Grass roots event recognizes sportsmen’s role in conservation

The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS), is once again proud to join the nation’s dedicated and conservation-minded hunters and fishermen as they prepare to celebrate Saturday’s fortieth anniversary of National Hunting and Fishing Day.

Looking back, it’s hard to believe that it has been 40 years since President Richard Nixon signed the first proclamation declaring the fourth Saturday of September as National Hunting and Fishing Day; it’s even harder to believe that last year the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) celebrated its golden anniversary. But much like the unmistakable sound of a drumming ruffed grouse, or the “peent” call of the American woodcock seeking a mate, some things never get old. And so it is with National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF), and the message it has been delivering for the past four decades.

“The foundation behind the continued procreation success of the ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other species — both hunted and non-hunted — is sound conservation developed through scientific wildlife management. Hunters and fishermen were the first to recognize that rapid development and unregulated uses of wildlife were threatening the future of many species and, much the same as we did ten years earlier with the founding of the Ruffed Grouse Society, National Hunting and Fishing Day has brought awareness to the role sportsmen and sportswomen have had in that management plan during these past forty years, and will continued to have in the decades to come. This is why we applaud our nation’s sportsmen and women for their tireless work to protect our environment and natural resources, and NHF Day is the perfect time to recognize their achievements and efforts,” said RGS President and CEO John E. Eichinger.

“That said, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day than to spend time on woods and water — preferably with a youngster or someone unfamiliar with our traditional outdoor sports,” Eichinger continued.

Logo courtesy Ruffed Grouse Society

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