Message from Rodney Barreto, President of the FWC – National Hunting and Fishing Day 2021


As we celebrate National Hunt and Fish Day on September 25, I encourage you to take advantage of the many outdoor recreation opportunities our state has to offer. Florida enjoys public access to a wide range of hunting, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing activities. We’re the boating and fishing capital of the world, but did you know we also have one of the largest wildlife management area systems in the country?

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Rodney Barreto, Chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

In 1972, Congress established the fourth Saturday in September as a special day to honor hunters and anglers for their leadership in conserving America’s fish, wildlife and wild places by continually participating in these outdoor activities. air.

The hunting, fishing, boating, and shooting sports industries contribute to the federal sport fish and wildlife restoration program, resulting in millions of dollars annually for each state agency in order to finance the scientific conservation of fish and fauna and the improvement of navigation possibilities. When people buy guns, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing gear, or motor boat fuel, their money ultimately supports research, education, access. public lands and water, and the conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats.

I encourage you to take someone out hunting or fishing for the first time on this National Hunt and Fish Day. Invest in the future of conservation by becoming a mentor. Your time will be well spent helping someone develop a love for the outdoors that lasts a lifetime.

Learn more about hunting in Florida at

Are you looking for a place to go fishing? Check out our new Where to Fish page at or

Visit GoOutdoorsFlorida to purchase or renew your Florida hunting or fishing license. When you buy a license, you are helping conservation and we thank you!

In conclusion, my fellow Commissioners and I appreciate your feedback as we manage and conserve for the future. Take advantage of our public comment section on Commission meetings and participate in our stakeholder workshops on key issues. For more information, visit

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