Pennsylvania recently celebrated National Hunting and Fishing Day on September 25. This day, established by Congress in 1971, is a chance to recognize how important hunting and fishing are to both the people and the economy of Pennsylvania as well as the U.S.A.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said, “Hunting and angling offer participants an opportunity to connect with nature on a personal level while simultaneously providing food security, a sense of self-sufficiency, and both mental and physical health benefits.”
Did you know that Pennsylvania (aka PA) was one of the first states in the nation to support the establishment of fish and wildlife conservation agencies? It also pioneered a self-imposed federal excise tax on hunting, fishing, and boating equipment to raise additional conservation funds. Pennsylvania believes in smart management of its wildlife and its acres and acres of wild land.
Ever wonder how many miles of streams there are for fishing in PA? If you guessed about 86,000 miles, you’re right! And how about the number of lakes and ponds in PA? If you guessed about 4,000, you’re right again.
Pennsylvania is home to more than 1.4 million hunters and anglers, and these great people contribute to the state’s economy to the tune of $1.5 billion in annual spending, $181 million of which goes to state and local taxes. There are about 24,000 jobs in PA that are supported by the hunting and fishing industries.
For more info about hunting and fishing in PA, check out www.huntfish.pa.gov and www.pgc.pa.gov. And if you’d like to arrange a guided deer or big game hunt in rural PA, call Tioga Boar Ranch at 570-835-5341 or use the online form, here. Tioga Ranch is located at 1552 Mann Hill Road in Tioga, PA.