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Hamilton County Outdoors 08/07/2013 By Ron Kolodziej

Wednesday, August 07, 2013 - Updated: 8:43 PM

National Hunting and Fishing Day is coming up

This item has no direct correlation to this immediate area, but I thought you might find it interesting nonetheless.

Saturday, Sept. 28, the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs will celebrate the 42nd Annual National Hunting and Fishing Day at the Elma Conservation Club in Elma, NY. Festivities will begin at 10 a.m., and outdoors enthusiasts of all ages and from throughout the state are invited to attend this free event to enhance their knowledge of the natural world and how the sporting heritage protects and assures diverse wildlife and waterway treasures.

Tentative activities include: bass fishing tips, walleye tactics, waterways protections, habitat access programs, trap shooting, field dog demos, trapping and fur handling, waterfowl management, turkey calling, archery and crossbow shooting, air rifle range shooting, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's importance in conservation stewardship, dangers of invasive species and more.

Additional activities and presentations will be added twixt now and then. The events will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, Saturday, Sept. 28, which, incidentally, is National Hunting and Fishing Day. For more information you can call Rich Davenport, NHF Day Committee chairman, at rich@weloveoutdoors.org or (716) 510-7952.

The reason I mention all this is to encourage all local and area clubs to conduct similar activities, large or small, that are open to the public in celebration of NHF Day. If your club has any special observations planned for that day email me at rkolodzi@nycap.rr.com and I'll tell our readers about it.

NHF DAY HISTORY

Over 40 years ago Pennsylvania gun shop owner Ira Joffe came up with the idea that the country needed and wanted an official day to celebrate and recognize hunters and anglers for their invaluable contributions to conservation.

Joffe's idea caught on and soon made its way from his hometown of Upper Darby to the Pennsylvania state capital, and in 1970 Gov. Raymond Shafer proclaimed an "Outdoor Sportsman's Day" in the Keystone State. By 1972 the special day had caught the attention of Congress and that year President Richard M. Nixon signed a special proclamation designating the fourth Saturday in September as National Hunting and Fishing Day.

This annual special day celebrates the role outdoorsmen and women have played in conserving and improving the country's natural resources, including the contribution of some $30 billion over the years in special taxes on various sporting goods items as well as countless hours of volunteer work spent on habitat improvement and related projects.

Legendary angler and tournament competitor Bill Dance is the honorary chairman of this year's National Hunting and Fishing Day. He joins an elite group of entertainment, sports and other figures that have served as honorary chairs, including Hank Williams Jr., Travis Tritt, Tracy Byrd, Jeff Foxworthy, Jay Novacek, Robert Urich, Wade Boggs, Ward Burton, Arnold Palmer, Terry Bradshaw, the USA Olympic Shooting Team, Tony Stewart, T. Boone Pickens and many others.

GET YOUR LICENSES

Be advised the new NYS hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and deer management permits go on sale Monday, Aug. 12, when they will be available at all license-issuing outlets. DMPs are available until Oct. 1. Any leftover DMPs (doe permits) will be available on a first come, first served basis beginning Nov. 1.

Customers who have not obtained a license through DEC's Automated Licensing System (DECALS) previously should bring proof of residency information (driver's license or non-driver's identification with a valid NYS address) to qualify for a resident license.

Hunting license purchases require individuals to provide proof of hunting education certification or a copy of a previous license, unless this information is already contained in their DECALS file.

     

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