Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program WSFR Program: http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/home.html The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) works with states, insular areas and the District of Columbia to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, their habitats, and the hunting, sport fishing and recreational boating opportunities they provide.
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Fish do fly. Tackle manufacturers pay for fish conservation via excise taxes on their products. Federal Aid in Sport Fis...
07/14/2021
Aerial Fish Stocking in Utah, July 2021

Fish do fly. Tackle manufacturers pay for fish conservation via excise taxes on their products. Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration funds 316 state fish hatcheries, stocking 1.3 billion fish of 70 species annually. The American Sportfishing Association Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

It's that time of year! If you see flying fish at Utah's remote waters, don't be alarmed. We stock high-elevation lakes aerially each summer. Because the fis...

06/29/2021
Wildlife Restoration-funded ranges are open to all.

Excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, and archery gear fund 776 public firearm and archery ranges found across the country via the Wildlife Restoration Act. Public ranges are often where new hunters complete formal hunter education classes—nearly 1.3 million students each year—learning safe handling of firearms at home, in the field, and at the range. National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF Archery Trade Association - ATA Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Video Craig Springer/USFWS

When one thinks of outdoor recreation and wildlife conservation, the first place to come to mind might not be New Jersey...
06/23/2021
Ranges, Ramps, Reefs and Red Knots: Focus on Fish and Wildlife in the Garden State - Partner with a Payer

When one thinks of outdoor recreation and wildlife conservation, the first place to come to mind might not be New Jersey. You'll be surprised by the magnitude of industry excise taxes that fund conservation and recreation opportunities the Garden State. Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF The American Sportfishing Association
https://partnerwithapayer.org/ranges-ramps-reefs-and-red-knots-focus-on-fish-and-wildlife-in-the-garden-state/

Industry excise taxes fund a broad range of conservation and recreation opportunities in an urban state.

Upland game research in Kentucky, funded by Wildlife Restoration derived from excise taxes on firearms and archery gear,...
06/22/2021
Industry-Funded Research: The More Hunters, the Better | Outdoor Wire

Upland game research in Kentucky, funded by Wildlife Restoration derived from excise taxes on firearms and archery gear, reveals some surprising information for biologists--and hunters. Archery Trade Association - ATA National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

https://www.theoutdoorwire.com/features/d7dd34fb-859c-402b-b19e-520fe576a301

Upland wildlife research funded through Wildlife Restoration, derived from excise taxes on firearms, ammunition and archery gear, reveals new information for biologists—and for hunters.

With many new efforts focused on recruitment, retention, and reactivation and new initiatives being implemented, framewo...
06/18/2021
The Evolution of Evaluating Restoration and Recruitment Efforts - Partner with a Payer

With many new efforts focused on recruitment, retention, and reactivation and new initiatives being implemented, frameworks and evaluations to measure which ones work are critically important. Read on. National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF Archery Trade Association - ATA Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies The American Sportfishing Association Take Me Fishing

https://partnerwithapayer.org/the-evolution-of-evaluating-restoration-and-recruitment-efforts/

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.

See how Wildlife Restoration funding, made possible by excise taxes on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment, suppo...
06/15/2021
Partner with a Payer: Waterfowl and WMAs

See how Wildlife Restoration funding, made possible by excise taxes on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment, supports important waterfowl habitat and creates opportunities for public hunting on state land across the country. Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF Archery Trade Association - ATA Arkansas Game and Fish Commission NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Delta Waterfowl Foundation Ducks Unlimited
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W6t4NLaTbk

See how Wildlife Restoration funding, made possible by excise taxes on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment, supports important waterfowl habitat and c...

We know nothing about the hunter who wore this license. But we know this: 1939 was the first year the Ohio Division of W...
05/25/2021

We know nothing about the hunter who wore this license. But we know this: 1939 was the first year the Ohio Division of Wildlife received funds via the Pittman-Robertson Act from excise taxes paid by firearms and ammo manufacturers to restore wildlife, $39,017, total. In 2021, the Ohio DOW received $13,506,686 to restore and manage wildlife and habitats and provide places to hunt. Craig Springer photo. Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Archery Trade Association - ATA National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF

We know nothing about the hunter who wore this license. But we know this: 1939 was the first year the Ohio Division of Wildlife received funds via the Pittman-Robertson Act from excise taxes paid by firearms and ammo manufacturers to restore wildlife, $39,017, total. In 2021, the Ohio DOW received $13,506,686 to restore and manage wildlife and habitats and provide places to hunt. Craig Springer photo. Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Archery Trade Association - ATA National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF

Spotlighting white-tailed deer after dark is a remarkable tool used by biologists to set hunting regulations in Iowa. Re...
05/04/2021
Spotlight on Spring White-tailed Deer Management | Archery Wire

Spotlighting white-tailed deer after dark is a remarkable tool used by biologists to set hunting regulations in Iowa. Read about the statewide nighttime deer surveys in place since 1978. This is conservation work funded by excise taxes paid by archery, firearms, and ammunition manufacturers through the Pittman-Robertson Act. Archery Trade Association - ATA National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Shining or jacklighting white-tailed deer is a known poaching technique. A bright spotlight cast on deer in the dark of the night has a slight stupefying effect on the animal. For that reason, it is a remarkable tool used in deer management in Iowa. For 43 years now, the Iowa Department of Natural R...

