Be a mentor, teach someone to hunt, fish or shoot and enter to win NASCAR or Ultimate Outdoor prizes!
Before National Hunting and Fishing Day arrives September 23, you can do something special for conservation by mentoring a young (or older) person in hunting, fishing or target shooting.
Pledge to do that now, and you’ll be accepting a challenge from NASCAR Legend Richard Childress, honorary chairman for the event and passionate outdoorsman.
"If you are a sportsman, sportswoman or an angler, you can make a difference and support National Hunting and Fishing Day by becoming a mentor," Childress said.
"Mentoring is critical to ensure our outdoor tradition lives on through future generations. Make the commitment to take someone outdoors and show them why you value hunting, fishing and target shooting.
“Today fewer people are connecting with nature through hunting and fishing,” he added.
“As outdoorsmen and women, we are one of the keys to reversing this trend. Help a friend, family member, neighbor or coworker learn how to hunt, fish or shoot. Introducing someone to the joys of the outdoors not only enriches their life, it creates a future conservationist.”
Every new hunter and angler helps fund conservation when they purchase a firearm, ammunition, archery equipment or fishing tackle, and contribute to habitat conservation and science-based wildlife management through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) program.
The WSFR is the cornerstone of fish and wildlife conservation in North America because it brings funding from the sporting arms, archery and fishing industries and sportsmen and women back to state wildlife management agencies.
These monies, in addition to hunting and fishing license fees, are critical for conserving fish and wildlife across America.
Over 100 years ago, hunters and anglers were the earliest and most vocal supporters of conservation and scientific wildlife management. They were the first to recognize that rapid development and unregulated uses of wildlife were threatening the future of many species.
Led by fellow sportsman President Theodore Roosevelt, these early conservationists called for the first laws restricting the commercial slaughter of wildlife.
They urged sustainable use of fish and game, created hunting and fishing licenses, and lobbied for taxes on sporting equipment to provide funds for state conservation agencies.
These actions were the foundation of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model, a science-based, user-pay system that would foster the most dramatic conservation successes of all time.
Populations of white-tailed deer, elk, antelope, wild turkey, wood ducks and many other species began to recover from decades of unregulated exploitation.
In 1972 Congress set aside the fourth Saturday of every September as National Hunting and Fishing Day. It honors the most effective grassroots efforts ever undertaken to promote outdoor sports and conservation. Mentors who pledge this year to take someone hunting, target shooting or fishing will continue the historic conservation work.
In 2017, mentors can also be entered for a chance to win an amazing prize package.
The first grand prize is two HOT passes to a future NASCAR race, which includes pit and garage passes, garage and team hauler tours, and an opportunity to meet team owner Richard Childress.
The second grand prize package is a trip to America’s Conservation Capital, Missouri’s Ozark Mountains. A passion of Bass Pro Shops founder and Ozarks native Johnny Morris, the destination spans multiple properties and thousands of unspoiled acres.
The package includes a two-night stay in a log cabin at Big Cedar Lodge, America’s premier wilderness resort, and nature-based excursions including guided bass fishing on 43,000-acre Table Rock Lake; Adventure Passes for the Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail and Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum at Top of the Rock; shotgun sports at Bass Pro Shops’ Outdoor Shooting Academy; and passes to Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, the largest, immersive wildlife attraction in the world, which opens September 21.
To get involved in the NHF Day Challenge as a mentor, call (417)225-116 or click here.
You can also register online by clicking here.