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NHF Day Welcomes New Sponsor: Pope and Young Club




SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Bowhunting is deeply engrained in traditional outdoor sports and conservation, a proud heritage promoted and protected by the Pope and Young Club. Today the Club is announcing a new partnership to help strengthen these efforts—a sponsorship of National Hunting and Fishing Day for 2009.

NHF Day, formalized by Congress in 1972, has been called the most effective grassroots effort in history to educate the American public about hunting, fishing and conservation.

Always the fourth Saturday in September, the 2009 celebration is slated for Sept. 26.

“It’s gratifying to welcome new sponsors, and the Pope and Young Club is the latest national supporter for our continuing efforts to build public appreciation for traditional outdoor lifestyles and their ties to healthy fish, wildlife and habitat. We’re appreciative of the Pope and Young Club’s leadership,” said Denise Wagner of Wonders of Wildlife museum in Springfield, Mo.—the official home of NHF Day.

Wonders of Wildlife is developing new ways to deliver the NHF Day message. For example, free, downloadable hunting and fishing communication tools, tips, handouts and more for students and public speakers are now posted to
www.nhfday.org.

Such efforts are designed to pass the word that nobody does more for conservation than hunters, anglers and sport shooters. Hunting and fishing licenses, along with excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, bows, arrows, rods and reels, together generate $100,000 every 30 minutes—totaling more than $1.75 billion per year—for conserving fish and wildlife resources.

“The Pope and Young Club is proud to proclaim its public support of National Hunting and Fishing Day. We stand shoulder to shoulder with millions of sportsmen and women in paying tribute to our nation’s first and oldest outdoor pastime. Our NHF Day sponsorship represents a serious commitment to assisting in the organized efforts to preserve hunting and fishing for future generations to enjoy, and we are immensely pleased to be a part of this vital campaign,” said Pope and Young Club President M.R. James.

Country music star Luke Bryan is the honorary chairman for NHF Day 2009.


The growing list of sponsors for National Hunting and Fishing Day includes Wonders of Wildlife, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Bass Pro Shops, Sportsman Channel, Realtree, GunBroker.com, Hunting Heritage Trust, Cabela’s, Boone and Crockett Club, Smith & Wesson, Field & Stream/Outdoor Life, Woolrich, Yamaha and the Pope and Young Club.


For more information, visit
www.nhfday.org.