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National Hunting and Fishing Day: September 23, 2023

Press Release Number CB23-SFS.136

From uscode.house.gov, Joint Resolution, Public Law 92-285:

In 1972, Congress resolved, “That the President of the United States declare the fourth Saturday of September 1972 as ‘National Hunting and Fishing Day’ to provide that deserved national recognition, to recognize the esthetic, health and recreational virtues of hunting and fishing, to dramatize the continued need for gun and boat safety and to rededicate ourselves to the conservation and respectful use of our wildlife and natural resources.”

From The American Presidency Project, Proclamation 10453—National Hunting and Fishing Day, 2022, “Every year, tens of millions of Americans take to the great outdoors to hunt and fish. These time-honored traditions offer opportunities for sport and leisure, put food on our tables, and bring families and friends together. They embody the American spirit of adventure and resourcefulness and inspire gratitude for the beauty and bounty of our natural world. On National Hunting and Fishing Day, we celebrate America's hunters and anglers for strengthening our communities and recommit ourselves to conserving lands and waters so future generations can enjoy these beloved pastimes.”

Key Stats

Source: 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (FHWAR).

The survey has been conducted since 1955 and is one of the oldest and most comprehensive continuing recreation surveys. It collects information on the number of anglers, hunters and wildlife watchers — how often they participate in  and how much they spend on their activities in the United States. This report, the 13th in the series, runs 144 pages and includes 46 tables. Note: The next survey is being conducted by NORC and will cover the year 2022.



Note: Click on the images above for the full Quick Facts brochure from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

More Stats

Source: Quarterly Services Survey (QSS) (2009-2023)

Source: 2021 County Business Patterns (CBP), Geography Area Series.  

  • NAICS 114, Fishing, Hunting and Trapping
  • NAICS 1141, Fishing
  • NAICS 1142, Hunting and Trapping
  • NAICS 42391, Sporting and Recreational Goods and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • NAICS 71393, Marinas

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