National Hunting and Fishing Day is celebrated the fourth Saturday in September every year all across the United States.
Launched in 1971 by Congress, National Hunting and Fishing Day recognizes hunters and anglers for their leadership in wildlife and conservation.
There are many ways New Mexico’s hunters and anglers to celebrate this day and share their enthusiasm for conservation in our state.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Prepare for your next hunt. The Department has created a series of hunter education videos for youth and adults. https://www.youtube.com/user/NMGameandFish
- Encourage young hunter and anglers to learn more about the natural world. The Department offers a variety of educational materials you can use at home: http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/conservation-education/
- Take care of your equipment. Clean your firearms (link: http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/download/education/conservation/non-correlated-curriculum/activities-and-how-to/How-to-clean-your-firearm.pdf). If you own an OHV, me sure it’s properly maintained (link: http://magazine.wildlife.state.nm.us/hunker-down-or-go-riding-for-now-lets-talk-about-spring-maintenance/)
- Help spread the word about National Hunting and Fishing Day by using #HuntShootFish and pledge to take someone hunting, fishing or shooting in 2020.
- Become a hunter education instructor. Learn how to do just that here: http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/
Lastly, in celebration of National Hunting & Fishing Day, anglers can fish for free in New Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 26. Anyone can fish for free in public fishing waters throughout the state Saturday, Sept. 26, but everyone must observe bag limits and all other rules and regulations. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us.
For information about where to fish and what to use, consult the department’s weekly fishing and stocking report. Maps of public fishing waters, lists of where to find family-friendly fishing and tips on how to fish also can be found on the department website.
And please remember when you’re outdoors with others, maintain social distance (http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/download/recreation/New-Mexico-Game-Fish-Social-Distancing-6-Foot-Recommendation.pdf).
This is a time for all New Mexicans to pull together for the overall health of all our citizens and stay home. The Department reminds anglers it is their responsibility to be aware of closures and contact land managers for properties of interest when restrictions lift.