For immediate release:
Sept. 20, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS - State Rep. Terry Goodin (D-Austin), co-chairman of the Indiana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, today issued the following statement about the 44th National Hunting and Fishing Day, set for Saturday (September 24):
“Along with my co-chairman, State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville), I am proud to join sportsmen-legislators from across the country to observe National Hunting and Fishing Day to recognize these time-honored traditions.
“By purchasing licenses, tags and waterfowl stamps, and by paying excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment, conservation funding in Indiana and the United States is driven by sportsmen and women.
“But all Hoosiers benefit from the impact generated by these dollars in our state, which provide improved access to public lands, improved water quality, habitat restoration, fish and wildlife research, hunter education, and numerous other projects overseen by Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
“The Indiana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus recognizes the contributions of sportsmen and women to conservation. Without them, Indiana’s fish and wildlife would not be nearly as abundant, nor would our economy be as vibrant. The U.S. Census Bureau found approximately 2.3 million people enjoy fishing, hunting and wildlife-related activities in Indiana every year, generating an estimated $1.7 billion in annual revenue. More than 2,600 acres of public land are dedicated to wildlife and Hoosier outdoor enthusiasts.
“The Indiana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus thanks the DNR for its tireless efforts to support hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping in our great state.
“We encourage all Hoosiers to enjoy this special occasion for the vast opportunities it provides to hunt and fish in Indiana now and will provide for future generations.”
More information on National Hunting and Fishing Day is available at www.NHFDay.org or on the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation website at sportsmenslink.org/policies/federal/ascf.