It’s that time of year again, when this year’s distribution of the revenues generated from excise taxes paid by the hunting, boating, and angling industries gets doled out among the states via the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts.
The program raised $1.1 billion for state wildlife agencies in 2015, and will be distributed to states according to the sale of hunting and fishing licenses in that state. Funds go toward conservation, outdoor recreation, and job creation, including buying, developing, maintaining, and managing wildlife management areas.
Minnesota will receive $33.6 million this year, $20.7 million for wildlife restoration and $12.9 million for sport fish restoration.
To date, the the program has distributed about $18 billion since it was established in 1937.