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February 24, 2009

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Funds


The Department of the Interior announced yesterday that more than $740.9 million will be distributed to the fish and wildlife agencies of the 50 states, commonwealths, the District of Columbia, and territories to fund fish and wildlife conservation, boater access to public waters, and hunter and aquatic education. Those Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Funds funds come from excise taxes and import duties on sporting firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, sportfishing equipment, electric outboard motors, and fuel taxes attributable to motorboats and small engines.

The Wildlife Restoration apportionment for 2009 totals nearly $336 million, with more than $64.7 million marked for hunter education and firearm and archery range programs.

Read the Interior Department news release, which gives a good overview of how these funds are used, and see how they are apportioned.