Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sportsmen Paying the Freight for 75-years

by Chris Lawrence
Metro News Online, Charleston

When you want to talk about the heyday of hunting and fishing in West Virginia and in the United States, we are very fortunate to be living in it right now.    If you ask any hunter in his fifties or over, you'll find a far different story about hunting and fishing as a kid than the children of today who hunt and fish will tell.   Today's abundance of all species of wildlife in the U.S. is one of the single greatest tributes to conservation in the history of mankind.    It's here because you and I paid for it.
The year 2012 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Act in the United States.   The results of the excise taxes we pay when we buy firearms, ammunition, archery, and fishing equipment is directly tied to the abundance of not only game species, but even to critters we don't hunt in our world today.
"The funds allowed a transformation in how we managed wildlife," said John Organ with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at a recent conference of professional wildlife managers in Charleston. "Up until 1937 the model for managing wildlife was restrictive laws and regulations designed to string out a dwindling supply of wildlife." 
note: John is a Board member with Orion


  1. I´m from Brazil and here isn´t permited hunting and the chase doesn´t have value and in the camp plantation they put poisons that kill a lot of birds and animals. If you kill a bird with a shotgun you can go to jail.
    Your blog is very good

  2. Wildlife as being held as a public trust is key to our model of wildlife management and our current abundant wildlife that is available under state and federal regulation to everyone. This doctrine makes wildlife valuable to all citizens and gives us all a stake in making sure it is preserved into the future.
    I gather that wildlife is owned by the landowners in Brazil similar to the European system?

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