(Photo courtesy of Daniel Defense)
Introduce someone to target shooting before Sept. 23 and you qualify for a chance to win two hot passes to a NASCAR race. The special tickets provide access to the pit and garage, team hauler tours and the opportunity to meet Richard Childress. It’s all part of this year’s National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF) festivities, the 45th annual.
Simply fill out the pledge form and haul that spouse, co-worker or friend to the range. The drawing’s runner-up won’t be complaining, either, because he or she will visit Missouri’s Ozark Mountains for a two-night stay in a log cabin at Big Cedar Lodge, enjoy guided largemouth fishing on Table Rock Lake, attend Bass Pro Shops’ Outdoor Shooting Academy and much more.
“Mentoring is critical to ensure our outdoor tradition lives on through future generations,” said Childress, honorary chair for 2017 NHF Day and NASCAR racing legend. “Make the commitment to take someone outdoors and show them why you value hunting, fishing and target shooting.”
The Pittman-Robertson Act. enacted in 1937, places an 11-percent tax on sporting arms and ammunition. That money is then distributed to states for acquisition of property and development of open-to-the-public facilities (ranges), hunting and firearm education and wildlife conservation. Handguns were added in 1970—at 10 percent—and archery gear was included in 1972. A similar tax, Dingell-Hart, is levied on fishing gear. The sum collected is substantial. Last year the figure was $1.1 billion and Vista Outdoor’s bill for fiscal year 2017 was $87 million.
NHF Day is an annual celebration of the sportsman’s investment and contribution to conservation through organizations and volunteer labor. “Help a friend, family member, neighbor or co-worker learn how to hunt, fish or shoot,” Childress said. “Introducing someone to the joys of the outdoors not only enriches their life, it creates a future conservationist.”