From uscode.house.gov, Joint Resolution, Public Law 92-285:
In 1972, Congress resolved, “That the President of the United States declare the fourth Saturday of September 1972 as ‘National Hunting and Fishing Day’ to provide that deserved national recognition, to recognize the esthetic, health and recreational virtues of hunting and fishing, to dramatize the continued need for gun and boat safety and to rededicate ourselves to the conservation and respectful use of our wildlife and natural resources.”
From The American Presidency Project, Proclamation 10262—National Hunting and Fishing Day, 2021: “On National Hunting and Fishing Day, we celebrate the time-honored traditions of hunting and fishing and their role in providing people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to enjoy the great American outdoors. From the earliest days of our Nation, hunting and fishing have instilled respect for our long-cherished natural resources and American ethic of conservation. Passed on through generations, these beloved pastimes bring families, friends, and neighbors together to bond in the spirit of sportsmanship, cultivate respect for our lands, waters, and wildlife, and provide peaceful sanctuary amid our Nation's natural wonders.”
Source: 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, & Wildlife-Associated Recreation (FHWAR).
The survey has been conducted since 1955 and is one of the oldest and most comprehensive continuing recreation surveys. The survey collects information on the number of anglers, hunters and wildlife watchers — how often they participate and how much they spend on their activities in the United States. This report, the 13th in the series, runs 144 pages and includes 46 tables.
Note: Click on the images above for the full Quick Facts brochure from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Source: 2021 Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll (ASPEP).