NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY - Fourth Saturday in September

National Hunting and Fishing Day – Fourth Saturday in September


Each year National Hunting and Fishing Day occurs on the fourth Saturday in September. The day recognizes the conservationists and preservationists found in those who hunt and fish across the country. 

For those who enjoy hunting and fishing, doing so responsibly is important. Following safety guidelines keeps them and others safe. However, they also strive to keep their hobbies alive. To do so, they follow the laws and guidelines put in place for each season. 

Every year, limits fluctuate depending on the population of birds, fish, and other game. At times, the population is so high, there’s a need to reduce an invasive species. Other species require careful regulation to prevent overhunting and fishing. 

While hunting or fishing, many enjoy the beauty of nature. They explore areas of the country they may not normally see. Wilderness brings families together or friends for bonding time. Hunting and fishing are about respect for the land, the habitat, and each other, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE #HuntingAndFishingDay

Take the day to go out hunting or fishing. Be safe. Follow posted guidelines and hunt within the season. Share your experiences and enjoy the great outdoors. While you’re out, be sure to take an active role in teaching future generations. Use #HuntingAndFishingDay to post on social media.


The day dates back to the 1960s. In 1972, by Senate Joint Resolution 117, Congress requested the President to declare the fourth Saturday of September 1972 as National Hunting and Fishing Day. On May 2 of the same year, President Richard Nixon signed proclamation 4128 designating the observance to occur the Fourth Saturday in September.


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