A record $882 million will be distributed to states this year for fish, wildlife and recreation projects, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced.
he funding is part of the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration and Sport Fish Restoration programs. The money is derived from excise taxes on sporting equipment.
Due primarily to increased sales of firearms and ammunition over the last year, the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration and Sport Fish Restoration programs funds (the Pittman-Robertson and Dingle-Johnson acts respectively) will provide an unprecedented $522.5 million to the states. The previous high was $473 million in 2010.
The sport fish fund will provide $359.9 million this year, up from $349.7 million in 2012.
The wildlife funds are collected through excise taxes on the sale of shotguns and rifles (11%), ammunition (11%), archery equipment (11%) and handguns (10%). The fish funds are raised from a 10% excise tax on fishing rods, reels and lures as well as a motorboat fuel tax.