- Tell the story of the hunt. Explain how challenging it was to kill that deer or turkey or elk, and why it was a memorable experience.
- List how many pounds of meat you harvested from that critter and how many meals it might provide for your family.
- Include a fact about how hunting is good for wildlife, habitat, and humans (see below).
Each year, nearly $200 million in hunters' federal excise taxes are distributed to state agencies to support wildlife management programs, the purchase of lands open to hunters, and hunter education and safety classes.
Sportsmen contribute nearly $8 million every day, adding more than $2.9 billion every year for conservation.
Hunters and target shooters have paid more than $7.1 billion in excise taxes for conservation since the inception of the Pittman-Robertson Act in 1937.
- Modern day regulated hunting has restored whitetail deer numbers back to what it was prior to European colonization. In 1900, less than half a million whitetail deer remained in the U.S. because of market hunting and poor management. Thanks to conservation programs and modern hunting, the whitetail population has reached some 32 million.
For every $25 federal duck stamp purchased, $24.50 goes goes directly to buy and lease wetland habitat on national wildlife refuges. Anyone who hunts waterfowl must purchase a stamp.
The purchase of federal duck stamps by waterfowl hunters has raised more than $800 million since 1934 to protect some 5.7 million acres of habitat for birds and other wildlife.
More than 300 national wildlife refuges were created or have been expanded using federal duck stamp dollars. At least one refuge in nearly every state has benefitted from duck stamp dollars. Anyone who hunts waterfowl must purchase a stamp.