September 23, 2017, marks the 45th consecutive National Hunting and Fishing Day, an annual event that celebrates outdoor sports and recognizes the contributions of hunters and anglers to conservation and the preservation of public lands.
Fishing Fact: Anglers spend more than $1 billion each year on bait alone.
Whether you are a first-time hunter or a seasoned sportsman or woman, there’s no better place for a hunt than on America’s public lands. Pass down family tradition, enjoy the outdoors and maybe bag the big one on your next hunting trip.
This weekend’s festivities come on the heels of a week in which Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed into law an order to expand access to public lands and increase opportunities for hunting and outdoor recreation nationwide.
Groups such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation applauded the decision. “Secretary Zinke’s action follows in the great tradition of President Teddy Roosevelt and recognizes the central role that hunters play in conservation and successful wildlife management,” noted Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel.
Hunting Fact: Americans hunt 228 million days per year.
Enjoy the video above for an epic taste of what it means to hunt from outdoorsman Donnie Vincent, plus tell us in the comments section what your plans are for the weekend hunt or fishing expedition!