National Hunting & Fishing Day 2020: Best Country Songs About the Outdoors

by Caroline Bynum
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The fourth Saturday of September marks National Hunting and Fishing Day. Some states offer free fishing or lessons on the great outdoors. People are challenged to take loved-ones out hunting and fishing to celebrate and teach others about the activities. Of course, country music goes hand and hand with hunting, fishing, and loving, so here are some songs to crank up while you celebrate today.

Top 5 songs about fishing:

  • Bad Day of Fishin’ by Billy Currington
    “A bad day of fishing beats a good day of anything else,” Currington sings the truth! It doesn’t matter if you catch 15 or zero, because sitting by the water, sipping a cool beer, and (trying) to reel ’em in, beats almost anything.
  • Bait a Hook by Justin Moore
    What a great break-up song. Just Moore sings about the new guy his ex-girlfriend is going out with. He snarkily sings, “He can’t even bait a hook, he can’t even skin a buck..” and continues adding other classic attributes that this city-boy is missing.
  • Fishin’ in the Dark by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    You can’t forget this classic from 1987. The toe-tapping song talks about night-time fishing and romance. They sing of the perfect way to win a girl’s heart: “You and me, going fishing in the dark / Lying on our backs and counting the stars / Where the cool grass grows.”
  • I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song) by Brad Paisley
    This hilarious tune sings about something all fisherman have probably considered before. In the songs, the woman gives him an ultimatum: me or fishing? Paisley answers the question by singing, “I’m gonna miss her / When I get home / But right now, I’m on this lakeshore / And I’m sittin’ in the sun.” Fishing for the win.
  • Just Fishin‘ by Trace Adkins
    This tear-jerker speaks about father-daughter fishing trips. Adkins sings, “she thinks we’re just fishin’ on the riverside / Throwin’ back what we could fry / Drownin’ worms and killin’ time,” saying she doesn’t even realize how much he loves this time. The memories they make on the water are more important than any fish they could ever catch. Grab the tissues, the music video is just as heart-warming as the lyrics:

Top 5 songs about hunting:

  • Camouflage by Tyler Farr
    Another adorable father-child song, these lyrics reflect on a father and son going hunting. “In his camoflouge, feelin’ like a man, wanting to be just like his dad / Ready and waiting with a gun in his hand,” Tyler Farr sings of the little boy so eager to be on the hunt with his father.
  • Drinkin’ Beer and Wastin’ Bullets by Luke Bryan
    Now this one is just funny. The upbeat tune talks about an unsuccessful hunt. He sings about waiting on a deer and wasting bullets. “Been here all day / All I killed is a twelve-pack,” Bryan sings.
  • Grandaddy’s Gun by Aaron Lewis
    You still have the tissue box, right? Here is another emotional one. Aaron Lewis sings about relationships with grandfather’s and the lessons they teach us. “A guns like a woman son, it’s all how you hold her / He taught me a whole lot more than how to hunt,” he sings. The video shows antique-looking videos of a young boy and his grandfather exploring outdoors and shooting the gun. So sweet.
  • Ol’ Red by Blake Shelton
    Dogs are a man’s best friend and anyone’s best hunting buddy, right? These lyrics talk about the dog whose “Got a nose that can smell a two-day trail / He’s a four-legged tracking machine”
  • A Country Boy Can Survive by Hank William Jr.
    Of course, it’s critical to mention the great Hank Williams Jr. He talks about all things country in this song, so of course he mentions hunting and fishing: “And we can skin a buck, we can run a trotline And a country boy can survive, country folks can survive.” A classic tune highlighting the grit of country folks.

So, with all that, happy National Hunting and Fishing Day! Time to pack a cooler, grab the fishing pole, and head to the lake with a speaker so we can listen to these hits on repeat.

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