Why Do We Hunt?
It's a Fact
"Federal excise taxes on the sale of firearms and ammunition — paid by hunters and shooters — have raised $4 billion to purchase 4 million acres of wildlife habitat and annually manage more than 50 million acres. These taxes, matched 3 to 1 by hunting license dollars, funded the comeback of wildlife in this country."
— James Earl Kennamer, Ph. D., NWTF chief conservation officer
The connection is the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.
This model, which was developed over the last 100 years, has effectively restored wildlife to its highest level in the last century.
That restoration was made possible by dedicated hunters. (Read more historical facts about conservation.)
Without hunters spending hard-earned cash on guns and ammunition, bows and arrows, and hunting licenses, there would be no money to hire the wildlife biologists, conservation officers and foresters necessary to complete the restoration of so many wildlife species.
Hunters are the champions of conservation.
No other civilization or nation has lost their wildlife resources and then rebuilt them like we have.
It has not happened in Europe, Asia or Africa.
We have the most successful conservation model to sustain healthy wildlife populations, and it all depends on a public that loves hunting and loves the animals they hunt.
In order to save wildlife species and the wild places where we love to hunt them, we must have hunters.
But our mission to preserve our hunting heritage is about more than just hunting.
It's a lifestyle — a love for the outdoors and a passion to see future generations carry on the tradition.
We must raise the next generation of hunters to understand what it's like to stand on the edge of a forest opening and listen to a gobbling wild turkey and cherish it and want to protect it for their children.