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99 Ways to Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day 2014

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Today, celebrate you! Shooters, hunters, anglers, and archers don’t have a national holiday, but the National Hunting and Fishing Day — a nearly 50-year-old tradition—is close enough. Occurring every year on the fourth Saturday in September, National Hunting and Fishing Day is an official day as declared by Congress in 1972 to honor the legacy of sportsmen and sportswomen’s contribution to conservation. Events happen all over the United States on National Hunting and Fishing Day encouraging people of all ages and skill levels to get outdoors and try hunting, shooting or fishing. September 27, 2014 is the perfect opportunity to get your family, neighbors and friends involved in your favorite hobby.

When signing the first proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day on May 2, 1972, President Nixon said, “I urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in insuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations.” Carry on the tradition this weekend and shoot, hunt, fish or do all three!

Here is a list of 99 fun things you and your family can do over the weekend to promote the great American tradition of hunting, shooting and fishing.

Hunting

  1. Take the kids to a hunter’s education class
  2. Take a hunter’s safety course
  3. Learn the basics of game calls
  4. Teach the kids about tracking game
  5. Clean up your duck blind
  6. Invite a friend to the hunting lease
  7. Scout for hogs
  8. Set out game cameras
  9. Make your own primitive bow and arrows
  10. Try a new game recipe
  11. Go dove hunting
  12. Train or work with your hunting dog
  13. Build a blind with the kids
  14. Donate to Ducks Unlimited
  15. Go fill your feeders
  16. Work on your waterfowl decoys
  17. Brush up on the latest hunting regulations
  18. Start tracking when and where deer are on your property
  19. Wash your camo with scent elimination
  20. Sharpen your skinning knife
  21. Eat the rest of last year’s harvest out of the deep freeze
  22. Make your own camo patterns with spray paint
  23. Brush up on the latest hunting regulations
  24. Find free public hunting land near you
  25. Sight in your hunting rifles
  26. Take an AR-15 hog hunting
  27. Hunt varmint
  28. Buy the right rounds for hunting with your AK-47
  29. Try archery—go bow hunting
  30. Plan an African safari
  31. Visit one of the 35 best hunting and fishing towns in the United States
  32. Find free public hunting land near you
  33. Practice stalking and tracking in the woods

Shooting

  1. Teach your children firearm safety
  2. Start building an AR-15
  3. Participate in a local shooting competition
  4. Sign up for IDPA, 3-Gun or USPSA
  5. Take a self-defense pistol class
  6. Thoroughly clean all your firearms
  7. Teach your children how to shoot a .22 rifle
  8. Rent the most expensive gun at the shooting range
  9. Take a date to the gun range and shoot game targets
  10. Record yourself shooting your favorite firearm and post it on Facebook
  11. Take a concealed carry certification class
  12. Register to vote
  13. Shoot clay targets with a shotgun
  14. Reload your own ammunition
  15. Volunteer to be a range safety officer at your local shooting range
  16. Dry fire
  17. Attend a gun show
  18. Wear ear and eye protection
  19. Read gun and ammunition reviews on the Shooter’s Log
  20. Stop reading this article and go shooting!
  21. Join the NRA or other pro-gun organization
  22. Reread your firearm’s manual
  23. Disassemble and reassemble your AR-15 until you can do it in 40 seconds or less like a boss
  24. Upgrade your optics
  25. Print out free targets to see how you can be a better shot
  26. Make homemade shooting targets and then hit the rang
  27. Buy a surplus rifle and start a firearms collection
  28. Buy a suppressor
  29. Introduce someone new to shooting
  30. Take a few different boxes of ammo to the range. Record your results.
  31. Shoot single-action revolvers
  32. Buy a surplus rifle and start a firearms collection
  33. Reread your firearm’s manual

Fishing

  1. Get a fishing license
  2. Teach your children or spouse how to bait a hook
  3. Clean your own fish
  4. Have a fish fry and invite the neighbors
  5. Buy your little one a youth fishing pole
  6. Teach the kids fish identification through colorful pictures
  7. Practice survival fishing with a homemade rod
  8. Try bowfishing
  9. Explore a new fishing hole
  10. Go noodling
  11. Hire a guide and try deep-sea fishing
  12. Go fly fishing for the first time
  13. Make a survival fishing kit
  14. Organize your tackle box
  15. Go bass fishing
  16. Take your father fishing
  17. Visit one of the Top 100 Places to Fish
  18. Make your own fishing lures
  19. Have the kids make a minnow trap
  20. Fish with live bait—use worms, minnows, grasshoppers or locust
  21. Dig for clams
  22. Sign the petition to fight against the ban on lead fishing tackle
  23. Make your fishing flies
  24. String new line on your reels
  25. Practice boating safety
  26. Donate to the Take Me Fishing Campaign
  27. Start a worm garden
  28. Enter a fishing tournament
  29. Learn or practice tying fishing knots
  30. Visit your local aquarium
  31. Take a first aid kit on your fishing trip
  32. Learn how to remove a hook even if the fish swallows it
  33. Frame a picture of your children holding up their first fish

What will you be doing on National Hunting and Fishing Day 2014? Tell us about it in the comment section.

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