Fishing license sales in 2018 reached nearly $ 22 million in 2018, generating nearly $ 8 million in excise tax funds. These numbers are 11th and 14th on the national ranking scale. Historically, $ 654 million in licenses ranks ninth, and DJ / WB funds of nearly $ 225 million rank eighth.

It helps tell the real story of hunters and fishermen and why there is NHF Day.

Some local gatherings will help explain the role athletes play in conservation, including events in Erie and Niagara counties.

In Erie County, the ECFSC will be hosting a public event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 25 at the Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, Elma. If you want to see why this is such a big deal, go talk to the clubs and agencies that will be there.

“This free, family-friendly event offers something for everyone, including hands-on experience in archery, crossbow, air rifle and trap shooting,” says Davenport, one ECFSC organizers. “We also have information seminars on big game hunting, walleye fishing, retriever dog demonstrations, and prevention of exposure to tick and Lyme disease.”

There will also be outdoor photography tips from Jim Monteleone, wildlife rehabilitation with Messinger Woods, trapping and fur handling demonstrations, gun safety, invasive species education and a booth maintained by the State Department of Environmental Conservation to answer questions and distribute literature.