Firearms & Ammunition
Conservation Fosters Hunting and the Shooting Sports
For almost a century, America’s firearms and ammunition manufacturers have shared a partnership with state and federal biologists through the Pittman-Robertson Act — a partnership that funds remarkable conservation success stories across America and fosters hunting and the shooting sports at the same time.
This partnership would be impossible without you, the craftspeople and business owners who fund the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. Our Partner with a Payer initiative invites you to join us and see how your success keeps our country’s wild landscape open for all and sustains our robust tradition of outdoor stewardship.
Biologists study, monitor and manage 500 species of mammals and birds using excise taxes, like the many grants used to study and restore black bears — including more than 87 bear projects in 17 states since 2017.
Supporting shooting facilities
In the past five years, 553 shooting ranges have been designed, constructed, renovated or opened to the public using excise taxes, like Arizona’s Ben Avery shooting complex, the largest of its kind in the United States.
Welcoming new shooters
Every year, over 1 million people receive hunter education supported by excise taxes, like at Vermont’s Green Mountain Conservation Camp, where children learn to shoot alongside many other outdoor skills.
Conserving public land
Roughly 47 million acres are maintained for public access or habitat management with excise taxes, like Kentucky’s 2,900 acre Rockcastle River Wildlife Management Area, acquired in 2016 and now open to hunters.
Did You Know?
Wildlife Restoration grants use excise taxes to ensure abundant wildlife, increase hunter access to millions of acres of wildlife habitat, and welcome new people into the shooting sports through education — a productive trifecta that ultimately benefits manufacturers.
As part of this initiative, two types of events are held to support this important partnership: field tours and facility tours.
Field tours invite industry representatives to unforgettable in-the-field experiences that illustrate the importance of the conservation funds that make fish and wildlife research, habitat conservation, shooting facilities, fish hatcheries and stocking, hunter and aquatic education, and public access to lands and waters possible.
Facility tours invite state fish and wildlife agency representatives to industry facilities to learn about the processes that manufacturers use to make the products that are taxed and result in a critical funding source for state fish and wildlife agency conservation work.
Waterfowl and WMAs
How Wildlife Restoration funding supports crucial habitat for waterfowl and opportunities for public hunting
Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) managed by state fish and wildlife agencies provide important waterfowl habitat and countless opportunities for public hunting on state land across the country. See examples in Arkansas and New York, and learn how funding from excise taxes on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment support these incredible places.
Bringing Bighorns Back
An interactive Storymap about restoring an iconic species
Bighorn sheep are rebounding across the American West thanks to strong conservation partnerships. This ArcGIS Storymap shows how funding from excise taxes on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment has helped restore bighorn in Nevada and beyond.
Funding for Partner With A Payer
In The News
Finding a place to shoot safely is now easier than ever thanks to a new interactive tool premiered today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) as part of its 83-year partnership with states, industry and individual firearms.
With many new efforts focused on recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) and new initiatives being implemented, evaluations to find out which ones work are critically important.
Wildlife Restoration funding supports pronghorn and many other species through water provisioning.