Contact(s): Jim Dick, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has declared Saturday September 23 as Hunting and Fishing Day in Wisconsin to coincide with National Hunting and Fishing Day across the country.
This day is dedicated to learning and sharing the great Wisconsin traditions of hunting and fishing. We celebrate the day by recognizing the valuable role anglers and hunters play in conservation and maintaining wildlife.
It's also a day to get outdoors and enjoy fishing or hunting now that several fall hunting seasons are underway and share that experience with someone new to sport of fishing or hunting. You may even be able to catch, harvest or bag something healthy you can turn into a hardy meal by the end of the day.
Created by an act of Congress in 1972, National Hunting and Fishing Day is also a time to make note of the fact that it's hunters and anglers who fund fish and wildlife management efforts in Wisconsin and other states.
"Hunters, anglers and shooting sports enthusiasts fund 90 percent of fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin through license fees and excise taxes, "says DNR Interim Secretary Kurt Thiede. "Even if you don't hunt or fish, this day is a good time to say thank you to those who do for their support of wildlife management efforts that help make the beauty of the outdoors possible for everyone."
Whether you're going outdoors this Saturday to hunt, fish or just take a quiet walk through the woods, share your pictures and videos with DNR on our Twitter account and Facebook page using the hashtags #WildWI and #MyFirstHunt. Or, if you have a favorite recipe for that catch or harvest, share that too.
"Just the simplicity of being outdoors is appealing," said DNR Chief Warden Todd Schaller. "Nature is the place to strengthen family ties and friendships, but remember to be safe out there when casting a line or hunting for game."