LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos is reminding Southwest Michigan residents that Saturday is National Hunting and Fishing Day — coinciding with Michigan’s liberty and antlerless deer hunts.
“Hunting and fishing have been rich and storied traditions for area families for longer than Michigan has been a state,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “National Hunting and Fishing Day was established in 1972 to celebrate and recognize the tremendous contributions of hunters and anglers to fish and wildlife conservation in an effort to ensure our natural resources are preserved for generations to come.
“Sportsmen and sportswomen support over 72,000 jobs in our state, contribute nearly $5 billion to our economy and generate roughly $90 million to support state conservation efforts.”
National Hunting and Fishing Day is celebrated the fourth Saturday of every September to promote and recognize the science-based, user-pay conservation system that funds state efforts to provide for healthy and sustainable natural resources.
“The weekend is also the first of Michigan’s deer firearm hunting seasons, including the state’s liberty hunt,” Proos said. “The liberty hunt offers access to hunting for those with disabilities and a chance to share the enjoyment of the outdoors with the next generation while helping instill a respect for our natural resources.”
The liberty hunt is Sept. 22-23 on private and public lands in Michigan for firearm deer hunting. It is open to eligible hunters with disabilities and youth hunters age 16 or younger. The bag limit for the liberty hunt is one deer, and all participating hunters must wear hunter orange.