SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -Once again renewing their sponsorship, Realtree will support the National Hunting and Fishing Day. This year, NHFD will take place on September 22, 2012.
The sponsorship by Realtree helps support the Wonders of Wildlife museum-the official home of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The Springfield, Mo., facility oversees educational initiatives to help the American public understand the indelible relationship between hunting, angling, healthy habitat, and wildlife and fisheries conservation.
"NHF Day is built for sportsmen for their continued support of conservation," said Misty Mitchell of Wonders of Wildlife. "People tend to forget that these activities pay the bills for conserving the wildlife resources that we all cherish. With the sponsorship from Realtree, we are better positioned to educate the people that hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors."
Each year National Hunting and Fishing Day chooses an honorary chairperson, and this year NASCAR Sprint Cup driver/owner Tony Stewart is serving in that capacity and will deliver the message of NHF Day.
As the driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Stewart has won 12 driving championships, including three Sprint Cup Series titles, in a career spanning more than three decades.
Stewart is a champion off the racetrack as much as he is on, and has been recognized for his philanthropic efforts via his Tony Stewart Foundation, which raises funds for distribution to three specific groups - chronically ill children, drivers injured in motorsports activities, and organizations dedicated to the protection of various animal species.
"Realtree has been a great partner for years and we're very happy to welcome them back for 2012," said Misty Mitchell, Director of Wonders of Wildlife. "With the help of Realtree and our other sponsors, we're reaching out to America with a message that healthy fish, wildlife and habitat depend on funding and leadership from hunters and anglers."
In 1972, Congress formalized NHF Day to remind the public that conservation depends on funding and leadership from hunters and anglers. Every president from Richard Nixon through Barack Obama has issued official proclamations of support for the annual commemoration, now recognized as one of the most effective grassroots campaigns ever undertaken to promote traditional outdoor sports.
The growing list of sponsors for NHF Day 2011 includes Wonders of Wildlife, NSSF, Bass Pro Shops, Smith & Wesson, Sportsman's Channel, Realtree, GunBroker.com, Yamaha, Pope and Young Club, Ducks Unlimited and the Izaak Walton League of America.
For more information about NHF Day, visit www.nhfday.org