National Hunting and Fishing Day


WHEREAS, Virginia has a rich tradition of hunting and angling; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s sportsmen and women were among the first conservationists to support the establishment of Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to conserve fish, wildlife, natural habitats, and to support license fees to help fund efforts to provide for sustainable natural resources; and

WHEREAS, upon realizing that license fees alone were insufficient to restore and sustain healthy fish and wildlife populations, sportsmen and women supported excise taxes on hunting, fishing, and boating equipment to raise additional conservation funds; and

WHEREAS, to this day, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is funded primarily by sportsmen and women through the American System of Conservation Funding - a “user pay – public benefit” approach that is widely recognized as the most successful system of fish and wildlife management in the world; and

WHEREAS, last year alone, Virginia’s sportsmen and women generated $75,902,873 through this system to support the conservation efforts of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries;

WHEREAS, Virginia’s more than 1.2 million hunters and anglers support the Commonwealth’s economy through spending more than $2.38 billion while engaged in their pursuits; and

WHEREAS, this spending supports over 39,000 jobs in Virginia and generates $242 million in state and local taxes; and

WHEREAS, National Hunting and Fishing Day was established in 1972 to celebrate and recognize hunters and anglers for their immense contributions to fish and wildlife conservation, and to our society;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 24, 2016, as NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.