NHF Day Welcomes Back Hunting Heritage Trust
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Robert Delfay is both the newest and oldest supporter of National Hunting and Fishing Day.
It was Delfay, then with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, who coordinated the first annual commemoration of NHF Day in 1971. Now 38 years later, Delfay serves as president of the Hunting Heritage Trust—the latest organization to renew its sponsorship of National Hunting and Fishing Day.
NHF Day, now Congressionally recognized on the fourth Saturday of every September, will be Sept. 26, 2009.
“The Hunting Heritage Trust was formed so that hunters and shooters can ‘give back’ to the traditions that have meant so much to their lives. It’s a natural fit for us to help National Hunting and Fishing Day educate the public about the conservation benefits of hunting, fishing and shooting,” said Delfay.
Wonders of Wildlife museum, official home of NHF Day, is the beneficiary of this sponsorship. The Springfield, Mo., museum is developing communications campaigns to show how hunters, anglers and sport shooters are footing 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.
“We’re grateful for the generous support of the Hunting Heritage Trust, and honored to have Robert Delfay’s continued enthusiasm for the celebration he helped create,” said Denise Wagner of Wonders of Wildlife.
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, GunBroker.com, Hunting Heritage Trust, Cabela’s, Boone and Crockett Club, Smith & Wesson, Field & Stream/Outdoor Life, Woolrich and Yamaha.
For more information, visit www.nhfday.org.