The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the distribution of $1.1 billion dollars to state game and fish agencies—money that was generated by hunters, target shooters, anglers and boaters through excise taxes on purchases of firearms, ammunition, archery and fishing equipment, electric boat motors and taxes on the purchase of motorboat fuel.
Recently, NSSF developed this infographic to illustrate how those funds collected by manufacturers of firearms and ammunition are directed to conserve wildlife and habitat, as well as to support hunter education and the development of public shooting ranges.
The USFWS’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program has provided more than $15 billion for conservation and outdoor recreation opportunities—funds that benefit all Americans, not just hunters, target shooters and anglers. This method of conservation funding, begun in America in 1937, has been adopted by many countries around the world. It’s a system that all sportsmen and women participate in and can be proud of. And we ask that through the use of this infographic and information in the USFWS press release that you help educate all outdoor recreation enthusiasts about the contributions of sportsmen and women.