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The United States is blessed with abundant resources and unrivaled natural beauty. Our wildlife has provided ample opportunities for generations of Americans to enjoy hunting and fishing with their family and friends. On National Hunting and Fishing Day, we recognize the important contributions that America’s hunters and anglers make to our society, our thriving economy, and our continued conservation successes nationwide. We also encourage Americans to experience the wonders of the great outdoors and learn the responsibilities of hunting and fishing.

According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 35 million Americans fished and more than 11 million hunted in 2016. These impressive numbers highlight our country’s connection with the great outdoors, and also represent a tremendous boost to our Nation’s economy. Hunters and anglers invest more than $70 billion each year on licenses, tags, equipment, travel, and more. From the waters of the gulf coast to the mountain ranges that reign over the West, American adventurers are supporting thousands of jobs and contributing to the revenue streams of all States.

Hunting and fishing provide Americans new experiences to explore, protect, and learn about the vast frontiers of our environment. Sportsmen and women are our Nation’s most committed conservationists. This is the result of spending time connecting with the land, water, and wildlife, and understanding the link between healthy habitats and thriving sporting opportunities. Hunting and fishing are premised on respect for wildlife and the formidable beauty of the natural world, and increase our appreciation for the food we eat, prepare, and provide to others. Hunting and fishing also keep our waters stocked and our forests healthy, ensuring that our country’s public and private lands continue to provide both sustenance and sport for future generations.

The traditions and ethics of hunting and fishing are inseparable from the American way of life and are at the foundation of our culture. My Administration is committed to keeping America’s lands and waterways open for hunters and anglers to enjoy for years to come. We have already opened or expanded hunting or fishing opportunities on more than 380,000 acres. Today, we celebrate the rugged and enduring spirit of our Nation’s hunters and anglers, and we acknowledge the countless benefits hunting and fishing bring to the United States of America.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 22, 2018, as National Hunting and Fishing Day. I call upon the people of the United States to join me in recognizing the contributions of America’s hunters and anglers, and all those who work to conserve our Nation’s fish and wildlife resources.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
twenty-first day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.


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  1. Whole lot of hot air, but it’s for a good cause. Still, Donald, don’t put your hands on a musket and declare today to be national hunting and fishing day. It will give the impression that hunters only need a muzzle loading black powder rifle and have no business owning anything more powerful or more accurate.

    Also, Donald, you just don’t look good with that gun.

  2. Declaring a National Self Defense Awareness Day would also be a nice, and much more meaningful/important touch, but National Fudds’ Day is okay as well.

    It would also be nice to finally get a *second* picture of Trump holding something resembling a firearm at some point during his life. That flintlock replica is all there is. To Obama’s credit, the man did at least hold an O/U shotgun, and maybe even shot it once.

    (Yeah, yeah, I know he has a carry permit, just like every other NYC blue-blood)

  3. How about he celebrate it by killing the Bush import ban and officially recognizing that repeating firearms are important for controlling pest animals?

  4. A musket was good enough for Charlton Heston when he was President of the NRA. Why is it not OK for the first pro-firearms President we’ve had since President Reagan. National Self Defense day is for the 2nd term, (didn’t you get the memo?). Anyway, the first shot is the only one that counts. Aim small, hit small. I notice his suit coat in unbuttoned, easy access to the H&K .45 behind his right hip. Haters gonna hate. If you have to dump on someone, dump on the progressive/resistors. There’s enough of ’em. Foxtrot-Kilo-Alpha. 30

  5. And he still won’t allow us to carry on base (broken promise). And he will still send the ATF after you for having a rifle that’s an inch too short. Or too quiet. Or for buying an AK from Russia.

    If everyone would “waste” their vote on a real freedom candidate in 2020, we might start digging ourselves out of this mess.

    • >he will still send the ATF after you

      Yes, Trump personally will dispatch the ATF death squads to your door for having an illegal SBR.

      >pro freedom
      So someone who is fine with open borders, like every other libertarian candidate?

      • – The ATF is an unconstitutional arm if the executive branch, which makes the president responsible for everything they do. A single executive order could make them stop, but he won’t issue it because he’s a statist control freak just like all politicians.

        – “Crossing imaginary lines drawn on maps by liars and thieves” is not a real crime.

      • What…? You don’t like anti gun, open borders, “what is Aleppo”, Mr. Liberaltarian Johnson? Yeah I have no regrets from 2016 besides not having a bigger Trump sign. There are still promises he needs to make good on, but he’s actually exceeded my expectations in many areas.

  6. Amen to hunting and fishing.

    Some of my most memorable times are with a long gun or a fishing pole in my hands, out in the wilderness.
    Some of my tastiest meals have been the day an animal was harvested, or a fish deep fried.

        • Don’t argue with the emotions because… Emotions!!! China plays the long game, Islam plays the long game, and the commies play the long game. About time gun people started looking beyond there muzzles, if you will.

  7. I didn’t vote FOR Trump, I voted AGAINST the Clintons.
    President Trump has his flaws, like all of us. He has done some things I wish he hadn’t done and not done some things I wish he had done, but I am truly thankful that he beat the old hag and her sidekick.

  8. That picture of Trump looks like he’s taking a constipated sht. WTF We’ve got that while Putin is shooting rifles and riding grizzly bears

  9. The reelection of Trump in 2020 is an absolute imperative to allow him to complete his job of cleaning up that cesspool we all call Washington DC. And reelection of Republican majorities in both houses in November and beyond is equally important. Trump pledged to drain the swamp and now all the swamp creatures are starting to feel the heat. That’s why they’re acting so desperate and outlandish. Look around you folks, Trumps pledge is working. 6 MORE YEARS!!!!


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