DOVER (Oct. 1, 2014) – Governor Jack Markell signed a proclamation last weekend expanding on National Hunting & Fishing Day by declaring Sept. 27-Oct. 3 as Delaware Hunting & Fishing Week – celebrating the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife’s recognition of First State hunters and anglers for their funding of conservation and contribution to the state’s economy
“Delawareans and visitors are encouraged to enjoy our state’s many outdoor activities and to celebrate the conservation of our wildlife and fish resources, not just on National Hunting and Fishing Day, but every day all year,” said Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis. “This year, we wanted to extend a special week-long thank you to our hunters and anglers for their contributions to our conservation work in Delaware.”
Hunters and anglers provide the majority of funding for wildlife and fisheries conservation in the United States and in Delaware by purchasing recreational hunting and fishing licenses and through dedicated federal excise taxes paid when purchasing hunting and fishing equipment.
Here’s what this means to Delaware:
- For every dollar hunters and anglers pay in state license revenue, Delaware receives three dollars of federal funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.
- Delaware’s nearly 17,000 licensed recreational hunters and over 82,000 licensed recreational anglers generate $9.95 million in license revenues and matching federal funds each year.
- These funds are used for wildlife and fish management and research, habitat restoration and management, acquisition and management of public wildlife areas, construction and maintenance of public boat ramps and fishing areas, and providing general public access.
- Hunters and anglers also contribute to Delaware’s economy through spending at local sporting goods stores, as well as restaurants, hotels, gas stations, convenience stores and other businesses, resulting in more than $210 million in economic activity each year, supporting nearly 1,900 Delaware jobs.
To see the Governor’s proclamation about hunting and fishing in Delaware, click Delaware_Hunting-and-Fishing_Week_Proclamation.
Established in 1972, National Hunting and Fishing Day has been celebrated annually on the last Saturday of September to recognize the contributions of hunters and anglers to conservation. For more information, visit www.nhfday.org.