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Illinois receives $22.9 Million for Sportsmen & Conservation

Tue, March 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced $22,928,289 in funding to Illinois to support critical state conservation and outdoor recreation projects. The announcement is part of $1.1 billion in annual national funding going to state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration (PRDJ) acts. To date, more than $20.2 billion in funds, which are authorized by Congress, have been distributed to U.S. states and territories.

Illinois apportionments include $6,593,209 in Sport Fish Restoration funds and $16,335,080 in Wildlife Restoration funds. State-by-state listings of the final Fiscal Year 2018 apportionments of Wildlife Restoration Program fund can be found here and the Sport Fish Restoration Program fund here.

“Illinois sportsmen and women are some of our best conservationists and they contribute billions of dollars toward wildlife conservation and sportsmen access every year through the Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson Acts,” said Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “For nearly eighty years, states have been able to fund important conservation initiatives thanks to the more than $20 billion that has generated nationwide. Every time a firearm, fishing pole, hook, bullet, motor boat or boat fuel is sold, part of that cost goes to fund conservation. The best way to increase funding for conservation and sportsmen access is to increase the number of hunters and anglers in our woods and waters. The American conservation model has been replicated all over the world because it works.”

The funds, which are distributed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are derived from excise taxes paid by the hunting, shooting, boating and angling industries on firearms, bows and ammunition and sport fishing tackle, some boat engines, and small engine fuel.

“Revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts provides funding to states to protect and conserve our nation’s fish and wildlife heritage today and for generations to come,” said Virgil Moore, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Director of Idaho Fish and Game. “This funding mechanism serves as the foundation for fish and wildlife conservation in our country.”

Nationwide, the recipient state wildlife agencies have matched these funds with approximately $6.7 billion throughout the years, primarily through hunting and fishing license revenues.

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States must provide a match to get all the funds from the feds.  At issue is the loss of hunting/fishing licenses sold due to decline of people who hunt and fish and a reluctance of the state legislature to raise license and permit fees.  Good read on the problem is below.

Posted by buckbull on March 21

Sorry but a lot of this money is totally wasted:
1. $750,000 to a lady in Canada to “Determine attitudes of hunters, trappers and other stakeholders that may affect wildlife populations”
2. Money to convert documents to CD’s (Cloud anyone?)
3. Money to maintain website $133,000 a year
4. Money to develop methods to determine distribution of Ground Squirrels
5. Money to study what swans eat
6. Money to study if their studies are reliable
7. Money to provide information for planning and evaluation of wildlife management ?????????????????????????????
8. Another study to study their studies
9. Study to measure contact rates of deer around Champaign County to determine impact of outfitters (yep that is a hot bed of outfitters)
10. But really number ONE! A study to evaluate 3 duck hunting videos. 3 people on the payroll for this one. The result of the study was that the most often said word on the 3 videos was “kill” and that the participants on Duck Commander videos said 15% fewer words per minute. The principal author of this boodoggle, was your own Mark Alessi IDNR Wildlife Chief, when he was at INHS.

About 2-3 million dollars a year, from the hunters IL. PR money gets siphoned off every single year into these bogus studies.

Posted by The Colonel on April 06

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