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Save The Date: National Hunting and Fishing Day will be back! We are looking forward to celebrate our 50th National Hunting and Fishing Day together again on September 23, 2023 where we host special needs children for a day of fishing!

• The event will be held at Island Beach State Park, Area 21. Address:      IBSP, Rt. 35, Seaside Park, NJ 08752

• Entry fee into the park will be waived; just state you are there to participate in the NJBBA National Hunting &Fishing Day.

• Volunteers will meet at 8:00am where we will host Coffee and Donuts.

• When participants arrive we will serve refreshments till about 10am then proceed to the beach fishing till 12:00

• Break for lunch (our famous hot dog lunch with fixins’); after lunch we will fish till about 1:30

• We will host the Regional Day School from Jackson and any members with special needs children (beach wheelchairs can be made available upon request).

• All refreshments, bait and tackle are supplied by NJBBA however, donations are always welcome.

• We hope that members come out and volunteer for the day. It is such a rewarding day with the thought that you are doing something for others; it means a lot to them.

• Hope to see you there, For Information on our upcoming event stay tuned to our website,

If you have any questions feel free to call me at 856-881-1822 or email me at: Valerie Dzindzio #3937
Chairperson of NH&FD


History of National Hunting and Fishing Day

How a Good Idea Became a Great Tradition 

Over 100 years ago, hunters and anglers were the earliest and most vocal supporters of conservation and scientific wildlife management. They were the first to recognize that rapid development and unregulated uses of wildlife were threatening the future of many species. 

Led by fellow sportsman President Theodore Roosevelt, these early conservationists called for the first laws restricting the commercial slaughter of wildlife. They urged sustainable use of fish and game, created hunting and fishing licenses, and lobbied for taxes on sporting equipment to provide funds for state conservation agencies. These actions were the foundation of the North American wildlife conservation model, a science-based, user-pay system that would foster the most dramatic conservation successes of all time.

The first to suggest an official day of thanks to sportsmen was Ira Joffe, owner of Joffe's Gun Shop in Upper Darby, Pa. In 1970, Pennsylvania Gov. Raymond Shafer adopted Joffe's idea and created "Outdoor Sportsman's Day" in the state.

With determined prompting from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the concept soon emerged on the floor of the U.S. Senate. In June 1971, Sen. Thomas McIntyre, N.H., introduced Joint Resolution 117 authorizing National Hunting and Fishing Day on the fourth Saturday of every September. Rep. Bob Sikes, Fla., introduced an identical measure in the House. In early 1972, Congress unanimously passed both bills.

On May 2, 1972, President Nixon signed the first proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day, writing, "I urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in insuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations." 

By late summer, all 50 governors and over 600 mayors had joined in by proclaiming state and local versions of National Hunting and Fishing Day. 
The response was dramatic.

Fishing Facts

More than 44 million Americans six years of age and older enjoy fishing every year. 

    • An average angler spends $1,046 every year on the sport.

    • Americans fish 557 million days per year.

    • More than 38 million Americans hunt and fish.

    • Over one quarter of all anglers are female.

    • Hunters and anglers support more jobs nationwide than the number of people employed by Wal-Mart.

    • Through license sales and excise taxes on equipment, hunters and anglers pay for most fish and wildlife conservation programs.

    • Anglers and boaters have paid $3.6 billion in excise taxes since 1952.

    • Recreational anglers spend a staggering $41.5 billion a year to fish. This has tremendous economic impacts.

    • Anglers spend almost $300 million a year just on ice.

    • Anglers spend more than $1 billion a year on bait alone.