HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – The Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (CBFP) are pleased to join with other fish and wildlife conservation agencies across the country in recognizing Saturday, September 25, 2021 as National Hunt Day and fishing!

“It’s hard to imagine Pennsylvania without the full range of hunting, trapping and fishing opportunities it offers,” said Game Commission executive director Bryan Burhans. “It’s part of the very fabric of our Commonwealth, and on National Hunt and Fish Day we can all reflect on the importance of conservation and celebrate time in the great outdoors. With millions of acres of public land for hunting and trapping, and 86,000 miles of streams and 4,000 lakes and ponds for fishing, opportunities present themselves around every corner. And with the increase in hunting opportunities, there’s no better time to participate.

“Pennsylvania is second to none when it comes to year-round fishing opportunities and the variety of ways to enjoy the outdoors,” said Tim Schaeffer, executive director of CBFP. “There really is something for everyone, whether you love casting a line on your favorite wild or stocked trout stream, riding a motorbike or paddling our beautiful rivers and lakes for big bass, testing your skills with trout. rainbow or muskellunge, or the loneliness of ice fishing on a frozen lake in winter. Pennsylvanians are passionate about their long-standing fishing traditions, and this day serves to motivate us even more, to protect, conserve and enhance our aquatic resources for the enjoyment of future generations. “

To commemorate National Hunt and Fish Day, Burhans and Schaeffer recorded a joint video post, which will be shared on each agency’s website and social media platforms. The video can also be viewed here.

A proclamation from Governor Tom Wolf recognizing Fishing and Hunting Day in Pennsylvania stated that “hunting and angling provides participants with an opportunity to connect with nature on a personal level while simultaneously providing the food security, a sense of self-sufficiency and both mental and physical. health benefits.

The governor’s proclamation also recognized that “to date, the Game Commission and the Fish and Boat Commission are primarily funded by sportsmen, through this American system of conservation funding: a user-pays-public benefit approach. which is widely recognized as the most successful model of fish and wildlife management in the world.

Wolf acknowledged that the state’s hunters, trappers and anglers were among the first in the country to support the creation of fish and wildlife conservation agencies and to pioneer a tax d Self-imposed federal excise duty on hunting, fishing and boating equipment to raise additional conservation funds. The proclamation recognized that more than 1.4 million Pennsylvania hunters and fishermen contribute to the state’s economy through more than $ 1.5 billion in annual expenditures and support more than 24,000 jobs, creating $ 181 million in state and local taxes.

The Game Commission and CBFP make it easy for individuals and families to get involved in hunting and fishing through a multitude of programs, educational resources and tools to connect with the local lands and waters available at and

To purchase a Pennsylvania hunting or fishing license, customers can visit either agency’s website to log into the HuntFishPA license system ( or visit over 700 Retail Licensing Agents.

National Hunt and Fish Day was established by Congress in 1971. For more information, visit

The video and sound clips accompanying this press release are available:


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Travis Lau, Gaming Commission – 717-705-6541

Mike Parker, Fish and Boats Commission – 717-585-3076

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Helen L. Cuellar

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