Friday, September 23, 2022

Arizona: Governor Signs National Hunting and Fishing Day Proclamation

Dale Hajek, Public Information Officer

National Hunting and Fishing Day celebrates rich traditions

PHOENIX — It has been a half-century since the U.S. Congress and President Nixon first established National Hunting and Fishing Day in 1972, recognizing generations of hunters, anglers, recreational shooters and other outdoor enthusiasts who collectively represent the backbone of wildlife conservation.

Gov. Doug Ducey recently signed a proclamation celebrating the special-interest holiday — which, this year, falls on Saturday, Sept. 24 — as well as underscoring the state’s hunting and angling community as an important economic driver.

In 2018, almost $60 million was generated through the American System of Conservation Funding to support the conservation efforts of the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD). The system is a “user pays-public benefits” approach that is recognized as the most successful model of fish and wildlife management in the world.

It’s important to understand how outdoor pursuits benefit wildlife conservation. Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) program funds are comprised of excise taxes collected on the sale of hunting and fishing equipment (including 11 percent on ammunition), the benefit of which comes right back to Arizona for habitat improvements, research, surveys, hunter education, construction and maintenance of shooting ranges, boating access facilities and more.

Who benefits? The general public gets better stewardship of natural resources. Hunters and anglers get more and better places to hunt and fish. State and federal agencies receive more funds to meet their conservation needs.

Interested in learning about hunting but don’t know where to start? Many sportsmen’s/conservation organizations partner with AZGFD to conduct hunting and outdoor skills camps for skill levels ranging from total beginner to experienced. Visit for a schedule of upcoming camps or to register.

Interested in learning more about fishing? Visit our “Learn to Fish” video series at The department also offers periodic fishing clinics throughout the year. Visit




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The Arizona Game and Fish Department receives Federal assistance from the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, and thus prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color,
religion, national origin, disability, age and sex pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights
Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act
of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990. To request an accommodation or informational material in an
alternative format or to file a discrimination complaint please contact the Director's
Office at (602) 942-3000 or by mail at 5000 West Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086.
Discrimination complaints can also be filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
Office of Diversity and Inclusive Workforce, Attention: Public Civil Rights and Disability
Coordinator, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041.


Arizona Game & Fish Dept. · 5000 W. Carefree Hwy, Phoenix, AZ 85086

(602) 942-3000 ·