Connect with nature on Saturday, Sept. 25

INDIANA – Saturday, Sept. 25th is National Hunting & Fishing Day.

Created in 1971 to thank hunters and anglers across the U.S., the day recognizes the power of individuals as a positive force in the protection of natural resources. The day also serves to acknowledge all the ways these groups have provided the funding foundation for wildlife conservation.

On Saturday, the Department of Natural Resources DNR will celebrate National Public Lands Day, a day to get outside and explore a new DNR property or revisit a favorite one. While you’re there, you can participate in the nation’s largest annual volunteering day. Many properties are hosting volunteer events, but every act of kindness counts. Whether you pick up trash on a walk or volunteer at an event, you are leaving the place better than you found it.

On Sunday, Sept. 26 you can take the DNR challenge to explore a new DNR property by visiting any state park or state forest for free. Share pictures of your acts of kindness by using #NPLD2021.

Saturday is also the last Free Fishing Day of 2021.

On Free Fishing Days, Indiana residents can fish Indiana’s public waters without a fishing license or trout/salmon stamp.

Several hunting seasons will also be open, including dove, sora rail, snipe, early teal, and squirrel. Also, youth deer season starts this weekend.

As fall begins in Indiana, invite your friends and family to join you outdoors and take time to safely do what you love with those you love spending time with.

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