September 28th Proclaimed Hunting and Fishing Day
Governor Mark R. Warner has officially declared Saturday, September 28, 2002, as Hunting & Fishing Day throughout the Commonwealth. In the Certificate of Recognition Governor Warner acknowledges that hunting and fishing foster a deep and abiding respect for our natural resources and build awareness of our role as stewards of our precious land and water. The designation further recognizes the significant contributions that hunters and anglers make to Virginia's economy and that hunting and fishing are long-standing traditions that connect generations of Virginians as well as communities and friends together. In addition, the Resolution cites hunting and fishing as integral parts of science-based wildlife and fish population management.
The Commonwealth's Hunting & Fishing Day is part of the coast-to-coast celebration of National Hunting & Fishing Day, which was first established in 1972 by Congress to acknowledge and thank hunters and anglers for their conservation achievements. Revenue from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses is the primary source of funding for wildlife management and restoration programs, habitat improvement and general conservation efforts.
It is the mission of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to manage Virginia's wildlife and inland fish to maintain optimum populations of all species to serve the needs of the Commonwealth; to provide opportunities for all to enjoy wildlife, inland fish, boating and related outdoor recreation; and to promote safety for persons and property in connection with boating, hunting and fishing. On Saturday, September 28, 2002, the Department encourages all Virginians to enjoy a day in the outdoors and to share in the stewardship and conservation of our wildlife resources.