SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (July 19, 2011) — Bass Pro Shops has renewed its sponsorship of National Hunting and Fishing Day that is set to take place September 24, 2011.
Each year NHF Day asks a renowned outdoorsman to serve as honorary chair, and this year businessman T. Boone Pickens will be serving that role.
In this role, Boone Pickens helps deliver the message of conservation throughout the hunting and fishing communities, which always takes place on the fourth Saturday in September.
Pickens is one of America’s most prominent and influential businessmen in history. He is a top authority on world energy issues, president and CEO of the investment firm BP Capital Management and founder of Mesa Petroleum.
Pickens is the author of “The First Billion is the Hardest” and “Boone Pickens: The Luckiest Guy in the World.” Pickens also is a noted philanthropist with gifts to charitable causes exceeding $700 million.
The sponsorship support of Bass Pro Shops helps support Wonders of Wildlife museum–the official home of National Hunting and Fishing Day.
The Springfield, Mo., facility oversees educational initiatives to help the American public understand the indelible relationship between hunting, angling, healthy habitat, and wildlife and fisheries conservation.
“Johnny Morris and all of us here at Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Marine are really proud and honored to be a part of this effort to make more people aware of our time-honored traditions of hunting and fishing,” said, Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Marine Communications Manager Larry Whiteley. “We hope that through NHF Day as well as the free outdoor skills classes we hold in our stores across America and Canada, more people will discover the grand sports of hunting and fishing.”
“National Hunting and Fishing Day and Bass Pro Shops teaming together to promote wildlife conservation simply makes sense,” said Misty Mitchell, Director of Conservation Programs, Wonders of Wildlife. “We are excited to have them as sponsors to NHF Day. Their support is a testament to their continued support of outdoorsman around the country.”
Congress formalized NHF Day in 1972 to remind the public that conservation depends on funding and leadership from hunters and anglers. Every U.S. President from Richard Nixon through Barack Obama has issued official proclamations of support for the annual commemoration, now recognized as one of the most effective grassroots campaigns ever undertaken to promote traditional outdoor sports.
Sponsors for NHF Day 2011 continues to grow, and includes Wonders of Wildlife, NSSF, Bass Pro Shops, Smith & Wesson, Sportsman’s Channel, Realtree, Cabela’s, GunBroker.com, Yamaha, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Izaak Walton League of America and Pope and Young Club.
For more information about NHF Day, visit www.nhfday.org and check out our Facebook page.