Georgia Governor Perdue Signs Proclamation for 37th Annual National Hunting &Fishing Day

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Visit the National Hunting and Fishing Day WebsiteIn celebration of the passion for the outdoors that you share with 64 million other Americans, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division encourages you to get out and participate in one of the many activities that will be held in honor of the 2008 National Hunting and Fishing day. Governor Sonny Perdue recently signed a proclamation in honor of the conservation efforts led by America’s hunters and anglers, recognizing Saturday, Sept. 27 as NHF day in Georgia, noting the plans underway for a statewide celebration.

Events that will be offered in Georgia include SEVEN Outdoor Adventure Days (activities will differ at each event – but some highlights include birdhouse building, archery and air rifle shooting, trout fishing, hunting dog demonstrations, exhibits and more), kids’ fishing events, a “day at the range” and much more!

In addition to these events, a free fishing day is offered to all Georgia residents on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008. 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 (PFA). In addition, residents do not need to obtain a wildlife management area (WMA) license to fish on a PFA, WMA or on Waters Creek on this day.

The U.S. Congress and President Nixon established National Hunting and Fishing Day 37 years ago to recognize generations of hunters and anglers for the time and money – more than a billion dollars each year – they donate to wildlife conservation programs. According to the proclamation signed by Governor Perdue, conserving the state’s 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.

For more information on NHF Day in Georgia – including a complete listing of events in the state visit www.georgiawildlife.com , and then select “Get Involved.”