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What better time to teach a kid to fish than National Fishing and Boating Week! What better time to teach a kid to fish than National Fishing and Boating Week!
This week is National Fishing and Boating Week... the perfect chance to enjoy nice weather and connect with nature!

In 2011... over 90 million U.S. residents... 38 percent of the population 16 years and older... enjoyed fish and wildlife-related recreation.

So... get outside and have fun!

Many states offer free fishing days during Fishing and Boating Week! In Georgia... the dates this year are June 7... June 14 and September 27. In South Carolina the date is July 4th.
Make the most of Fishing and Boating Week with these tips to stay safe and healthy.
  • Be prepared for all kinds of weather. Check your local forecast and bring a jacket or sweater for cool mornings and evenings. Bring rain gear along, too.
  • Listen carefully. If you are outside and hear thunder... immediately get out of and away from ponds... lakes and other water bodies. Head for a substantial building or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle.
  • Protect your skin. Water reflects sunlight, which can increase the amount of UV reaching your skin. Wear sunscreen and lightweight... light-colored clothing.
  • Cover your head and your toes. Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes from glare... and sturdy shoes to protect your feet from sharp rocks. If you are in a boat... wear shoes that will prevent slipping.
  • Take care of the environment. Make sure our waters and wildlife are available for others to enjoy in the future with smart fishing and boating practices.
Visit www.takemefishing.org for state-specific information about getting a fishing license and finding family-friendly fishing spots.

Participation in wildlife-related recreation in each state (by both residents and non-residents of the state... ages 16 and older). Data is from the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.
StateTotal ParticipantsStateTotal Participants
Alabama1.7 millionMontana570,000
Alaska1 millionNebraska558,000
Arizona2.1 millionNevada734,000
Arkansas1.3 millionNew Hampshire786,000
California7.8 millionNew Jersey2.4 million
Colorado2.3 millionNew Mexico783,000
Connecticut1.4 millionNew York5.5 million
Delaware344,000North Carolina3.5 million
Florida6.4 millionNorth DakotaNot available
Georgia3.1 millionOhio4.3 million
Hawaii465,000Oklahoma1.7 million
Idaho838,000Oregon1.8 million
Illinois3.8 millionPennsylvania4.6 million
Indiana2.3 millionRhode Island402,000
Iowa1.3 millionSouth Carolina1.7 million
Kansas1.2 millionSouth Dakota662,000
Kentucky1.7 millionTennessee2.6 million
Louisiana1.7 millionTexas6.3 million
Maine1.1 millionUtah1 million
Maryland1.6 millionVermont512,000
Massachusetts2.2 millionVirginia3.3 million
Michigan4.4 millionWashington2.8 million
Minnesota2.5 millionWest Virginia1.2 million
Mississippi1.4 millionWisconsin3.5 million
Missouri2.5 millionWyoming775,000
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