Supports Annual Event That Celebrates Sportsmen and Communities

The Izaak Walton League continues its sponsorship this year of National Hunting and Fishing Day, a nationwide event celebrating hunters, anglers, and natural resource conservation. This annual event also engages youth and families in a variety of outdoor recreation activities.

Hunters, fishermen, and outdoor enthusiasts may not even know they are supporting wildlife conservation through their sport. Through fees paid for licenses, permits, and special taxes, hunters and anglers generate $100,000 every 30 minutes—that’s more than $1.75 billion every year—for the conservation of fish, wildlife, and habitat. No group contributes more to our nation’s conservation efforts.

This year’s NHF Day is set to take place September 28, 2013.

Sponsorship by the Izaak Walton League of NHF Day also helps support 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 relationships among hunting, angling, healthy habitat, and wildlife and fisheries conservation.

“The Izaak Walton League of America is proud to sponsor National Hunting and Fishing Day,” said Scott Kovarovics, Executive Director of the Izaak Walton League. “Many of the League’s 250 chapters will host annual NHF Day events to introduce youth and families to hunting and fishing. These events also help Americans understand the essential role hunters and anglers play in supporting and funding conservation nationwide. ”

As part of NHF Day, a spokesperson who is a true steward of the sports and conservation efforts is selected. Legendary bass angler, TV host, and conservationist Bill Dance was chosen to represent sportsmen around the nation for this year’s National Hunting and Fishing Day – an event that was formalized by Congress in 1972 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.

“This marks another great year of NHF Day sponsorship by the Izaak Walton League,” said Misty Mitchell, Director of Conservation Programs, Wonders of Wildlife. “The League’s continued support for this event is a reflection of their true appreciation for the conservation efforts of sportsmen and women everywhere. We greatly appreciate their support and outreach efforts.”

The growing list of sponsors for NHF Day 2013 includes the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Realtree, GunBroker.com, Ducks Unlimited, North American Fishing Club, Yamaha, Bass Pro Shops, Smith and Wesson, North American Hunting Club, Sportsman Channel, Izaak Walton League of America, and Limit Out Productions.

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

Logo courtesy National Hunting and Fishing Day

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