Join the Partner with a Payer initiative and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on a rese...
04/30/2021
Black Bear Den Visit with CT DEEP

Join the Partner with a Payer initiative and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on a research visit to a black bear den and learn how Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration funds facilitate research and management of this species across North America. National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Archery Trade Association - ATA Connecticut Fish and Wildlife

The Partner with a Payer initiative joins Connecticut wildlife biologists on a research visit to a black bear den and shows how Wildlife and Sport Fish resto...

Spring turkey seasons are underway. Excise taxes paid by archery, ammunition, and firearms manufacturers fund turkey con...
04/13/2021

Spring turkey seasons are underway. Excise taxes paid by archery, ammunition, and firearms manufacturers fund turkey conservation research and management. Hunter education, too. Photo Craig Springer/USFWS Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF The National Wild Turkey Federation Archery Trade Association - ATA

Spring turkey seasons are underway. Excise taxes paid by archery, ammunition, and firearms manufacturers fund turkey conservation research and management. Hunter education, too. Photo Craig Springer/USFWS Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF The National Wild Turkey Federation Archery Trade Association - ATA

Bighorn sheep are rebounding across the American West thanks to strong conservation partnerships. This storymap shows ho...
03/31/2021
Bringing Bighorns Back from the Brink

Bighorn sheep are rebounding across the American West thanks to strong conservation partnerships. This storymap shows how funding from excise taxes on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment has helped restore bighorn in Nevada and beyond. National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF Archery Trade Association - ATA Wild Sheep Foundation Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society Nevada Bighorns Unlimited Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports

How decades of Wildlife Restoration funding helped recover Nevada's most hard-headed ungulate

Where do federal Wildlife Restoration excise taxes paid by manufacturers of firearms, ammunition and archery gear go? Be...
03/29/2021
Ep. 99: Black Bears, Guns, and Money | MeatEater Podcasts

Where do federal Wildlife Restoration excise taxes paid by manufacturers of firearms, ammunition and archery gear go? Bear conservation for one. Cal's Week in Review podcast explains, following a visit to a Connecticut bear den. Fast-forward to 8:07. #MeatEater #PartnerWithaPayer MeatEater Archery Trade Association - ATA National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

This week, Cal heads to Connecticut and meets with all of the acronyms to see where Pittman Robertson excise tax dollars go. Connect with Cal and MeatEater Cal on Instagram and Twitter MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Cal’s Week in Review Merch

Biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) created a new management tool for stream-dwellin...
03/25/2021
Study Produces New Smallmouth Bass Management Tool - The Fishing Wire

Biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) created a new management tool for stream-dwelling smallmouth bass. Their research was funded by excise taxes paid by manufacturers of fishing gear and on motorboat fuel. The American Sportfishing Association Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Take Me Fishing

  Anglers appreciate the arrowy rush of a smallmouth bass taking off with a streamer on a five-weight, ripping a twitching stickbait, or tugging on fat night crawler. No matter the bait, the tussle is nearly always the same: a hard strike followed by multiple midair head-shaking leaps. And here’s...

Every wildland, field or marsh that has been maintained or restored, every hunting site that has been “opened,” and ever...
03/15/2021
The Wildlife Restoration Program • NSSF

Every wildland, field or marsh that has been maintained or restored, every hunting site that has been “opened,” and every range that has been developed using Wildlife Restoration funds provides another opportunity for more hunting, shooting sports, and archery enthusiasts to enjoy their passion. National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports Archery Trade Association - ATA #HuntingIsConservation

The hunting, shooting, and archery industries help ensure a bright future for recreational hunting and shooting in America.

Did you know?The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program supports States, ...
03/10/2021
Additional protected acres added to Cannons Point Preserve on St. Simons Island, Georgia

Did you know?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program supports States, Commonwealths, and Territories in the U.S. in protecting coastal wetlands ecosystems for the benefit of people and wildlife.

More: http://ow.ly/oJR550DVIal

Approximately 100 protected acres have been added to Cannons Point Preserve, the environmentally significant peninsula on the north-end of St. Simons Island.

"This lone gray tree near a wet desert seep evokes an everlastingly fluid image: It’s November, and raining. A covey of ...
03/10/2021
Seeing with a Hunter's Heart - Sporting Classics Daily

"This lone gray tree near a wet desert seep evokes an everlastingly fluid image: It’s November, and raining. A covey of bobwhite quail takes to the wing in a shocking flurry. The shotgun kicks my wiry frame. The covey’s scattered brown forms pass through the hackberry trees and melt into a miasma, swallowed by a sooty gray sky." Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports Ohio Division of Wildlife NM Game and Fish National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF

Most hunters immerse themselves in an aesthetic ritual, and the very kernel of ritual is a spiritual matter.

