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WRD News Story

 



Conservation Efforts Funded By Georgia Hunters

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 States.”

    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 www.restorewildlife.org .  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.

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