Did you know National Hunting & Fishing Day is celebrated on the fourth Saturday of every September? The day serves to celebrate hunters and anglers for their contributions to conservation and inspire future generations to follow in stewardship of preserving our natural resources.

Over the years, more than $57 billion has been raised through self-imposed taxes and fees from outdoormen and women like you. 

The Benefits of Using Camouflage Equipment

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Photo courtesy of Anissa Terry

“Look closely at nature. Every species is a masterpiece, exquisitely adapted to the particular environment in which it has survived." - E.O. WIlson


Whether you are hunting this weekend or planning an upcoming trip, there are multiple benefits of utilizing camouflage when it comes to outdoor sports.

The first is the ability to visually blend into your environment for better concealment, avoiding detection if you’re able to remain still and quiet. With over 40 patterns to choose from, you’ll certainly be able to blend into your environment no matter what wildlife you’re trying to get photos of. If choosing a camouflage pattern seems overwhelming, take a gander at our article “The Search For The Right Pattern” which will help match patterns to physical environments. Our camouflage vinyl also has a military-grade matte finish, meaning it will blend in very well with no reflection that may cause a distraction or alert animals to your presence. Just remember, many animals use their sense of smell and hearing to detect threats and activate their internal safety systems, and photography camo alone won’t help that.

The second benefit to camouflaging your hunting essentials with Mossy Oak Graphics camo vinyl is protection. Our camouflage vinyl protects the surface below it from sun, branches, or rain. We’re so confident in the quality of our camouflage vinyl we offer a 5-year no fade warranty. Your camouflage gear will be protected from the elements, so you can focus on the task at hand. Blend in while protecting the surface of anything from binoculars to bows and crossbows - that’s a win-win.

The third perk? Our camouflage vinyl is removable (even after 9 years)! You can easily remove our camouflage material from your gear and swap your pattern for the next season. To remove, use a heat gun or hair dryer to warm it up. This softens the adhesive enough to easily pull it off. Start in a corner and pull the vinyl back against itself and it’ll come right off!

Photo courtesy of Jed Owen

“While I didn't love getting up before the sun was up, some of the fondest memories of my youth were the first weekends of fishing every year with my dad.” - Wyatt B.

“Whenever we stock up on new gear, we always get the kids involved each season with helping to inventory, clean and wrap our gear!” - Clay M.

What a great way to get young hunters and anglers involved in gearing up for the new season! There are so many ways to customize and personalize your equipment and accessories with our camouflage vinyl.


So, how do you camouflage your hunting essentials?

Our camouflage vinyl is easy to apply, and fits any smooth surface provided you order enough material. Will it work on my Yeti cooler? What about my Honda generator? Absolutely - with a little heat and a small blade, you will stretch the material and trim to fit your gear’s shape. Our material conforms to complex curves with a little heat, so with some patience and precision you’ll get a perfect application.

Aside from your larger essentials, our camouflage vinyl can also be used to cover anything from your thermos to hunting knives and cameras! Our customers use our vinyl in some pretty unique and interesting ways, we’re sure aside from your hunting essentials, you could put any extra material to good use like these customers did. Are there other items you take on your first excursion of the season? If it’s a rigid, smooth surface, cover it in camo!

“Bought the rolls for my Canon RF 100-500mm and it looks awesome. Thank you.” - Daniel D

National Hunting & Fishing Day's Mission

The Importance of Funding Conservation

From the very beginning, hunters and anglers have been at the forefront of wildlife conservation efforts. They have recognized the importance of maintaining healthy animal populations and habitats, not only for their own pursuits but for the overall health of ecosystems.

Much of the funding for wildlife conservation in the U.S. comes directly from hunting and fishing through licenses, permits, and taxes on equipment. NHFD shines a light on this crucial funding mechanism and ensures that both the general public and policymakers recognize its importance

Education, Promoting Outdoor Sports and Connecting People with Nature

NHFD serves as an educational tool. It's a day to emphasize the importance of sustainable and ethical hunting and fishing practices. Events held on this day across the country often include workshops, demonstrations, and discussions that educate participants about conservation.

The day offers a fantastic opportunity to introduce young people to hunting, fishing, and other outdoor sports. Many events cater specifically to children and young adults, providing hands-on experiences that might spark a lifelong passion for the outdoors.

One of the most effective ways to encourage conservation is to foster a deep connection between people and the natural world. By promoting hunting and fishing, NHFD helps people, especially the youth, to appreciate and understand the intrinsic value of nature.

Check out National Hunting & Fishing Day events near you!

Tips for Young or Novice Hunters and Anglers

Young hunters and anglers have a unique opportunity to learn valuable skills and develop a deep appreciation for the outdoors. Here are some tips to help them get started and make the most of their experiences:


1. Safety First: Prioritize safety above all else. Learn and follow firearm safety rules and fishing safety guidelines.

2. Get Proper Training: Take hunter safety and angler education courses if they are required in your area. These courses teach essential skills and regulations.

3. Start Small: Begin with small game hunting or easy-to-catch fish species. As your skills and confidence grow, you can move on to bigger challenges.

4. Know the Laws: Familiarize yourself with hunting and fishing regulations for your area. Stay up to date with any changes.

5. Respect Wildlife: Learn about the animals and fish you're pursuing. Respect their habitats and follow ethical hunting and fishing practices.

6. Use the Right Gear: Invest in quality gear, but don't feel pressured to buy the most expensive equipment right away. Start with the basics and upgrade as you gain experience.

7. Practice Patience: Hunting and fishing often require long periods of waiting. Develop patience and enjoy the process of being in nature.

8. Learn from Experienced Hunters and Anglers: Seek guidance and mentorship from experienced hunters and anglers. They can provide valuable tips and share their knowledge.

9. Scout and Research: Before heading out, research your hunting or fishing location. Look for signs of animal activity or fish presence and plan accordingly.

10. Stay Prepared: Carry essential survival gear, including a first-aid kit, emergency supplies, and navigation tools, when venturing into the wilderness.

11. Practice Conservation: Support conservation efforts and follow the principles of leave-no-trace camping and fishing. Leave nature as you found it for future generations to enjoy.

12. Hone Your Skills: Continuously work on improving your shooting accuracy, tracking skills, and fishing techniques. Practice makes perfect.

13. Respect Property Rights: Always get permission from landowners before hunting or fishing on private property and respect their rules and boundaries.

14. Document Your Experiences: Keep a journal or take photos and videos of your trips. It's a great way to track your progress and relive your outdoor adventures.

15. Share the Experience: Introduce others to hunting and fishing, especially those who may not have had the opportunity to learn. Teach them about safety, ethics, and conservation.

16. Stay Informed: Stay updated on conservation issues, wildlife management, and changes in hunting and fishing laws. Advocate for responsible outdoor practices.

17. Be Mindful of the Environment: Dispose of trash properly, pick up litter you may find, and avoid harming the environment in any way.

18. Enjoy the Journey: Remember that hunting and fishing are about more than just harvesting animals or catching fish. Enjoy the beauty of nature and the time spent outdoors.


By following these tips, young hunters and anglers can build a strong foundation of skills and values that will serve them well throughout their outdoor adventures.

Happy Hunting!