RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 23, 2016) — Gov. Pat McCrory has proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 as Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina, recognizing both the economic and conservation contributions of sportsmen.
“Hunting and fishing helps improve the health of North Carolinians by providing alternative outdoor activity and supporting the state’s economy by directly impacting an estimated 29,000 jobs and $1.7 billion in income,” 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.
“Hunters and anglers are among our state’s most ardent conservationists,” said Gordon Myers, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s executive director. “They help supply billions in funding and help protect and improve critical habitat and wildlife resources for current and future generations to enjoy. Hunting and Fishing Day is a perfect opportunity for individuals of all ages to get together and celebrate North Carolina’s incredible array of outdoor resources.”
The Commission is presenting seven family-oriented events across the state to support National Hunting and Fishing Day and to promote public interest in 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:
• Air rifle ranges
• Reptile and amphibian exhibits
• Raptor exhibits
• Outdoor cooking
• Tracking and game recovery
The National Hunting and Fishing Day activities in North Carolina are just a one-day example of year-round efforts by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission aimed at educating, encouraging and involving people in hunting and fishing. The 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.