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National Hunting and Fishing Day is celebrated in the United States on the fourth Saturday in September.

First proclaimed in 1972 by President Richard Nixon following a suggestion in 1960 by local Pennsylvania gun shop owner Ira Joffe, the day was originally suggested as an official day of gratitude to outdoor sportsmen. The first official Outdoor Sportsmen Day was celebrated in 1970 with the day becoming nationally recognized two years later.

Contrary to popular belief, anglers and hunters are avid supporters of wildlife conservation. They stand for sustainable use of game and fish. American outdoor sportsmen have made a great contribution to protecting and improving vital habitat and saving many species from unregulated exploitation.

National Hunting and Fishing Day focuses on raising public awareness about the importance of the wise use of natural resources, promoting wildlife conversation and outdoor sports. On this day, local, state, regional and national organizations hold fishing- and hunting-related events providing participants with an opportunity to experience traditional outdoor sports.

National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated the fourth Saturday of every September, remains the most effective grassroots efforts ever undertaken to promote the outdoor sports and conservation.

With events taking place across the country, why not visit the dedicated website to find out whats going on in your area. This is not only a great opportunity to learn a new sport, but also to become more involved with conservation and environmental issues.

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