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Celebrate national hunting, fishing day

Rep. Nick Milroy As co-chairman of the Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, and as a member of the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses network, I am proud to join like-minded sportsmen-legislators from across the nation in celebrating ...

Rep. Nick Milroy

 

As co-chairman of the Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, and as a member of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses network, I am proud to join like-minded sportsmen-legislators from across the nation in celebrating the 43rd National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday. In celebrating this day, we recognize the time-honored traditions of hunting and angling, as well as the historical and current contributions of the original conservationists - hunters and anglers - in supporting sound, science-based fish and wildlife management.

Through purchasing licenses, tags and duck stamps, and by paying excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing tackle, motorboat fuel, and other hunting and fishing equipment, sportsmen and women drive conservation funding in the United States. Collectively, these funding sources create the American System of Conservation Funding, a unique "user-pays, public-benefits" model.

Authorized in 1937, the Pittman-Robertson Act, and later the Dingell-Johnson Act in 1950 and the Wallop-Breaux Amendment in 1984, provide funds from excise tax revenue to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Last year alone, Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson combined to contribute $37.2 million while hunting and fishing licenses brought an additional $65.6 million to fund conservation and education efforts. All Wisconsinites benefit from this money through improved access to public lands, public shooting facilities, improved water quality, habitat restoration and numerous other DNR projects funded through this system.

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Wisconsin’s fish and wildlife resources would not be nearly as abundant without our sportsmen and women, nor would our economy be as vibrant. The nearly $4 billion that sportsmen and women spend each year on licenses, equipment, lodging, travel, and other outdoor-related expenses annually creates an economic ripple effect estimated at $6.22 billion statewide.

The Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus recognizes the contributions of sportsmen and women for conservation and the economy, and thanks the Wisconsin DNR for its tireless efforts promoting hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping in our great state.

Whether you yourself are a sportsman or woman, today we celebrate the variety of benefits that hunting and angling provides the Badger State. Enjoy this special occasion, and the vast opportunities to hunt and fish in Wisconsin. The outdoor traditions of hunting and angling should not be taken for granted, and outdoor recreation opportunities should continue to be abundantly available for future generations. More information on National Hunting and Fishing Day is available at www.nhfday.org/Page/Home.aspx .

Rep. Nick Milroy, D-South Range, represents the 73rd District in the Wisconsin Assembly.

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