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Media Contact for Baker–Polito Administration Proclaims September 26 National Hunting and Fishing Day in Massachusetts
Boston — Governor Charlie Baker has signed a proclamation establishing September 26, 2015 as National Hunting and Fishing Day in Massachusetts to honor the contributions of the Commonwealth’s hunters and anglers to fish and wildlife conservation. The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) encourages residents to observe the day by spending time outdoors.
“From the Berkshires to Cape Cod, Massachusetts offers exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities, including fishing and hunting,” said Governor Baker. “By declaring September 26 National Hunting and Fishing Day in Massachusetts, I hope to encourage all citizens to take advantage of these opportunities and to recognize the very important role that hunters and anglers play in the conservation of natural resources in Massachusetts.”
“As an avid sportsman and fisherman, I am pleased to honor these activities and encourage all to spend time in the great outdoors this Saturday,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The Baker-Polito Administration continues to be committed to conserving our natural resources and ensuring all citizens of the commonwealth have access to the recreation that our rivers, lakes, oceans, forests and parks have to offer.”
Massachusetts’ 538,000 hunters and anglers support the state’s economy through spending more than $626 million each year on these pursuits. This spending supports over 9,101 jobs in Massachusetts and generates $71 million in state and local taxes. Last year alone, Massachusetts’ sportsmen and women generated over $17.8 million to support the conservation efforts of the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game through license fees and taxes on equipment.
“The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and Division of Marine Fisheries are funded in large part by fees associated with hunting and fishing licenses,” said Department of Fish and Game Commissioner George Peterson. “We use those funds to protect land and manage fish and wildlife, and we greatly appreciate the contributions made by Massachusetts sportsmen and women.”
National Hunting and Fishing Day was established in 1972 to celebrate and recognize hunters and anglers for their immense contributions to fish and wildlife conservation and to our society.
“The hunting and fishing traditions in Massachusetts date back further than the state itself,” said State Senator Anne Gobi (D-Spencer). “Sportsmen and women were at the forefront of the conservation movement and continue to support conservation efforts both financially and through their advocacy.”
“We applaud the Governor’s recognition of Massachusetts’ sporting heritage that continues today,” said State Representative David Vieira (R-Falmouth). ‘Massachusetts hunters and anglers certainly deserve this special recognition.”
Senator Gobi and Representative Vieira co-chair the Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus.
The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has begun its fall trout stocking in rivers and ponds across the Commonwealth. Licensed hunters can look forward to the arrival of deer, turkey, duck and goose seasons this fall. For the first time this year, youth hunters can participate in a deer hunting day on October 3.
“Massachusetts hunters and anglers have historically played a vital role in the conservation of wildlife, fish, and their habitats,” said Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Director Jack Buckley. “We are grateful for their continuing contribution. For our part, the Division is committed to serving the sporting community by improving access, improving habitat, and by expanding our outdoor skills programs.”
“After a recent vacation on Nantucket where I did a fair amount of surf casting and witnessed droves of anglers casting for bluefish and false albacore, I was reminded of why recreational salt water fishing is so popular and enjoyable,” said Division of Marine Fisheries Director David Pierce. “We encourage everyone, young and old, to get out and enjoy the fantastic fishing that this time of year provides.”
For more information on outdoor pursuits, including salt- and freshwater fishing tips, maps, and upcoming events, visit the websites of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Division of Marine Fisheries.
The Department of Fish and Game is responsible for promoting the conservation and enjoyment of the Commonwealth's natural resources. DFG carries out this mission through land protection and wildlife habitat management, management of inland and marine fish and wildlife species, and ecological restoration of fresh water, salt water, and terrestrial habitats. DFG promotes enjoyment of the Massachusetts environment through outdoor skills workshops, fishing festivals and other educational programs, and by enhancing access to the Commonwealth's rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.