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National Hunting & Fishing Day Is Saturday, September 28

Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 12:09 AM

Posted by Joanne Bauer

Smallmouth BassHARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is pleased to join with other fish and wildlife conservation agencies across the country to recognize Saturday, September 28, 2019 as National Hunting and Fishing Day.

“As Pennsylvanians, we’re fortunate to have access to quality, year-round, fishing opportunities,” said Tim Schaeffer, PFBC Executive Director. “This day is a celebration of our long-standing outdoor traditions and should motivate us to put even more effort into conserving, protecting and enhancing our beloved aquatic resources for future generations to enjoy.”

proclamation from Governor Tom Wolf recognizing National Hunting and Fishing Day stated that “Pennsylvania has a rich and storied tradition of hunting and angling that dates back further than the state itself and carries forward to this day.”

The Governor’s proclamation also credited the state’s sportsmen and women as being among the first in the nation to support the establishment of fish and wildlife conservation agencies and pioneering a self-imposed excise tax on hunting, fishing and boating equipment to raise additional conservation funds. The proclamation recognized that more than 1.4 million Pennsylvania hunters and anglers contribute to the state’s economy through more than $1.5 billion in annual spending, and support more than 24,000 jobs, creating $181 million in state and local taxes.

Similarly, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a resolution which noted that “Conserving this Commonwealth’s wildlife and natural resources continues to be one of the most important responsibilities owed to future generations,” and encouraged all Pennsylvanians to participate in the activities associated with National Hunting and Fishing Day.

The PFBC makes it easy for individuals and families to get involved in fishing and boating through a wealth of programs and educational resources available at

To purchase a Pennsylvania fishing license, visit or more than 700 license issuing agents.

National Hunting and Fishing Day was established by Congress in 1971. For more information, visit

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