Bass fishing legend Bill Dance has been selected to serve as honorary chairman for this year's National Hunting and Fishing Day, which will take place Sept. 28.
“We are excited to have Bill Dance as honorary chairman of National Hunting and Fishing Day," said Wonders of Wildlife director of conservation programs Mindy Mitchell (the museum, located in Springfield, Mo., is the official home of NHF Day). "It’s good to have the voice and perspective of one of America’s favorite anglers. His work and dedication shows that hunting, fishing and conservation remain important in all walks of American life today."
Congress established National Hunting and Fishing Day to recognize hunters and anglers for their leadership in fish and wildlife conservation. Since launching in 1971, the day has been formally proclaimed by every U.S. President and countless governors and mayors. Dance joins an elite fraternity of entertainment and sports figures who have served as honorary chairs, including Hank Williams Jr., Travis Tritt, Tracy Byrd, Jeff Foxworthy, Jay Novacek, Robert Urich, Wade Boggs, Ward Burton, Arnold Palmer, Terry Bradshaw, the USA Olympic Shooting Team and Tony Stewart and many others.
“A sense of outdoorsmanship was instilled in me at a very young age,” said Dance. “I couldn’t imagine where I’d be if it weren’t for folks taking time out to show me how my actions as a sportsman affect the conservation side of things. We have an obligation to future generations to expand their knowledge and capabilities in outdoor pursuits so they too can expand on our conservation efforts.”
For more about NHF Day, click here.