Options for National Hunting and Fishing Day

Options for National Hunting and Fishing Day
National Hunting and Fishing Day is Sept. 23, 2017. (Photo courtesy of FWC)

Saturday, Sept. 23 is National Hunting and Fishing Day, which coincides with some of the best hunting and fishing of the year.

The annual arrival this weekend of National Hunting and Fishing Day, which encourages sportsmen to share their hunting, fishing or shooting passions with novices or beginners, comes at a great time.

Not only is the day a chance to take someone to the lake, woods or range, it also comes during a time when we experience some of the best hunting and fishing of the year.

As the season changes to fall, game animals are more active, fish are hungrily feeding in preparation for winter, and the weather is awesome.

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"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," said Nick Wiley, executive director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Executive Director. "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. 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."

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Program organizers are offering sportsmen an incentive to pass on their passions. By taking the pledge to take someone new to fishing, hunting or shooting, sportsmen can be entered for a chance to win a Richard Childress Racing VIP race weekend package or the Ultimate Outdoor Experience at the 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 Richard Childress, NASCAR legend and honorary chair. "Mentoring is critical to ensure our outdoor tradition lives on through future generations."

Where to Hunt, Fish on National Hunting and Fishing Day

If you are looking for some suggestions of where to go Saturday, Game & Fish can help you out. Click on the links below for recent articles on where there's great fall options near you:

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