Retired vessels find new new purpose on the sea floor of Georgia's coast, providing the substrate for the first building...
03/04/2021
Artificial Reefs Create Habitat, Better Fishing

Retired vessels find new new purpose on the sea floor of Georgia's coast, providing the substrate for the first building blocks of life, from algae all the way to anglers. The American Sportfishing Association Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Georgia DNR National Marine Manufacturers Association

“If you build it, they will come.” That is more than a movie quote—it is an axiom in fisheries conservation. Create habitat and the fish will follow. It’s a take-home message from offshore reef creation well underway, thirty years now, by the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Departm...

For a lure to work, it first has to catch the angler. What's your favorite: crankbait, spinner, popper, or live bait?  P...
03/03/2021

For a lure to work, it first has to catch the angler. What's your favorite: crankbait, spinner, popper, or live bait? Photo: Ryan Hagerty/USFWS Take Me Fishing The American Sportfishing Association Vamosapescar

For a lure to work, it first has to catch the angler. What's your favorite: crankbait, spinner, popper, or live bait? Photo: Ryan Hagerty/USFWS Take Me Fishing The American Sportfishing Association Vamosapescar

Excise taxes on fishing tackle, firearms, ammunition and archery gear paid by the manufacturers provide the funds for co...
02/26/2021

Excise taxes on fishing tackle, firearms, ammunition and archery gear paid by the manufacturers provide the funds for conservation--and have been at since 1937. Click the link to see how much is going to your state for wildlife or sport fish restoration work where you fish and hunt.

National Coastal Wetlands Grants are funded by taxes or import duties collected from the sale of recreational fishing eq...
02/25/2021

National Coastal Wetlands Grants are funded by taxes or import duties collected from the sale of recreational fishing equipment, boats, electric motors, and motorboat and small engine fuels!

It’s a wonderful day for coastal wildlife & habitat conservation! We’re providing over $27 million to 33 projects in 14 coastal states to protect, restore, or enhance more than 28,000 acres of coastal wetlands and adjacent upland habitats via the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program. An additional $22+ million will be provided by state and local governments, private landowners, conservation groups, and other partners to support these projects: http://ow.ly/SDWy50DJ7aY ☀️ 🌊 🐟

Coastal wetland conservation is critical to ensuring wildlife and coastal communities continue to thrive for future generations. Wetlands serve as nurseries for a wide variety of plants, fishes, and wildlife. They also support clean air and water, flood protection, and outdoor recreation, including wildlife watching, fishing, hunting, boating, and photography.

📷: Washington State Department of Ecology, in partnership with the Stillaguamish Tribe, will protect and restore 537 acres of coastal wetlands that will benefit a wide range of fish and wildlife species. Credit: Washington State Department of Ecology

When it comes to black and white crappie there is no gray area: they are fun to catch and make fine table fare.  Sport F...
02/11/2021

When it comes to black and white crappie there is no gray area: they are fun to catch and make fine table fare. Sport Fish Restoration grants fueled by federal excise taxes on fishing gear and motorboat fuel fund crappie management and boater access in your state fish and wildlife agency. Photo: black crappie, Sam Stukel USFWS The American Sportfishing Association Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies National Marine Manufacturers Association

When it comes to black and white crappie there is no gray area: they are fun to catch and make fine table fare. Sport Fish Restoration grants fueled by federal excise taxes on fishing gear and motorboat fuel fund crappie management and boater access in your state fish and wildlife agency. Photo: black crappie, Sam Stukel USFWS The American Sportfishing Association Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies National Marine Manufacturers Association

Did you know these 10 facts about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?
02/10/2021
10 Surprising Facts About the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Did you know these 10 facts about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has protected America’s stunning diversity of native fishes, plants, wildlife, and habitats for over 100 years. From counting birds to combating crime — and from stocking fish to genetics and forensics research — we’re an international wildlife conservation...

02/09/2021

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is rooted in the U.S. Fish Commission, created this day in 1871. Sixty-six years would pass when conservation took another turn for the better, the passage of the Pittman-Robertson Act that directed excise taxes paid by firearms, ammunition and archery manufacturers toward wildlife restoration. Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF Archery Trade Association - ATA

Federal excise taxes paid by fishing tackle manufacturers fund conservation: fishery management, research and angler/boa...
02/08/2021
Enduring Partnerships: America's Fisheries

Federal excise taxes paid by fishing tackle manufacturers fund conservation: fishery management, research and angler/boater access via the Sport Fish Restoration Act. Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies The American Sportfishing Association Colorado Parks and Wildlife Vermont Fish & Wildlife NM Game and Fish NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife American Fly Fishing Trade Association

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5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: WSFR
Falls Church, VA
22041-3803

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