August designated National Shooting Sports Month
By Chris Eger
The 31-day celebration encourages hunting and visits to shooting ranges, preferably with a friend, spouse or partner, in conjunction with special offers from sporting goods retailers. (Photo: Michigan Department of Natural Resources)
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a proclamation last week to encourage participation in the shooting sports and emphasize firearms safety.
National Shooting Sports Month, advocated by the trade group of the firearms industry, was officially adopted by Zinke last Thursday. A recent appointment by President Trump, Zinke oversees the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service, covering about 20 percent of the land in the country.
“I grew up in the mountains of northwest Montana, where I spent my time hunting and fishing on our shared public lands,” said Zinke, a retired Navy SEAL and Republican Congressman. “I was lucky to take my boys out on the same land that my dad and granddad took me. Today I’m focused on continuing that tradition by announcing this August, and every August under my leadership at Interior will be proclaimed National Shooting Sports Month.”
Originally an initiative of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the month-long event is dedicated to the 50 million people who participate in