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MEDIA NOTE: For more info and photos, contact Denise Wagner at Wonders of Wildlife museum, official home of National Hunting and Fishing Day, at nhfday@wondersofwildlife.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 203-241-4468. Inks Renewed Sponsorship of NHF Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—National Hunting and Fishing Day welcomes 2009 sponsorship from the world’s largest online auction of firearms and accessories,


The popular Web site has been a perennial supporter of the annual celebration, set this year for Sept. 26. Congress formalized National Hunting and Fishing Day in 1972 to recognize the conservation leadership of hunters and anglers.


“Many of our 1.25 million registered users are hunters and shooters who passionately support conservation programs, so it’s important that we do our part as well,” said Steve Urvan, CEO of “As a sponsor of National Hunting and Fishing Day, we are not only helping to promote the shooting sports and their contributions to conservation, but ultimately working to preserve the outdoor heritage and brighten the future for all participants.”


“’s generous sponsorship supports our efforts to help the public understand the connections between conservation, hunters and anglers,” said Denise Wagner of Wonders of Wildlife museum, the official home of NHF Day.


The Springfield, Mo., museum is developing communications campaigns to deliver the message that hunters, anglers and sport shooters foot the bill for most conservation in America. Through licenses, permits and special taxes on firearms, ammunition, bows, arrows, rods and reels, they generate $100,000 every 30 minutes—totaling more than $1.75 billion per year—for fish, wildlife and habitat.


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, The Sportsman Channel, Realtree,, Hunting Heritage Trust, Cabela’s, Boone and Crockett Club, Smith & Wesson, Field & Stream/Outdoor Life, Woolrich and Yamaha.
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