Paying for Wildlife
Many hunters don’t even realize it, but they are the ones who pay for the vast majority of the wildlife conservation work done throughout North America.
How do hunters pay for wildlife conservation?
In the United States, for example, every time you buy a new firearm, ammunition or archery equipment, 11% of the purchase price goes to the federal government and then back to state natural resources agencies for wildlife conservation. This law, which is known as the Pittman-Robertson Act, or the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, was passed in 1937 with strong hunter support. Hunters provide almost $86 million a year for conservation through this excise tax—over $2 BILLION since 1937!
Every time you buy a hunting or trapping license or tag, the money is used by natural resources agency to pay for wildlife management. In the United States, hunters provide about $185 million per year through license fees.
Did you know that:
Many people would support hunting more if they knew who was picking up the bills for conservation—hunters.