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National Hunting and Fishing Day returns Saturday

The focus this year of National Hunting and Fishing Day, set for Saturday, is to challenge hunters and anglers to take someone with them on their next outdoor adventure.

For 45 years Congress has authorized the fourth Saturday of September to be designated National Hunting and Fishing Day. NHF Day brings together sportsmen and women to celebrate the rich tradition of fishing and hunting with national, state, regional and local organizations hosting fishing- and hunting-related events.

Keep America Fishing, the grassroots advocacy program of the American Sportfishing Association, renewed its sponsorship of the event this year.

“NHF Day is a great way to highlight what Keep America Fishing focuses on every day — the fun and enjoyment that recreational fishing gives to all of us and ensuring that it stays that way for generations to come,” Liz Ogilvie, chief marketing officer for the ASA and director of the advocacy program, said in a statement.

“Not only do hunting and fishing allow you to connect with nature on a profound level, those who take part in these activities also contribute to conservation,” Nick Wiley, executive director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said in a separate statement.

“Every time someone buys a firearm, ammunition, archery equipment or fishing tackle, they are contributing to science-based fish and wildlife management through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program,” Wiley added. “This program brings funding from the sporting arms, archery and fishing industries and from sportsmen and women back to state wildlife management agencies like the FWC. This support, in addition to hunting and fishing license fees, is critical for conserving fish and wildlife.”

New this year is the introduction of the National Hunting and Fishing Day Challenge. Participants can pledge to take someone fishing, hunting or shooting on Saturday.

Those who do so will be eligible to win a Richard Childress Racing VIP race weekend package or the Ultimate Outdoor Experience in America’s Conservation Capital from Big Cedar Lodge and Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium.

"If you are a sportsman, sportswoman or an angler, you can make a difference and support National Hunting and Fishing Day by becoming a mentor," said Childress, a NASCAR legend and honorary chairman of NHF Day.

"Mentoring is critical to ensure our outdoor tradition lives on through future generations. Make the commitment to take someone outdoors and show them why you value hunting, fishing and target shooting."

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