By Nick Buggia, Upper Midwestern States Manager
On December 5, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) joined Ducks Unlimited for a breakfast briefing at the Wisconsin Capitol, in Madison. The event brought together state legislators, legislative staff, and local conservation organizations.
CSF Upper Midwestern States Manager Nick Buggia, gave a presentation on the American System of Conservation Funding (ASCF), explaining that the vast majority of funding for state fish and wildlife agencies is generated by sportsmen, in a “user pays, public-benefit” program. This funding comes from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses in combination with Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson/Wallop-Breaux funds from excise taxes on various hunting and fishing related gear.
Other presentations included an update from Ducks Unlimited on projects they are working on in the region, and the announcement of a new coalition that formed called Sportsmen for Wetlands. This event provided an opportunity for CSF to collaborate with partner organizations on conservation funding efforts.
Sportsmen and women contribute billions of dollars to conservation every year. The sportsmen and women of Wisconsin contributed over $100 million to conservation in their state in 2017.
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (9.89%)
- Enact or expand temporary hunter education deferral programs (apprentice license programs, multiyear options, programs for all first-time hunters regardless of age, and programs promoting hunting of multiple game species). (13.37%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (63.37%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (13.37%)