A proud fisherboy shows off his catch. (©Georgia DNR)
By Jennifer McKee
September 25 is National Hunting & Fishing Day. Former President Richard M. Nixon established the day in 1972 as a way of celebrating hunters and anglers for the time and money they donated to national conservation programs. In Georgia, the day is celebrated three times a year: twice in June and on the fourth Saturday in September.
On these days, Georgia residents don’t need a license to fish on public waters throughout the state, such as lakes, streams, ponds and public fishing areas.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring a number of free events in conjunction with NHF Day. The closest to Augusta takes place at the McDuffie Public Fishing Area (40 minutes southwest), known for its stock of largemouth bass, bluegills, channel catfish, and redear sunfish. It also has an archery range, nature trails, wildlife viewing and opportunities for waterfowl hunting (hunters must check the kiosk at the entrance to find out which ponds are open).
McDuffie’s kids fishing event takes place from 8 am-noon, when kids ages 15 and under can fish to their heart’s content—bring a cooler, because they can keep up to five catfish each. Kids should bring their own poles, tackle and bait and must be accompanied by an adult (who can’t fish—this one’s strictly for the kiddos).
Discover additional events on the Georgia DNR’s calendar.
Not an angler or hunter? Get out and enjoy Georgia’s natural resources on a hike, bike ride, bird-watching expedition or camping trip.