DU recognizes hunters and fishermen as backbone of habitat conservation
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Sept. 26, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008 and encourages others to join. DU was founded by waterfowl hunters in 1937 and has become the leader in wetland habitat conservation. Today, 90 percent of DU’s more than 650,000 members are waterfowl hunters who are making an effort to conserve habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife.
The National Hunting and Fishing Day got its start in 1972 after President Richard Nixon urged all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in ensuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations. Today, NHFD is celebrated on the fourth Saturday of every September and is designed to promote others to get involved in hunting and fishing.
Sportsmen are the backbone of modern day conservation and these are the people who are making a difference in conserving habitat. For the past 37 years, the day has served as a public reminder that hunters and anglers are America’s premier conservation supporters. Through licenses and excise taxes, they now generate $100,000 every 30 minutes for fish, wildlife and habitat programs—benefiting all citizens who appreciate wild things and wild places.
“Waterfowl hunters are DU’s foundation and sportsmen have always led the way in supporting conservation efforts throughout North America,” said Dr. Alan Wentz, DU Sr. Group Manager of Conservation, Communications and Marketing. “The future of hunting and fishing relies on getting people in the field and on the lake to experience what the outdoors has to offer. National Hunting and Fishing Day is a great opportunity to share the wonders of the outdoors and wildlife with others.”
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization with more than 12 million acres conserved. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands - nature’s most productive ecosystem - and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres each year.