The State of Wisconsin will officially be observing in National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 22, under a proclamation issued by Gov. Scott Walker.

National Hunting and Fishing Day, formalized by Congress in 1971, was created by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to celebrate conservation successes of hunters and anglers and is celebrated the fourth Saturday of every September.

Governor Walker issued the following proclamation for Wisconsin:

Proclamation

National Hunting and Fishing Day

September 22, 2012

WHEREAS, conserving our state’s natural and wildlife resources for future generations is one of the most important responsibilities we have, and

WHEREAS, hunters, trappers and anglers contribute $2.9 billion annually to Wisconsin’s economy through their purchases, and

WHEREAS, Wisconsin has national prominence as a destination for hunters and anglers with more than 600,000 participants in the annual deer hunt and over 1.4 million anglers, and

WHEREAS, sportsmen and women, through their organizations, contribute thousands of volunteer hours to conservation projects, youth and adult outdoor education programs, and fundraising for conservation, and

WHEREAS, Saturday, September 22, 2012 is National Hunting and Fishing day,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Scott Walker, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, do hereby proclaim September 22, 2012 as Hunting and Fishing Day throughout the State of Wisconsin, and I commend this observance to all of our citizens.

Logo courtesy Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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