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September 9, 2003


Gov. Benson Proclaims Sept. 27 "Hunting and Fishing Day in N.H."

CONCORD, N.H. -- Governor Craig Benson has officially proclaimed Saturday, September 27, as "Hunting and Fishing Day in New Hampshire" to recognize local sportsmen and sportswomen for their vital commitment to wildlife conservation. Hunting and Fishing Day in New Hampshire will be part of a coast-to-coast celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, established by Congress in 1972 to recognize hunters and anglers for their conservation achievements.

"Hunting and fishing have always been an important part of the American tradition," said Lee Perry, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. "For more than 100 years, hunters and anglers have been at the forefront of the conservation movement. Special fees and taxes on their equipment help pay for wildlife management, habitat restoration and other conservation programs that benefit everyone in New Hampshire."

Over the years, hunters and anglers have spent countless hours and tens of millions of dollars in support of conservation in New Hampshire, to the benefit of all the state's wildlife, including moose, bear and bald eagles. Hunting and fishing also provide a significant positive impact on the Granite State's economy. Nearly 300,000 people hunted or fished in New Hampshire in 2001, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These activities generated nearly $250 million in spending in the state.

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