“If you participate in outdoor activities, such as hunting, fishing or wildlife watching, or if you have an interest in these activities, but don’t know how to get started, you will want to attend one of these events,” said Dan Forster, director of the Wildlife Resources Division. “There will be a variety of things to do, and you will have knowledgeable staff and volunteers who simply want to help you have the best time possible and encourage you to take the activity beyond this one day.”
U.S. Congress and President Richard Nixon established this day in 1973 to recognize generations of hunters and anglers for the time and money they donate to wildlife conservation programs.
Events that will be offered in Georgia include five kids’ fishing events and five Outdoor Adventure Days (activities will differ at each event, but some highlights include archery and air rifle shooting, trout fishing, hunting dog demonstrations, wildlife programs, exhibits and more). These events are spread out across Georgia.
In addition to these events, a free fishing day is offered to all Georgia residents on 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 (PFAs). In addition, 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.
As part of their partnership with National Hunting and Fishing Day, Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. has donated a 2012 Yamaha Rhino 700 FI (approximate retail value $11,499) that one lucky outdoorsman will win. Enter at nhfday.org.
For more information on NHF Day in Georgia, including a complete listing of all events in the state, visit georgiawildlife.com/get-involved/nhfday.