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National Hunting and Fishing Day sponsored by several OWAA Supporting Gropus

This year, National Hunting and Fishing Day will take place on Sept. 22, 2012. Among those sponsoring the event are several OWAA Supporting Groups: National Shooting Sports Foundation, Bass Pro Shops, Smith & Wesson, Sportsman Channel, Yamaha, Ducks Unlimited and Izaak Walton League of America.
These sponsorships helps support the Wonders of Wildlife museum, the official home of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The Springfield, Mo., facility oversees educational initiatives to help the American public understand the indelible relationship between hunting, angling, healthy habitat, and wildlife and fisheries conservation.
“NHF Day is built for sportsmen for their continued support of conservation,” said Misty Mitchell of Wonders of Wildlife. “People tend to forget that these activities pay the bills for conserving the wildlife resources that we all cherish. With the sponsorship[s] … we are better positioned to educate the people that hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors.”
Each year National Hunting and Fishing Day chooses an honorary chairperson, and this year NASCAR Sprint Cup driver/owner Tony Stewart is serving in that capacity and will deliver the message of NHFD.
As the driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Stewart has won 12 driving championships, including three Sprint Cup Series titles, in a career spanning more than three decades.
Stewart is a champion off the racetrack as much as he is on, and has been recognized for his philanthropic efforts via his Tony Stewart Foundation, which raises funds for distribution to three specific groups: chronically ill children, drivers injured in motorsports activities, and organizations dedicated to the protection of various animal species.
In 1972, Congress formalized National Hunting and Fishing Day to remind the public that conservation depends on funding and leadership from hunters and anglers. Every president from Richard Nixon through Barack Obama has issued official proclamations of support for the annual commemoration, now recognized as one of the most effective grassroots campaigns ever undertaken to promote traditional outdoor sports.
For more information about NHF Day, visit www.nhfday.org.
National Shooting Sports Foundation, Bass Pro Shops, Smith & Wesson, Sportsman Channel, Yamaha, Ducks Unlimited, Izaak Walton League of America

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