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September 20, 2007
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Elected Leaders Show Bipartisan Support
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Saturday is National Hunting and Fishing Day, and as the annual celebration nears, America's elected leaders are expressing bipartisan support of hunters, anglers and conservation.
Wonders of Wildlife museum, the official home of National Hunting and Fishing Day, has received a congratulatory message from President Bush, as well as word of a Congressional resolution now making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives.
The president's message reads:
I send greetings to those observing National Hunting and Fishing Day.
From our beaches and mountains to our oceans and woodlands, America is blessed with great natural treasures. These magnificent landscapes are places where families and friends can learn, have fun, and create great memories. On National Hunting and Fishing Day, we celebrate the joy of hunting and fishing in the great outdoors, and we remember our responsibility to preserve America's splendor for future generations.
I appreciate Wonders of Wildlife and all those who worked to make National Hunting and Fishing Day a success. Your efforts help more people discover the wonders of nature and advance the values of good stewardship.
Laura and I send our best wishes.
George W. Bush
U.S. Rep. Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), along with 51 co-sponsors, anticipate action next week on House Resolution 634, a measure "encouraging participation in hunting and fishing, supporting the goals and ideals of National Hunting and Fishing Day and the efforts of hunters and fishermen toward the scientific management of wildlife and conservation of the natural environment."
The resolution was introduced Sept. 5 and sent to the House natural resources committee.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) founded and fostered the National Hunting and Fishing Day concept in the early 1970s. Comedian Jeff Foxworthy served as honorary chairman in 2007, joining a long list of sports and entertainment celebrities who have volunteered to help publicize the conservation benefits of traditional outdoor sports.
Wonders of Wildlife, located in Springfield, Mo., is the only hunting- and fishing-focused facility that's both affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution and accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.
National Hunting and Fishing Day 2007 sponsors include Wonders of Wildlife, NSSF, Realtree, Baron Technology, National Wild Turkey Federation, Smith & Wesson, Bass Pro Shops, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, GunBroker.com, Field & Stream and Outdoor Life, Woolrich, The Sportsman Channel, Cabela's and Outdoor Channel. A host of partners also lend support.