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
• Volunteers will meet at 8:00am where we will host Coffee
• 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, NJBBA.org.
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
National Hunting and Fishing Day
How a Good Idea Became a Great
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
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.
More than 44 million Americans six
years of age and older enjoy fishing every year.
average angler spends $1,046 every year on the sport.
fish 557 million days per year.
38 million Americans hunt and fish.
quarter of all anglers are female.
and anglers support more jobs nationwide than the number of
people employed by Wal-Mart.
license sales and excise taxes on equipment, hunters and
anglers pay for most fish and wildlife conservation
and boaters have paid $3.6 billion in excise taxes since
Recreational anglers spend a staggering $41.5 billion a year
to fish. This has tremendous economic impacts.
spend almost $300 million a year just on ice.
spend more than $1 billion a year on bait alone.