National Hunting & Fishing Day

September 23, 2023, is National Hunting and Fishing Day.

10 events are available to celebrate NHF Day. Check out the schedule and find one near you!

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 3 Free Fishing Days in honor of National Fishing and Boating Week and National Hunting and Fishing Day on June 3, June 10, and September 23, 2023. 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.