Where Our Taxes Go: Pittman-Robertson Funds for Wildlife Conservation Featured in New Video
If you are an American hunter, you’ve no doubt heard of the 1937 Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, better known today as the Pittman-Robertson (P-R) Act. A revolutionary idea, the P-R Act levied an excise tax on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment with those tax dollars paid by sportsmen and women going to state fish and wildlife agencies for wildlife conservation projects.
Since its inception, the P-R Act has raised $14.7 billion for the benefit of wildlife conservation and restoration, hunter education and shooting ranges. But how does this tax on shooting sports products ultimately translate into funding for wildlife conservation on the ground and in the field where it really matters? A new video released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)—titled “Power of Partnership: A Public-Private Partnership Benefiting Wildlife & Habitat Conservation”—explains exactly that.
The fourth video in NSSF’s Power of Partnership series found on the group’s “Partner with a Payer” website, it features Sarah Parker Pauley, Director of the Missouri Department of Conservation, who shared, “Here in Missouri, we had our first elk [hunting] season in modern times introduced last year and our first black bear season this year. These are stories now of new opportunities for our hunters and anglers that wouldn’t be possible without these critically important (P-R Act) funds.”
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