HARRISBURG, Pa. (September 22) – The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) are pleased to join other fish and wildlife conservation organizations across the country in recognizing the 50e Anniversary of National Hunting and Fishing Day this Saturday, September 24, 2022!
“The forests, fields, rivers and lakes, the wildlife and fish that call them home, and the hundreds of thousands of hunters and anglers who take every opportunity to enjoy Penn’s Woods are some of the things that make Pennsylvania so special,” said PGC Executive. Director Bryan Burhans. “Hunting, trapping and fishing are as important here as they are anywhere, and on this golden anniversary of National Fish and Game Day, there’s no better time to celebrate that fact.”
“With 86,000 miles of water to enjoy, Pennsylvania is truly a fishing paradise that can be enjoyed every season of the year,” said PFBC executive director Tim Schaeffer. “While seasoned anglers and boaters already know there is something for everyone, the future of our sport depends on involving new people to share our outdoor traditions and our passion for conservation. So the next time you plan to cast a line on your favorite wild or stocked trout stream, venture out to our beautiful rivers and lakes for big bass, catfish or walleye; test your skills. with rainbow trout or muskellunge; or go fishing on a frozen lake for sunfish in the winter – bring a friend. room for everyone.”
To commemorate the 50e Anniversary of National Game and Fish Day, Burhans and Schaeffer both appeared as guests on the PGC Call of the outdoors podcast and spoke about the importance of recruiting new participants to outdoor activities and practicing conservation through hunting and fishing. The podcast is available for listening and downloading at CalloftheOutdoorsPGC.com.
The public is invited to participate in several events held on National Fish and Game Day, including the annual PGC celebration at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Lancaster County, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event will feature over 30 sports and wildlife organizations, exhibits, vendors, live demonstrations and educational hunting and fishing programs. A list of other events that can take place across Pennsylvania is available on line.
A proclamation from Governor Tom Wolf recognizing Game and Fish Day in Pennsylvania said that “Hunting and fishing continue to be an integral part of the cultural fabric of
communities across the state and in recent years have offered an increasing number of participants an opportunity to connect with nature on a personal level while simultaneously offering food security, a sense of self-sufficiency, and mental and physical health benefits.”
The Governor’s proclamation also recognized that “To date, the Game Commission and the Fish and Boat Commission are funded primarily by sportspeople through this American conservation funding system: a user-pays-public benefits approach that is widely recognized as the most successful fish and wildlife management in the world.”
Wolf credited the state’s hunters, trappers and anglers as among the first in the nation to support the creation of fish and wildlife conservation agencies and to pioneer a federal excise tax. self-imposed on hunting, fishing and boating equipment to raise additional conservation funds. . The proclamation recognized that in 2021, more than 1.8 million Pennsylvania hunters and anglers generated approximately $1 billion to support fish and wildlife conservation efforts.
The PGC and CBFP make it easy for individuals and families to get involved in hunting and fishing through a host of programs, educational resources, and tools to connect with the local lands and waters available on pgc.pa.gov and Fishandboat.com.
To purchase a hunting or fishing license in Pennsylvania, customers can visit the PGC or PFBC websites to log into the HuntFishPA Licensing System (huntfish.pa.gov) or visit over 700 retail licensing agents.
Hunters and anglers are reminded to keep safety in mind this fall by wearing safety harnesses and life jackets. Every year in Pennsylvania, countless hunters are injured or die from falling trees. If every hunter wore a full body harness properly attached to a tree at all times while hunting or climbing, 100% of serious falls to the ground could be eliminated. We remind anglers, boaters and hunters that from November 1 to April 30, when the waters are very cold, the wearing of a life jacket is mandatory for everyone on board most small watercraft, including all kayaks and canoes. Each year, approximately 80% of victims involved in fatal boating accidents were not wearing a lifejacket.
National Game and Fish Day was established by Congress in 1971. For more information, visit Nhfday.org.
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