EDGEFIELD — The National Wild Turkey Federation encourages everyone to participate in National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 24 – a day set aside to celebrate all that sportsmen and women do to support conservation and the pursuit of outdoor sports.

NWTF-sponsored NHF day events will take place across the country, allowing the general public to experience hunting, fishing and shooting sports while learning about America's conservation successes.

"The NWTF is actively working to Save the Habitat and Save the Hunt though our national initiative, but we know we cannot do it alone," NWTF CEO George Thornton said. "It will take a collaborative effort for us to preserve our hunting heritage, and events such as National Hunting and Fishing Day – where the entire outdoor industry comes together to promote our life style – play a huge role in offering outdoor opportunities to new audiences."

Though they may not be aware of it, hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts contribute to the majority of funding for conservation efforts. Through licenses, permits and special taxes, hunters and anglers generate more than $1.75 billion per year for fish, wildlife and habitat. No one contributes more for conservation.

“NWTF is joining us once again to support America’s top conservationists,” Misty Mitchell, national coordinator for National Hunting and Fishing Day said. “They have been the standard when it comes to stepping up to the plate for conservation. Most of us don’t realize the NWTF runs many programs to promote responsible conservation. Their continued support means the world to NHF Day.”

For more information about NHF Day, visit www.nhfday.org.