It's the kind of irony that maybe one day we'll be able to look back on and smile as we remember "life during the pandemic". Ever since the pandemic began Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents have been touting the great outdoors as a great place to social distance and still enjoy the bounties of our state.

In an odd and ironic twist, a day set aside to show appreciation and offer education on those kinds of activities has been cancelled because of concerns over coronavirus. National Hunting and Fishing Day events in Louisiana, scheduled for September 26th of this year have been cancelled.

The nationwide event is celebrated in all 50 states, however, it won't be celebrated this year in Louisiana because of those COVID mitigation concerns. Scheduled annually for the fourth Saturday in September the event is often seen as a springboard between the spring and summer outdoor activities such as fishing and boating to more of the fall weather fun outside which naturally includes hunting.

The special day was created by Congress in 1972 when lawmakers passed measures to ensure that there would be a specific day in our country to celebrate the conservation contributions of our nation's hunters and anglers.

Remember, you can still support those conservation ideas by simply purchasing your hunting and fishing licenses. Those funds go to support the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the many educational opportunities they provide.