WDFW celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day virtually


Kris Thorson, 360-902-8410
Sam Montgomery, 360-688-0721

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day all month long with a virtual event each day in September.

“In previous years, we’ve worked with volunteers, sponsors, and conservation partners from across the state to host in-person events for hundreds of youth and their families. Participants learn about hunting, fishing, shooting sports and conservation,” said Dave Whipple WDFW Hunter Education Division Manager. “This year we are celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day virtually, all month long.”

Each day, WDFW will release a new event or activity. The first week of September’s activities will highlight amphibians, pollinators, salmon, archery, hunter education, elk, and turkeys. Opportunities will span from do-it-yourself activities like making a turkey call and backyard pollinator activities to video demonstrations about hunter education.

“We hope that families will join us in learning about the outdoors and follow along with us for the whole month of September,” added Whipple. “This is an opportunity to learn about hunting, fishing, and conserving Washington’s wildlife and places, and you can even participate at home.”

In 2019, Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed Sept. 28 as Hunting and Fishing Day in Washington. In 1971, Congress unanimously authorized National Hunting and Fishing Day on the fourth Saturday of every September. On May 2, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon signed the first proclamation of the annual celebration.

To participate in daily activities and learn more about the role hunters and anglers play in conservation across the nation visit WDFW’s National Hunting and Fishing Day webpage.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife, and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email (Title6@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see https://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/requests-accommodation.