Each day, 71 million Americans are working to conserve and improve our natural resources. They are America's hunters and anglers. Governor Roy Barnes recently signed a proclamation endorsing Saturday, Sept. 22 as National Hunting & Fishing (NHF) Day in Georgia. This year marks the 30th annual observance of this special day and plans are underway for a nationwide celebration. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) has over 30 activities, including kids fishing events, sight-in days at shooting ranges and hunting/fishing demonstrations, planned across the state and encourages everyone who loves the outdoors to attend one - and be sure to bring a friend!
"There is no better way to explain the sportsman's role in conservation than to show off the end results - clean air, fresh water, abundant habitat and thriving wildlife," says WRD Director David Waller. "These results were fought for - and paid for - almost exclusively by sportsmen and women."
The U.S. Congress and President Nixon established National Hunting and Fishing Day 30 years ago by to recognize generations of hunters and anglers for the time and money, more than a billion dollars each year, they donate to wildlife conservation programs. According to the proclamation signed by Governor Barnes, conserving the state's natural and wildlife resources is one of the most important responsibilities for this and future generations and the conservation programs supported and financed by Georgia hunters and anglers have benefited hundreds of wildlife species, including deer, wild turkeys, bald eagles and songbirds for all Georgians to enjoy.
NHF Day events around the state provide opportunities for everyone to learn more about outdoor skills and activities. Some examples of NHF Day Georgia events include: sight-in days at shooting ranges, tours of trout hatcheries, archery events, kids fishing events and an adult/child dove hunt.
In addition to other events, a free fishing day is offered to all Georgia residents on Saturday, Sept. 22. On this day residents do not need a fishing license or a trout license to fish on any public waters in the state including lakes, streams, ponds and public fishing areas (PFA). Residents do not need to obtain a wildlife management area (WMA) license to fish on a PFA, WMA or on Waters Creek on this day. For more information on NHF Day events in Georgia, visit the WRD website at www.georgiawildlife.com  or call (770) 918-6400. For more information on nationwide events, visit the NHF Day website at www.nhfday .