Proclamation of National Game and Fish Day, 2021

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On National Game and Fish Day, we celebrate the centuries-old traditions of hunting and fishing and their role in providing people of all ages and walks of life the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors of America. Since our nation’s earliest days, hunting and fishing have instilled respect for our long-cherished natural resources and the American ethic of conservation. Passed down from generation to generation, these beloved pastimes bring families, friends and neighbors together to bond in a sporting spirit, cultivate respect for our lands, waters and wildlife, and provide a peaceful sanctuary. amidst the natural wonders of our nation.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, hunting and fishing have been especially critical in providing many Americans with recreational respite from the stressors of these trying times. When entertainment venues, stadiums, gymnasiums and local businesses were closed, hunting and fishing allowed many Americans to commune with nature and return to some semblance of normality. Our country’s majestic public lands and waters – and our responsibility to serve as good stewards of the natural resources with which we have been blessed – are even more appreciated by those who have taken advantage of the great outdoors as an outlet during the pandemic. It’s one of the reasons the Home Office recently announced the largest expansion of hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities on public lands in recent history.

Ensuring that public lands are available to all Americans for activities such as hunting and fishing is at the heart of my administration’s “America the Beautiful” initiative – an ambitious goal to continue a locally-led voluntary effort and to conserve, connect and restore 30% of our land and water, by 2030. We will pursue this program with agricultural and forest owners; anglers, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts; Tribal nations, states and territories; local officials; and other important partners and stakeholders to identify conservation strategies that reflect the priorities of all communities. This initiative is only a starting point in our efforts to protect our environment and conserve our resources for future generations. We will continue to rely on American athletes to pass on their love and respect for our lands, waters and wildlife to our children and grandchildren.

Hunting and fishing also play an important role in funding conservation efforts, for example through fishing licenses and duck stamps – works of art that for almost a century have helped protect the habitats of birds and other wildlife. These activities also fuel economic prosperity – especially in rural communities – with more than 50 million Americans hunting and fishing each year, creating more than $200 billion in economic activity and supporting more than 1.5 million jobs. Continuing these age-old traditions will ensure that our lands and waters receive the care and funding they need to remain accessible and beautiful for all Americans. Whether it’s fulfilling a family tradition on the opening day of hunting season or a new angler catching his first trout on a restored river, we’ll ensure future generations have the same opportunities. to participate in these precious pastimes.

THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim on September 25 2021 as National Hunting and Fishing Day. I call on all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have affixed my signature this twenty-fourth day of September in the year of grace two thousand and twenty-one, and of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-six.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

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