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Luke Bryan chairs hunting and fishing day

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 – Luke Bryan will be the honorary chairman of National Hunting and Fishing Day, slated for Sept. 26.

Congress established National Hunting and Fishing Day to recognize hunters and anglers for their leadership in fish and wildlife conservation. Since launching in 1972, the day has been formally proclaimed by every U.S. President and countless governors and mayors. Other honorary chairs have included actors, entertainers and sports stars like Wade Boggs, Jay Novacek, Robert Urich, Ward Burton, Tom Seaver, George Brett, John Havlicek, Arnold Palmer and Terry Bradshaw .

"I feel very proud to be a part of this," said Bryan. "I'm looking forward to the coming year. I hope to help grow awareness of what hunters and anglers do for conservation, and just promote hunting and fishing overall. It's so important for young people to get involved in the outdoors. I couldn't imagine my life and career without the time that I've spent hunting and fishing."

A native of Leesburg, Ga., Bryan grew up farming, hunting and fishing with his family. "I don't remember learning how to hunt and fish - just like I don't remember learning how to talk. It was just a natural thing in our family. Part of our lifestyle. I had a dad who wanted to take me hunting and fishing, and we went two or three times a week."

"We're thrilled that Luke will be the face and voice of the sporting community this year. With his help, National Hunting and Fishing Day will again serve as a great reminder to all Americans that conservation succeeds only because of hunters, anglers and shooters," said Denise Wagner of Wonders of Wildlife museum.

The museum, in Springfield, Mo., is the official home of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The museum coordinates public education and awareness campaigns to promote traditional outdoor sports.

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