Elk NetworkHunter and Angler Conservation Funding Tops $20 Billion

Conservation | March 20, 2018

More than $1.1 billion in national funding generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration (PRDJ) acts in 2017 will be distributed to state wildlife agencies to assist conservation and recreation work. To date, PRDJ generated more than $20.2 billion.

“American sportsmen and women are some of our best conservationists and they contribute billions of dollars toward wildlife conservation and sportsmen access every year through the Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson Acts,” said Secretary Zinke. “For nearly eighty years, states have been able to fund important conservation initiatives thanks to the more than $20 billion that has generated nationwide. Every time a firearm, fishing pole, hook, bullet, motor boat or boat fuel is sold, part of that cost goes to fund conservation. The best way to increase funding for conservation and sportsmen access is to increase the number of hunters and anglers in our woods and waters. The American conservation model has been replicated all over the world because it works.”

Distributed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the funds support critical state conservation and outdoor recreation projects. They are derived from excise taxes paid by the hunting, shooting, boating and angling industries on firearms, bows and ammunition and sport fishing tackle, some boat engines, and small engine fuel.

Go here to read the Department of Interior news release and to see a state-by-state breakdown of allotted funding.

(Photo source: Department of Interior)