September 26, 2020 is National Hunting and Fishing Day. While this year there will be no Outdoor Adventure Days or large gatherings due to COVID-19 concerns, the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division encourages you to get outdoors and actively participate in your favorite recreational activity.
Each day, millions of Americans work to conserve and improve our natural resources—they are America's hunters and anglers. The U.S. Congress and President Nixon established National Hunting and Fishing Day in 1972 to recognize these generations of hunters and anglers for the time and money, more than a billion dollars each year, they donate to wildlife conservation programs. More on the history of this event.
Conserving the states natural and wildlife resources is one of the most important responsibilities for this and future generations and the conservation programs supported and financed by Georgia hunters and anglers have benefited hundreds of wildlife species, including deer, wild turkeys, bald eagles and songbirds for all Georgians to enjoy. View the NHF Day slide presentation!
One of the best ways all of us can create a better public understanding of hunting and fishing is to create a better public awareness of the important role that hunters and anglers have played in conservation and improving our natural resources. Together with hunting and fishing license fees, federal aid programs have funded game animals and sport fish conservation, habitat acquisition and outdoor recreation opportunities both in Georgia and throughout the country.
In celebration of this special day, be sure to take someone (especially young people) outside and introduce them to a whole new world of enjoyment through hunting, hiking, birdwatching, fishing or another outdoor activity.
Georgia offers a Free Fishing Day in honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day on September 26, 2020. On this day, residents do NOT need a fishing license or a trout license to fish on any public waters in the state including lakes, streams, ponds and public fishing areas.