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How Wildlife is Thriving Because of Guns & Hunting

HOW WILDLIFE IS THRIVING BECAUSE OF GUNS &HUNTING Since the late 1930s, hunters, target shooters and the firearms industry have been the nation's LARGEST contributors to conservation, paying for programs that benefit America's wildlife and all who love the outdoors. HOW IT WORKS Hunters and target shooters purchase guns and ammunition. Manufacturers pay federal excise taxes on guns and ammunition. Revenue from these excise taxes is distributed to state wildlife agencies. State wildlife SOLD agencies use these funds to purchase land for wildlife habitat and to manage wildlife populations. In turn, millions of acres of important habitat have been set aside to help ensure future wildlife abundance. This System Has Provided MORE THAN $12 Billion For Conservation So Far Quick History Early 1900s As many wildlife species are dwindling in numbers or disappearing, firearms industry steps forward and asks Congress to redirect excise tax on sale of guns and ammo to help fund wildlife conservation. 1937 Congress passes and President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act into law. 1938 to today: Revenue from this act has purchased millions of acres of prime habitat that is maintained by state wildlife agencies. These lands, where game and non-game species flourish, are purchased with sportsmen's v dollars but used by all Americans. Where the Money Goes Buy, develop, maintain and operate wildlife management areas Research projects focused on wildlife conservation Hunter safety and education programs Construction and maintenance of public target shooting ranges THEN & NOW White Tailed Deer Population ! 500,000 32,000,000 Ducks / Waterfowl Population FEW 44,000,000 ------------------------------ Rocky Mountain Elk 41,000 1,000,000 Wild Turkeys | 100,000 7,000,000 Pronghorn Antelope 12,000 1,100,000 OTHER WAYS SPORTSMEN CONTRIBUTE STATE Excise taxes combined with revenue from hunting and fishing license sales fund the majority of state wildlife agency budgets. 19 Main STATE Duck stamp proceeds are used by the government to buy or lease wetland habitat for ducks, geese and hundreds of non-game birds and animals. $81 Million CONTRIBUTED ANNUALLY SOME HEROES OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL CONSERVATION MODEL IN THE WORLD ARE: Theodore Roosevelt Aldo Leopold Key Pittman Willis Robertson SHOOTING THE FIREARMS INDUSTRY TRADE ASSOCIATION | NSSF.ORG| 1901 006L 406L TODAY TODAY

How Wildlife is Thriving Because of Guns & Hunting

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Since the late 1930s, hunters, target shooters and the firearms industry have been the nations LARGEST contributors to conservation, paying for programs that benefit America's wildlife and all who lov...

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