Did you know that your hunting and
target-shooting purchases have supported wildlife conservation
for over half a century?
At the turn of the century, America seemed destined to lose much of its wildlife. The destruction of habitat, industrialization, and the overexploitation of certain animals caused a significant decline in many species. In response to this threat, hunters, the sport hunting industry, and other conservationists supported legislation to form the Wildlife Restoration Program in 1937, often referred to as the Pittman-Robertson Act. Today, we can thank you - America's hunters, target shooters, and archery enthusiasts for restoring much of our well-loved wildlife to healthy numbers.
Here's how it works:
You pay a 10 to 11% tax whenever you purchase a sporting firearm, ammunition, handgun, or archery equipment. The money is placed in the Wildlife Restoration Fund, and every year is parceled out to the states to pay for up to 75% of the costs for wildlife restoration, habitat acquisition, hunter education, research, and shooting range development. State hunting license fees contribute to the remaining 25% of the costs.
And you're still giving.
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