Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Programs

The Sport Fish & Wildlife Restoration programs are tremendous examples of true partnership programs between private industries, state governments, the federal government and the hunters, anglers and boaters. The manufacturers of firearms, ammunition, bows and arrows, rods, reels fishing tackle and fish finders pay an excise tax (3-12.4%) at first sale. Additionally, gasoline fuels are taxed and a portion of those dollars from motorboats and small engines are dedicated to the Sport Fish Restoration Program. The federal government collects these taxes and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service administers and disburses these funds to the state fish and wildlife agencies. Hunters, anglers, shooters and boaters ultimately pay these taxes through the purchase of products. It is these same people who benefit from these funds as the states must spend the money on sport fish and wildlife habitat restoration/development, population management, user access and facilities and education.


The funds are used by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for:

  • purchasing fish and wildlife lands and waters
  • developing lakes, wetlands and other fish and wildlife habitat
  • construction fish hatcheries, research laboratories and user facilities
  • operating and maintaining wildlife management areas, shooting ranges, fishing lakes and access areas for the optimum use by the public
  • constructing boating access facilities such as boat ramps, docks, parking lots, restrooms and fish cleaning stations
  • surveying and managing fish and wildlife populations
  • training volunteer instructors and educating young hunters, archers and anglers in safe firearms handling, archery instruction, water safety, fish and wildlife resources, ethics afield and introductory hunting and fishing techniques.

   
 

The Cycle of Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Funding

2008 Sport Fish Restoration Dollars at Work in Oklahoma:  $7,502,897.00

2008 Wildlife Restoration Dollars at Work in Oklahoma:  $6,549,087.00

Total Sport Fish & Wildlife Restoration Dollars:  $14,051,984.00

 

 

 

 

Your Involvement is Needed!

Because these programs are critically important to anglers, hunters, recreational shooters and boaters your awareness and support of the Sport Fish & Wildlife Restoration Programs is important. The Success of Oklahoma’s fisheries and wildlife management efforts depends upon these dedicated funds and your license dollars. 

Your purchase of hunting and fishing licenses, equipment, and motorboat fuels

keeps your outdoor traditions alive.

 

Articles on the North American Model from The Wildlife Society

Economic Benefits

2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation

2006 Oklahoma Summary (Participants 16 years old and older)

Activities in Oklahoma by Residents

Activities in Oklahoma by non-residents
Fishing   Fishing  
Anglers 611,000 Anglers 86,000
Days of fishing 10,580,000 Days of fishing 737,000
Average days per angler 17 Average days per angler 9
Total expenditures $501,786,000 Total expenditures $49,456,000
   Trip-related $301,408,000    Trip-related $42,988,000
   Equipment and other $200,378,00    Equipment and other $6,468,000
Average per angler $819 Average per angler $576
Average trip expenditures per day $28 Average trip expenditures per day $58
       
       
Hunting   Hunting  
Hunters 251,000 Hunters 27,000
Days of hunting 5,534,000 Days of hunting 5194,000
Average days per hunter 22 Average days per hunter 7
Total Expenditures $476,657,000 Total Expenditures $58,153,000
  Trip-related $135,335,000   Trip-related $14,100,000
  Equipment and other $341,322,000   Equipment and other $44,053000
Average per hunter $1,746 Average per hunter $2,173
Average trip expenditure per day $24 Average trip expenditure per day $73
       
       
Wildlife Watching   Wildlife Watching  
Total wildlife-watching participants 1,110,000 Total wildlife-watching participants --
Away-from-home participants 372,000 Away-from-home participants --
Around-the-home participants 976,000 Around-the-home participants --
Days of participation away from home $7,098,000 Days of participation away from home --
 Average days of participation away from home 19  Average days of participation away from home --
Total expenditures $328,660,000 Total expenditures --
  Trip-related $134,868,000   Trip-related --
  Equipment and other $193,793,000   Equipment and other --
Average per participant $289 Average per participant --
Average trip expenditure per day $19 Average trip expenditure per day --

Recreation and Economic Reports