Secretary Jewell Announces $1.1 Billion to State Wildlife Agencies from Excise Taxes on Anglers, Hunters, & Boaters

Recreational Users Provide Record Support for Critical Conservation Projects.

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Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute nearly $1.1 billion in excise tax revenues paid by sportsmen and sportswomen to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects across the nation.

A state-by-state table is included in this release.

“People who enjoy hunting, fishing, boating and recreational shooting provide a strong foundation for conservation funding in this country,” Jewell said. “The taxes they pay on equipment and boating fuel support critical fish and wildlife management and conservation efforts, create access for recreational boating, and underpin education programs that help get kids outdoors.”

The Service apportions the funds to all 50 states and territories through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration programs. Revenues come from excise taxes generated by the sale of sporting firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing equipment and tackle, and electric outboard motors. Recreational boaters also contribute to the program through fuel taxes on motorboats and small engines.

“Anyone who enjoys our nation’s outdoor heritage should thank hunters, anglers, recreational boaters and target shooters,” said Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, these individuals have created a 75-year legacy for conservation of critical wildlife habitat and improved access to the outdoors for everyone.”

The total distributions this year are $238.4 million higher than last year because of the inclusion of funds that were not distributed last year because of the government sequester and an increase in excise tax receipts from sales of firearms and ammunition in the Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund.

The Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Program apportionment for 2014 totals a record $760.9 million, which includes $20 million that was sequestered from FY 2013 but subsequently returned to the Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund.

The Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Program apportionment for 2014 totals $325.7 million, which includes $18.5 million that was sequestered from FY 2013 but subsequently returned to the Sport Fish Restoration Trust Fund. The FY 2014 Sport Fish Restoration apportionment is $34.1 million lower than FY 2013 due to lower domestic fishing equipment excise tax receipts.

The Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program reimburses up to 75 percent of the cost of each eligible project, while state fish and wildlife agencies contribute a minimum of 25 percent, generally using hunting and fishing license revenues as the required non-federal match.

Funding is paid by manufacturers, producers and importers and is distributed by the Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program to each state and territory. For information on funding for each state, click here  http://www.fws.gov/home/wsfr/apportionments-fy14.html.

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs have generated a total of more than $15 billion since their inception – in 1937 in the case of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Program and 1950 for the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Program – to conserve fish and wildlife resources. The recipient fish and wildlife agencies have matched these program funds with more than $5 billion. This funding is critical to sustaining healthy fish and wildlife populations and providing opportunities for all to connect with nature.

Please visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program website at wsfrprograms.fws.gov for more information on the goals and accomplishments of these programs and for individual state, commonwealth, and territorial funding allocations.

ALABAMA  $24,306,075  ALASKA  $48,798,100  AMERICAN SAMOA  $2,353,763  ARIZONA  $25,626,338  ARKANSAS  $20,182,820  CALIFORNIA  $41,588,102  COLORADO  $26,957,671  CONNECTICUT  $8,715,486  DELAWARE  $7,752,281  DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA  $1,085,800  FLORIDA  $24,404,776  GEORGIA  $23,306,448  GUAM  $2,353,763  HAWAII  $7,773,961  IDAHO  $20,286,724  ILLINOIS  $22,676,138  INDIANA  $17,301,752  IOWA  $15,633,542  KANSAS  $18,887,612  KENTUCKY  $18,139,584  LOUISIANA  $21,261,136  MAINE  $11,420,465  MARYLAND  $10,458,232  MASSACHUSETTS  $10,516,201  MICHIGAN  $35,244,512  MINNESOTA  $35,296,856  MISSISSIPPI  $14,439,942  MISSOURI  $27,827,946  MONTANA  $27,779,751  N. MARIANA ISLANDS  $2,353,763  NEBRASKA  $16,565,406  NEVADA  $18,210,335  NEW HAMPSHIRE  $7,752,281  NEW JERSEY  $10,516,201  NEW MEXICO  $20,698,851  NEW YORK  $28,467,902  NORTH CAROLINA  $29,553,173  NORTH DAKOTA  $14,897,981  OHIO  $22,464,377  OKLAHOMA  $23,920,300  OREGON  $24,444,659  PENNSYLVANIA  $35,731,360  PUERTO RICO  $6,600,639  RHODE ISLAND  $7,752,281  SOUTH CAROLINA  $14,857,369  SOUTH DAKOTA  $17,835,269  TENNESSEE  $26,002,731  TEXAS  $51,562,020  UTAH  $19,693,655  VERMONT  $7,752,281  VIRGIN ISLANDS  $2,353,763  VIRGINIA  $19,046,390  WASHINGTON  $21,240,210  WEST VIRGINIA  $11,315,854  WISCONSIN  $34,208,337  WYOMING  $18,540,900

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  • 2 thoughts on “Secretary Jewell Announces $1.1 Billion to State Wildlife Agencies from Excise Taxes on Anglers, Hunters, & Boaters

    1. Here in California I have my doubts that the money taken from fishermen and hunters will be used to further their interests. We used to have a Department of Fish and Game. Under our now Humane Society of the U. S. (HSUS) influenced Department of Fish and Wildlife the money is going to an agency that is more interested in closing areas to fishing and hunting than expanding them.

    2. Great, Texas will receive almost 52 million. I have my doubts about it being evenly distributed throughout the states fish and game programs. I do not believe the powers to be anymore, all politicians lie. Example: The temporary fresh water fishing stamp, what happened to the temporary part? Giving up revenue is hard, breaking promises are easy!!!!

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