Media Contact: Geoff Cantrell, Public Information Officer
RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 22, 2011) – Gov. Beverly Perdue has proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 as Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina, recognizing both the economic and conservation contributions of sportsmen.
“Whereas, the State of North Carolina recognizes that hunters and anglers were the first conservationists, and they support and promote conservation, which benefits all natural resources and habitats, through volunteer efforts and financial support; while their activities are an economic engine that supports upwards of 29,000 jobs and $818 million in paychecks in the state,” the proclamation states. Read the entire proclamation.
National Hunting and Fishing Day was created by Congress to celebrate the conservation achievements of hunters and anglers that benefit everyone who appreciates wildlife and the outdoors.
“We need, and conservation needs, young people to be involved in hunting and fishing,” said Gordon Myers, executive director of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “And since outdoor activities make for healthier, happier individuals, more young people need to be hunting and fishing.”
Attend one of seven family-oriented events supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and learn about fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation in North Carolina. Through interactive activities and demonstrations, participants can connect with nature and test their outdoor skills. Some of the activities, which vary for each event, include:
• Shooting a bow and arrow and BB gun;
• Seeing live animals, such as reptiles, amphibians and raptors;
• Outdoors cooking;
• Tracking and game recovery;
• Learning more about North Carolina’s hunting heritage.
The National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina activities are just a one-day example of year-round efforts by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to educate, encourage and involve people in hunting and fishing. The Wildlife Commission offers free hunter education courses, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops, youth hunts, disabled sportsmen and mobility impaired hunting and fishing opportunities, and a fishing tackle loaner program. For more information on these opportunities and more, go to http://www.ncwildlife.org/.