Annual celebration set for Sept. 23

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (July 6, 2017) – The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is continuing its sponsorship of National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day). NHF Day brings together sportsmen and women to celebrate the rich tradition of fishing and hunting with national, state, regional and local organizations hosting fishing- and hunting-related events.

“The National Wild Turkey Federation dedication to hunting extends far beyond turkeys,” said Misty Mitchell, director of Conservation for Wonders of Wildlife. “They work each day to help secure the future of hunting and their support for NHF Day is just one of the ways they focus their efforts to get people outdoors and promote hunting and conservation. We are fortunate to have such a group on board for another year.”

The NWTF was founded in 1973 where there were approximately 1.5 million turkeys in North America. Through their efforts to secure habitat, turkeys are now widespread with an approximately population of 7 million turkeys. The group has improved more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat and introduced 100,000 people to the outdoors.

“We are proud to continue our sponsorship of National Hunting and Fishing Day,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “Promoting our hunting heritage to recruit and introduce individuals to the outdoors is important to reaching our Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative goals and is critical to the future of conservation in this country.”

Congress established National Hunting and Fishing Day to recognize hunters and anglers for their leadership in fish and wildlife conservation. Since launching in 1971, each fourth Saturday in September is set aside as NHF Day. This year’s NHF Day is set for September 23 with NASCAR legend Richard Childress serving as honorary chairman.

NHF Day’s official home is at the Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield, Missouri. Both entities share the goal of strengthening the image of hunting, shooting and fishing. NHF Day is one of the most effective grassroots campaigns to promote hunters, anglers and the conservation of wildlife and habitat. Each year, thousands of people participate in NHF Day events across the country to commemorate the foundation of conservation through fishing and hunting.

NHF Day is made possible through the sponsorship and generous support of these well-respected companies and brands: National Shooting Sports Foundation, Bass Pro Shops, Yamaha, NRA, Realtree, GunBroker, Ducks Unlimited, NWTF, Cabela’s, Keep America Fishing, Thompson Center, Izaak Walton League, My Outdoor TV, and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.

To learn more about NHF Day, please visit http://www.nhfday.org/.