MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 23, 2011 - Tomorrow marks the 40th Anniversary of National Hunting and Fishing Day, a day to recognize sportsmen and women for their contributions to conservation. Ducks Unlimited, which was founded by hunters in 1937, is encouraging sportsmen everywhere to celebrate the day and take pride in their achievements for conservation.
"Nobody does more for wildlife and habitat than North America’s sportsmen and women,” said Dale Hall, CEO of Ducks Unlimited. “On behalf of Ducks Unlimited, I’d like to thank America’s sportsmen, not only for founding and supporting DU, but for founding and supporting the entire conservation movement in North America."
Hunters and anglers have historically funded a majority of conservation efforts throughout North America. Sportsmen in the United States generate more than $1.7 billion per year, benefiting all who appreciate wildlife and wild places.
National Hunting and Fishing Day was formalized by Congress in 1972, making the fourth Saturday of every September a day to remember the conservation leadership of hunters and anglers. For more information about NHF Day and events taking place near you, visit www.nhfday.org and check out the NHF Day Facebook page.
Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.