75 years of success—a partnership for American wildlife
In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (now the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act). At a difficult time when the country was still reeling from an economic crash, Senator Key Pittman from Nevada and Congressman A. Willis Robertson co-sponsored the Pittman-Robertson bill for wildlife restoration. This radical, unprecedented law established an excise tax on sporting guns and ammunition to fund wildlife restoration and conservation.
The Act fostered partnerships between federal and state fish and wildlife agencies, the sporting arms industry, conservation groups, and sportsmen and sportswomen to benefit wildlife. It has been key to implementing the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. In 1950, the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act (now the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act) passed. Together, the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program has contributed more than $12 billion to fish and wildlife conservation in the U.S.; more than any other single conservation effort.
Monies are directed to the state level based on several factors including the number of paid sporting licenses. In Georgia, these funds are approximately $14 million a year and have helped to fund the management and acquisition of nearly 1 million acres of wildlife management areas, along with other conservation efforts.
2012 marks the 75th anniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program. Generations of Georgia’s citizens have benefited from this partnership and with your support, the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program will continue to conserve habitat for fish and wildlife, and recreational opportunities for anglers, boaters, hunters and shooters far into the future. By purchasing your license, you are contributing to this important work, and we thank you for being our partner in conservation.
Commissioner, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Regulations in red are new this year.
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