A Proclamation on National Hunting And Fishing Day, 2022

Each year, millions of Americans head into the great outdoors to hunt and fish. These time-honoured traditions provide opportunities for sports and recreation, bring food to our tables, and bring families and friends together. They embody the American spirit of adventure and ingenuity, inspiring gratitude for the beauty and bounty of our natural world. On National Hunting and Fishing Day, we celebrate America’s hunters and anglers for strengthening our communities and recommit to preserving land and water so future generations can enjoy these beloved pastimes.

Hunting and fishing are more than just hobbies – they also secure a living. They contribute billions of dollars to our nation’s economy each year and support over one million jobs in the United States. They bring important tourism funds to the communities and create new business opportunities for local entrepreneurs. To bolster these industries, last year my administration expanded hunting and fishing opportunities to 2.1 million acres of public land, one of the largest increases in recent history. We have also proposed additional extensions to the number of state and water units within the National Wildlife Refuge System where hunting and fishing are permitted.

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The future of hunting and fishing depends on our ability to conserve America’s public lands and natural spaces. Over the years, the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change have meant that healthy fish and game have become harder to find. Hunters and anglers were some of our nation’s first conservation leaders, and they continue to be an integral part of the solution. Additionally, federal programs that direct revenue from equipment and license sales have funded state and local conservation efforts across the country for nearly a century, raising more than $25.5 billion to date. To amplify the impact of these programs, my administration recently announced a record investment of $1.5 billion in annual funds to support state and local wildlife and habitat conservation efforts and outdoor recreation. We also established the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation to coordinate efforts among the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Defense Construction and Commerce to strengthen the outdoor recreation economy. And my administration’s America the Beautiful initiative has set a national goal to conserve at least 30 percent of our nation’s lands and waters by 2030, beginning a decade-long effort to support locally led and volunteer conservation and restoration projects. This work is linked to our fight against the climate crisis, our pledge to drastically reduce emissions, and our duty to build a better, healthier world.

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As we reflect on the long-held traditions and heritage of hunting and fishing, we pay tribute to America’s hunters and anglers in their pursuit of adventure and their commitment to protecting our natural world. We recommit to empowering the hunting and fishing industry in responsible and sustainable ways, while supporting the people who depend on them for their livelihoods. And we’re renewing our efforts to build partnerships with hunters and anglers; agricultural and forest landowners; outdoor enthusiasts; tribal nations, states and territories; local officials; and other key stakeholders to make public lands accessible to all Americans and keep our outdoor spaces healthy and resilient for generations to come.

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THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the powers conferred upon me by the United States Constitution and laws, hereby declare September 24, 2022 as a National State Hunt and Fishery Day. I call on all Americans to mark this day with appropriate programs and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereby signed this
on the twenty-third of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand and twenty-two and of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-seventh.


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