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I urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in insuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations.

US President Richard Nixon, May 2, 1972

History of National Hunting and Fishing Day

National Hunting and Fishing Day (also called NHF), is celebrated to bring sportspeople together and enjoy their rich tradition of hunting, fishing and target shooting. This day was launched in 1971 by the United States Congress and has continued to be recognized each year.

In 1972, US President Richard Nixon signed the inaugural proclamation for hunting and fishing day. His words included encouragement for all people to join with sportsmen and women to be wise and effective in their use and management of the earth’s natural resources.

Since that time, the Johnny Morris Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri has gotten involved as the host and the official home of the day.

National Hunting and Fishing Day is always observed on a Saturday so that most people can have the day off to enjoy their adventures in fishing and hunting. And this is the perfect time to get started on the festivities and celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day!

How to Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day

Naturally, National Hunting and Fishing Day can be celebrated with a wide variety of outdoor activities that bring the joy and care of nature to the forefront. Try out some of these ideas:

Join an NHF Event

Look around community postings to see what kind of events might be held locally in honor of NHF day. In addition, it’s easy to check out the National Hunting and Fishing Day website to get information on various places where events are being held in honor of the day.

One of the largest celebrations for this day can be found at the New York State’s Sportsman’s Day, which is a two day event that is open to everyone. This hunting and fishing event offers the opportunity for those who might be newer or novices at outdoor activities to try them out, learn more about them and see how much fun they can be!

Visit the Wildlife Museum

One great way to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day is to visit its official home which is located in the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium that is located in Springfield, Missouri. This museum has been voted America’s Best Aquarium for several years, an honor chosen by USA Today.

The biggest and most immersive attraction for fish and wildlife, this destination allows kids and adults alike to visit and enjoy all sorts of wonders of the earth with wildlife galleries and all sorts of creatures from under the sea. Families who live nearby can enjoy signing up for an annual membership with special discounts.

Founded by conservationists and located next to the national headquarters for Bass Pro Shop, this campus is quite the experience for those interested in celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day.

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