Hunters are Stewards of Wildlife

Hunting is an important tool for effectively managing and maintaining healthy wildlife populations and natural ecosystems in Illinois. Through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, an 10–11% excise tax is placed on hunting and shooting equipment purchases, which provides critical funding for the majority of wildlife conservation by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Through this cyclic funding, sports(wo)men help conserve hunting and target shooting opportunities, as well as conservation of habitat and numerous non-game animals. This system, known as the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, was developed in the 1930’s and has been immensely successful for conservation because sports(wo)men have been willing to pay to be stewards of the environment and maintain our long-standing heritage of publicly available hunting opportunities. Click the Wildlife Restoration logo below for more information.