GunBroker.com is once again rallying to sponsor National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day), the official federal commemoration of hunters, anglers and conservation. The national observance is set to take place Sept. 22, 2012.

NHF Day continues to grow and reach new outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen each year with the continued support of generous sponsors. Through licenses, permits and special taxes, hunters and anglers generate $100,000 every 30 minutes—totaling more than $1.75 billion per year—for fish, wildlife and habitat. No one contributes more for conservation.

The sponsorship by GunBroker.com supports the 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.

“GunBroker.com has proudly sponsored NHF Day for the last six years because we passionately believe in the importance of habitat and wildlife conservation, as do many of our 2 million registered users,” said Don Hall, GunBroker.com Chief Operating Officer. “It is extremely rewarding to play a role in the work and contributions by hunters and anglers to preserve outdoor heritage, not only on this one day, but all year round.”

Each year National Hunting and Fishing Day chooses an honorary chairperson, and this year NASCAR Sprint Cup driver/owner Tony Stewart is serving in that capacity and will deliver the message of NHF Day.

As the driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Stewart has won 12 driving championships, including three Sprint Cup Series titles, in a career spanning more than three decades.

Stewart is a champion off the racetrack as much as he is on, and has been recognized for his philanthropic efforts via his Tony Stewart Foundation, which raises funds for distribution to three specific groups – chronically ill children, drivers injured in motorsports activities and organizations dedicated to the protection of various animal species.

“National Hunting and Fishing Day is thrilled to have GunBroker.com as a sponsor,” said Misty Mitchell, Director of Conservation Programs, Wonders of Wildlife. “They have proven themselves as strong advocates for conservation and their support for NHF Day reinforces these beliefs. We look forward to working with them in years to come.

In 1972, Congress formalized NHF Day to remind the public that conservation depends on funding and leadership from hunters and anglers. Every 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.

The growing list of sponsors for NHF Day 2012 includes Wonders of Wildlife, NSSF, Bass Pro Shops, Smith & Wesson, Sportsman’s Channel, Realtree, GunBroker.com, Yamaha, Pope and Young Club, Ducks Unlimited, and the Izaak Walton League of America.

For more information about NHF Day, visit www.nhfday.org.

Image courtesy Blue Heron Communications

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