million jobs.
National Hunting and Fishing day help promote the continuation of these time-honored traditions for future generations and help ensure that America’s wild places and wild things receive the care and funding they need to thrive well into the future.
The official sponsors for National Hunting and Fishing Day include Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Wonders of Wildlife, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Izaak Walton League of America, Yamaha, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Hook & Barrel magazine.
There are also a variety of events across the country that coincide with National Hunting and Fishing Day. You can also make a pledge to take someone new hunting, fishing, or shooting this year, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $500 gift card from Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s.