Whenever a Georgia hunter purchases a hunting license, a shotgun, ammunition or a new bow they support the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program. This is the largest and most successful conservation program in the world, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). For more than sixty years hunters have contributed millions of dollars through this program, and together with hunting license fees have helped fund wildlife conservation. Over $4 billion has been contributed to date.
“The Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration program benefits game and nongame
species, protects and restores habitat and helps improve wildlife
management through research,” says WRD Chief of Game Management Todd
Holbrook. “Through this program America’s hunters represent by far the
most substantial source of funding for wildlife management in the United
The Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, also known as the
Pittman-Robertson Act, was passed in 1937. Hunters created this act as a
way to help fund resource management of species commonly hunted. It
allows the Federal government to place a small manufacturers surcharge on
firearms, ammunition and archery equipment. It is collected by the
government and distributed back to state wildlife agencies to fund
wildlife management programs. The amount of money each state agency
receives each year is determined by the number of hunting licenses the
state sells and the size of the state.
WRD uses Wildlife Restoration funds for many types of programs, including:
· Building and maintaining public shooting ranges,
· Conducting hunter education classes,
· Helping restore habitat and improving wildlife populations,
· Operating over one million acres of wildlife management areas that
benefit a wide assortment of wildlife, including species not hunted and
providing enjoyable wildlife-related recreational opportunities.
· Providing information to landowners on how to manage their property
for various species.
For more information on the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration
Program, visit the USFWS website at
. For more information on wildlife management practices in Georgia, visit
the WRD website at
www.gohuntgeorgia.com, contact the local WRD Game Management office or
call (770) 918-6416.