Partners in Sustainable Funding and Conservation
Foster Hunting, the Shooting Sports and Archery

Partner with a Payer®

Partner with a Payer is an initiative of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program involving state and industry partners. It was initiated with the goal of strengthening ties between the people who make this very successful conservation partnership work so well – manufacturers that pay excise taxes through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Acts, and state agencies that conserve wildlife and habitat and the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Funded by the Wildlife Restoration Act (also known as the Pittman Robertson Act) excise taxes are collected from manufacturers in the hunting, shooting, and archery industries and funded by the Sport Fish Restoration Act (aka the Dingell-Johnson Act) marine manufacturers pay excise taxes on fishing gear and motorboat fuel. These industries and their connection with the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service have created not only strong industries but a very bright future for recreational hunting and shooting sports as well as sport fishing activities nationwide.

Many of you may be aware of all the great achievements that have been and continue to be accomplished with these excise tax dollars. Many more of you will likely be amazed as well as proud of the impact your contributions have made and continue to make to this highly effective effort.

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Rare Opportunity to Observe Bighorn Sheep Population Management

This important work is done for the health and preservation of the Bighorn sheep population, as well as many other species – in return providing enjoyment for both hunters and non-hunters alike.


More Conservation and Wildlife Stories

Take a look at a state-of-the-art public shooting sport facility that excise taxes helped to build, get a glimpse of two firearm manufacturing facility tours. Hear from people on both sides of the Wildlife Restoration Act as to how it benefits all of us.

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The message and the story about this funding and the cooperative partnership involved are both significant and important!  If you find that you are surprised, proud, or simply more informed by what you’ve found here, please take the time to share with your staff, co-workers, family and friends.

Thank You!


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Videos produced for the National Shooting Sports Foundation via Multistate Conservation Grant #F21AP00278-01 awarded by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). 2021.