How Wildlife Conservation is Funded

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Few  folks actually enjoy paying more in taxes, but you can count hunters among those who do. The Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937 was supported by organized sportsmen and -women, state fish and game agencies, and industry to tax firearms and ammunition with the proceeds going specifically to wildlife conservation. The outcome has been nothing short of remarkable: State fish and game agencies have for 80 years been assured of a steady stream of funding. When you buy that new firearm, arrows or a new bow, a box of shotgun shells or fishing tackle you should know you are making an investment in conservation’s cycle of success. As much as 11 percent of your purchase will be granted to your state fish and game agency and returned to you in the form of science-based wildlife and fisheries conservation.