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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Hunters $tep Up to Benefit Conservation

Numbers don’t lie. And when you have more than a billion of something, that’s a pretty bold statement.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service just announced it distributed a staggering $1.1 billion to state wildlife agencies to support conservation and recreation projects across the country.

Where did the money come from? The revenue was generated in 2015 by hunters, anglers and boaters, specifically via the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Acts.

Hunters are responsible for generating the bulk of that funding. Signed into law in 1937, the Pittman-Robertson Act places an 11 percent excise tax on firearms, bows and ammunition. To date, it’s generated more than $10.1 billion that goes directly toward conservation and recreational efforts. The funds highlight the vital link between hunting and conservation and the fact that #HuntingIsConservation

Source: National Shooting Sports Foundation

Additional funding was generated by the Dingell-Johnson Act which is to fishing what the Pittman-Robertson Act is to hunting. 

Go here to see a state-by-state breakdown of the funding apportionment.

Source: US Fish & Wildlife Service/National Shooting Sports Foundation

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