National Hunting and Fishing Day is the fourth Saturday in September, set aside each year to celebrate conservation efforts nationwide. Ducks Unlimited encourages all sportsmen and women to spend time outdoors and enjoy the day. This year’s National Hunting and Fishing Day is Sept. 23.
This year, Richard Childress, NASCAR legend and honorary chairman of NHF Day, is asking hunters and anglers to participate in the new NHF Day Challenge by taking someone hunting, fishing or target shooting. By pledging to introduce to the outdoors between now and Sept. 23, participants will be eligible to win a Richard Childress Racing VIP race weekend package or Bass Pro Shops’ Ultimate Outdoor Experience in Springfield, Missouri.
“Today fewer people are connecting with nature through hunting and fishing,” said Childress. “As outdoorsmen and women, we are one of the keys to reversing this trend. Help a friend, family member, neighbor or co-worker learn how to hunt, fish or shoot. Introducing someone to the joys of the outdoors not only enriches their life, it creates a future conservationist.”
The first grand prize is two HOT passes to a future NASCAR race, including pit and garage passes, garage and team hauler tours, and an opportunity to meet team owner Richard Childress. The second grand prize package includes a two-night cabin stay at Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains in Missouri; guided fishing trip on Table Rock Lake; adventure passes to Top of the Rock Ozarks Heritage Preserve Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail and Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum; Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Shooting Academy; and the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, opening September 2017 in Springfield, Missouri. Restrictions and regulations apply, so see sweepstakes entry for details.
“Ducks Unlimited is committed to conserving critical waterfowl habitat across North America, and the success of this mission would not be possible without DU’s army of volunteers, the vast majority of whom are hunters, anglers and outdoorsmen,” said DU CEO Dale Hall. “We are honored to work with Richard Childress in support National Hunting and Fishing Day and to commemorate the important contributions of sportsmen to America’s economy and outdoor heritage. By taking someone hunting, fishing or target shooting, you are encouraging the next generation of conservationists.”
Each new hunter and angler created helps fund conservation. Every time someone buys a firearm, ammunition, archery equipment or fishing tackle, they contribute to habitat conservation and science-based wildlife management through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) program. The WSFR is the cornerstone of fish and wildlife conservation in North America because it brings funding from the sporting arms, archery and fishing industries, as well as sportsmen and women, back to state wildlife management agencies. These monies, in addition to hunting and fishing license fees, are critical for conserving fish and wildlife across our nation.
For more information about the NHF Day Challenge, visit NHF Day Challenge or call (417) 225-1162.