Hunters play an important role in caring for and managing wildlife. One example is the Pittman-Robertson Act; it was enacted in 1937 to collect and redistribute taxes collected to improve wildlife management practices and to educate hunters. Every time an individual buys a hunting license, box of ammunition, rifle, shotgun, bow or handgun, an excise tax is collected by the federal government. That money is later redistributed to the states for conservation and education efforts. Money also comes from private endowments that support these aims.

Hunters also pay for conservation efforts through fees to conservation organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Quail Unlimited, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, to name only a few.

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