Secretary Zinke Declares October National Hunting and Fishing Month

Secretary Zinke Declares October National Hunting and Fishing Month

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has officially declared October 2017 as National Hunting and Fishing Month at the Department! The declaration comes just days before National Hunting and Fishing Day – held every year on September 23. “Hunters and anglers are the backbone of wildlife and habitat conservation in America, ​and they contribute billions of dollars to conservation,” said Secretary Zinke. “From my perspective, the more sportsmen we have in the woods and waters, the better our wildlife and land will be. Formally recognizing the contributions of hunters and anglers to wildlife and habitat conservation is long overdue."

Secretary Zinke signed the declaration Wednesday night (September 20) at the grand opening of the Wonders of Wildlife Museum in Springfield, MO, an event that was attended by former Presidents George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush (via video message) and Jimmy Carter – as well as ARC President Derrick Crandall and dozens of other outdoor leaders.

Earlier this month, Secretary Zinke signed a Secretarial Order creating a process to identify and expand access to outdoor recreation – especially hunting and fishing – on public lands and waters managed by the Department of the Interior.

Read the Interior press release here.