National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 26

NASHVILLE –– The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be celebrating 2020 National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) on Saturday, Sept. 26.

While there will be no large events or gatherings due to COVID-19, the TWRA encourages you to get outdoors and take part in your favorite recreational activity. The day also coincides with the start of the statewide fall archery season for deer and the fall archery season for turkey in selected counties in the state.

NHFD was established by the U.S. Congress in 1972 and recognizes hunters and anglers for their contributions to wildlife conservation. The NHFD is an event celebrated in all 50 states annually on the fourth Saturday in September.

Together with federal aid programs, wildlife conservation efforts are funded mainly by the money sportsmen and women spend on their license fees, as well as the taxes they pay on certain types of outdoor recreational equipment that includes firearms, ammunition, and fishing gear. These funds support conservation programs, habitat acquisitions, and outdoor recreation opportunities in Tennessee and throughout the nation.

Social media personalities “Dude Perfect,” known for their viral videos, have been named the honorary chairs for 2020 National Hunting and Fishing Day. The sports entertainment group’s content features various trick shots and stunts with more than nine billion views.

In advance of national Hunting & Fishing Day on Saturday, September 26, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee today signed Executive Order No. 62 establishing the Asian Carp Advisory Commission to study and provide advice regarding the best methods for mitigating the invasion of Asian carp into the state’s lakes and river systems.

“Tennessee’s lakes and rivers are a critical feature of our state’s economy and natural beauty,” said Gov. Lee. “This Commission will help us protect and preserve native fish species, aquatic life, commercial and recreational fishing, and other water activities from the increasing threat of Asian carp to key ecosystems in our state.” 

The members of the Commission will include representatives from the following agencies and departments:

• Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

• Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission

• Department of Economic and Community Development

• Department of Tourist Development

• Department of Environment and Conservation

• Tennessee Valley Authority

• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

• One appointee each from the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the House of Representatives

The Commission will provide interim reports in October and this winter, in addition to annual reports moving forward, regarding its findings and work.

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