LITTLE ROCK – Plans are underway at several Arkansas Game and Fish Commission facilities to observe National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, Sept. 22. The nationwide celebration seeks to provide opportunity for every outdoors man, woman and child to extend a natural invitation to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to step outside and share the values and the fun of the outdoors.
In Arkansas, activities will center on events at the Dr. James E. Moore Jr. Camp Robinson Firing Range
east of Mayflower, Jonesboro’s Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center
, Fort Smith’s Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center
and Little Rock’s Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center
NHF Day events around the country provide opportunities for outdoor-oriented people and urbanites alike to learn more about outdoor skills and activities, many offering hands-on events for archery, firearms and muzzleloader shooting, fishing, canoeing, cooking or duck calling. Wildlife art and taxidermy, dog training, hunter and/or wildlife education and outdoor skills enhancement for camping, hiking, bird watching and photography can be found at most events.
Congress and President Richard Nixon established NHF Day to recognize generations of hunters and anglers for the time and money they have donated to wildlife conservation programs. In the years since then, NHF Day has celebrated with thousands of special events organized by sportsmen's clubs, conservation groups and state wildlife agencies – together introducing many millions of Americans to hunting and fishing while highlighting their vital role in conservation.