National Hunting and Fishing Day to Take Place September 27, 2014
National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) is proud to announce its newest sponsor, the National Rifle Association. Through its dedication to conservation and wildlife management for nearly 150 years, the NRA is America’s longest-standing civil rights organization and has helped tens of millions experience the joys of outdoor sports.
“We are extremely happy to have the NRA as a sponsor,” said Misty Mitchell, director of Conservation for Wonders of Wildlife. “The storied organization has built a tradition on defending the efforts of sportsmen, and that includes conservation efforts. We look forward to a great relationship with NRA for years to come.”
National Hunting and Fishing Day is set-aside for sportsmen to celebrate those conservation efforts. Each year, NHF Day is set to take place on the fourth Saturday in September. This year NHF Day falls on September 27.
“As the number one organization for hunters in the United States, the NRA celebrates the sportsmen and women who live the outdoor lifestyle and are so important to conservation and wildlife management efforts,” said Executive Director of NRA General Operations Kyle Weaver. “National Hunting and Fishing Day’s opportunities to learn about and experience traditional outdoor sports help prepare future generations to enjoy and responsibly use our country’s natural resources.”
American country music star, award-winning TV host and former soldier Craig Morgan is stepping forward to help promote NHF Day. He has been slated to serve as the honorary chairman for National Hunting and Fishing Day. Morgan follows a long line of sportsmen and women dedicated to the outdoors and conservation.
Morgan is well known as an avid outdoorsman and also takes pride in serving others. He has made eleven overseas tours to entertain our troops and received the 2006 USO Merit Award for his tireless support of our U.S. soldiers and their families. The Tennessee native is also host of the award-winning “Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors,” on the Outdoor Channel. The high-octane hit reality show gives viewers an all access, backstage pass to Morgan’s travels as he and his crew pursue big thrills and big laughs across the globe in a quest for the ultimate outdoor adventure.
The first to suggest an official day of thanks to sportsmen was Ira Joffe, owner of Joffe’s Gun Shop in Upper Darby, Pa. In 1970, Pennsylvania Gov. Raymond Shafer adopted Joffe’s idea and created “Outdoor Sportsman’s Day” in the state. The concept soon emerged on the floor of the U.S. Senate, and in June 1971, Sen. Thomas McIntyre, N.H., introduced Joint Resolution 117 authorizing National Hunting and Fishing Day on the fourth Saturday of every September. Rep. Bob Sikes, Fla., introduced an identical measure in the House. In early 1972, Congress unanimously passed both bills.
The list of sponsors for National Hunting and Fishing Day 2014 includes Wonders of Wildlife, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Bass Pro Shops, Realtree, Yamaha, GunBroker.com, Izaak Walton League, Ducks Unlimited, Limit Out Production, Scout, National Wild Turkey Federation, Smith & Wesson, Outdoor Channel, and the National Rifle Association.
For more information, visit http://www.nhfday.org.
Blue Heron Communications
Logo courtesy National Hunting and Fishing Day