NWTF applauds introduction of legislation to increase participation in hunting and shooting sports

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation is pleased with the recent introduction of S.B. 2092, the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act by senators Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; John Boozman, R-Ark.; Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Deb Fischer, R-Neb.; Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.; Doug Jones, D-Ala.; Angus King, I-Maine; Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; and James Risch, R-Idaho. 

The Senate’s legislation mirrors H.R. 877 — Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act, legislation introduced in the House earlier this year by Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga.

The bipartisan bill is an important piece of legislation regarding the NWTF’s R3 objective—Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation. The bill will allow state agencies to appropriate leftover conservation funds for marketing, community outreach programs, recreation and various other forms of public relations, aiming to increase interest in hunting and sport shooting.

“Participation in hunting and shooting sports helps to provide critical conservation funding to state fish and wildlife agencies,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “Under this legislation, state agencies will have the increased ability to attract and retain new hunters and recreational shooters ensuring funding for conservation into the future.”

The NWTF will continue to work with members of congress to move the bill toward approval. With the number of active hunters and recreational shooters on the decline, this legislation is crucial to our nation’s hunting heritage. 

About the National Wild Turkey Federation

When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative – a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.