National Hunting And Fishing Day
A Guest Column by State Senator Joe Uecker
September 25, 2015
 
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This Saturday, September 26 marks the 43rd observation of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The day was first declared as “Outdoor Sportsman’s Day” in 1970, but President Nixon signed a proclamation in 1972 deeming it National Hunting and Fishing Day.
 
As co-chairman of the Ohio Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and member of the larger National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses network, I am proud to join my fellow legislators across the nation in celebrating this day and the value of such time-honored traditions as hunting and fishing. Ohio currently ranks 8th nationally in its economic impact from hunting and fishing and total sportsmen. The state's 1.56 million hunters and anglers spend $2.75 billion annually and support 46,825 jobs. 
 
Hunting and fishing continues to add to our vibrant economy. Federal legislation such as the Pittman-Robertson Act, the Dingell-Johnson Act, including the Wallop-Breaux amendments, have provided revenue to the Ohio Division of Wildlife. This year alone, the Pittman-Robertson Fund has contributed $17.2 million. The Dingell-Johnson Act has contributed $6.8 million, and that amount is projected to increase next year.
 
In 2015, Ohio sold nearly 400,000 hunting licenses and nearly 850,000 fishing licenses. However, these sportsmen  are not the only ones who can appreciate the many benefits hunting and angling can provide for Ohio.
 
This Saturday is a wonderful opportunity to honor the important role that Ohio sportsmen play in enhancing conservation efforts and growing the economy. The Ohio Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus thanks the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife for their tireless efforts promoting the many outdoor recreational pursuits in our great state.
 
Enjoy this special occasion and the vast opportunities to hunt and fish in Ohio. We will continue to work hard to ensure our outdoor sporting traditions are preserved for future generations. For more information on National Hunting and Fishing Day activities in Ohio, visit http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/calendar.

 
 
 
  
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