Normally, Americans hate taxes. One on tea actually kickstarted our independence. That dislike for the “T” word runs deep in our society, except for in one area. Sportsmen pushed the United States Congress to put an 11 percent tax on hunting, fishing, and shooting supplies at the wholesale level, with the proceeds going directly to support hunting, fishing, and conservation. As a result, no country on Earth has the wildlife infrastructure like the USA. Our animals and fish are thriving, and millions and millions of Americans enjoy that interaction annually. This post on The Outdoor Wire sates the matter clearly.

New statistics recently released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) show hunters and anglers generated $1.1 billion in 2014. That funding will be distributed to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies to support America’s conservation and recreation projects.”‘Hunting Is Conservation’ is not just a motto or a theme or a mantra. It’s truth,” said David Allen, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation president and CEO. “Sportsmen and women who hunt and fish are the people who generate the funds for on-the-ground conservation and wildlife management efforts from coast to coast.”

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“These funds are the cornerstone of state-based efforts that are critical to the preservation of America’s wildlife and natural resources,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “But they are also the fuel for a massive financial engine that benefits outdoor recreationists, hunters, boaters and anglers, equipment manufacturers and retailers, and local and regional economies. Their value cannot be overstated in providing opportunities for the next generation of Americans to get outdoors, experience our wild places and learn the importance of conserving our natural heritage.”