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The poor behavior of even a small group of people can have long-lasting effects on all who enjoy hunting. If hunting is to continue, we all must work together to put an end to illegal and unethical practices in the field. (Keith Sutton photo)

Facts and statistics on the hunter's vital role in wildlife conservation

Sportsmen contribute nearly $9.4 million every day, adding more than $3.4 billion every year for conservation. (Source: NSSF.org)
Hunters and target shooters have paid more than $11 billion in excise taxes since the inception of the Pittman-Robertson Act in 1937. (Source: NSSF.org)
Hunting in America is big business, generating 680,000 jobs in the United States. (Source: NSSF.org)
For more than 80 years, sportsmen have paid more than $20 billion for on-the ground projects in every state, protecting our natural environment and our fish and wildlife. (Source: NSSF.org)
The $6.4 billion in annual federal tax money generated by hunters’ spending could cover the annual paychecks of 210,000 U.S. Army Sergeants. (Source: NSSF.org)
White-tailed Deer: In 1900, less than half a million white-tailed deer remained in the nation. Today, conservation programs have returned the whitetail population to some 32 million. (Source: NSSF.org / Quality Deer Management Association)

THEN 500,000 > NOW 32,000,000
Ducks/Waterfowl: In 1901, few ducks remained. Today, there are more than 46 million ducks populating the United States and Canada. (Source: NSSF.org / USFWS)

THEN Few > NOW 46,000,000
Rocky Mountain Elk: In 1907, only about 41,000 elk could be counted in the United States. Today, populations in 23 states total approximately 1 million. (Source: NSSF.org / National Park Service)

THEN 41,000 > NOW 1,000,000
Wild Turkeys: By the early 1900s, encroaching civilization and habitat loss may have reduced the wild turkey population to under 100,000. Today, conservation programs have restored the population to more than 7 million birds. (Source: NSSF.org / National Wild Turkey Federation)

THEN 100,000 > NOW 7,000,000
Pronghorn Antelope: About 50 years ago, the total U.S. population of pronghorn was only about 12,000. Today, conservation programs have helped increase the population to more than one million. (Source: NSSF.org / Texas Parks and Wildlife)

THEN 12,000 > NOW 1,000,000
The lowest point in the population of white-tailed deer occurred late in the 19th century. At that time, the herd dropped to under 500,000 deer. Today’s population is estimated at around 30 million, making the whitetail a shining example of conservation success. (Source: Gordon Whittington / North American Whitetail magazine)
Although the white-tailed deer is overwhelmingly a herbivore, there have been numerous documented cases of predation on birds and fish. (Source: Gordon Whittington / North American Whitetail magazine)
The fastest swimming speed ever documented for a white-tailed deer is 13 miles per hour. (Source: Gordon Whittington / North American Whitetail magazine)

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