Feds OK Use of FET Funds for Explore Bowhunting
Earlier this year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (F&WS) officially connected Explore Bowhunting to the nation’s most reliable source for conservation education: The Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act. This program, which is funded by federal excise taxes (FET), is a longstanding source of revenue will now have a pipeline straight from the pockets of ATA manufacturers to an educational program with the potential to recruit bowhunters and archers.
Jay McAninch, CEO/president of the Archery Trade Association, considers the F&WS decision one of the two most important FET developments during his 10-plus years with ATA. The other important development in the last decade? The decision to allow Pittman-Robertson funds for the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). That decision was made by the F&WS about eight years ago.
“This funding is a big shot in the arm for Explore Bowhunting and the industry’s efforts to promote outdoor education and recruit more bowhunters,” McAninch said. “State agencies are strapped for money right now, but they can pursue Pittman-Robertson funding for approved education programs like NASP and Explore Bowhunting. That’s a tremendous resource for wildlife agencies trying to ensure the future of archery and bowhunting in their states.”
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