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  1. Federal excise taxes and hunting licenses have generated $5.6 billion in support of wildlife conservation since 1939, saving many species from the brink of extinction including swans, bighorn sheep, elk, ducks, whitetail deer and wild turkeys. For example, there were only 100,000 turkeys in 1939, now there are over 7 million. In Africa, where white rhinos numbered less than 50 in 1900, there are now over 20,000.

  2. Since 1934 hunters’ purchase of over $750 million in Federal Duck Stamps has funded protection of over 6 million acres of wetland habitat. Ducks Unlimited (many of which are SCI members) alone has preserved over 13 million acres of waterfowl habitat since 1937.

  3. According to a National Geographic report, those same taxes and licenses have generated over over $2 billion and account for 75% of states’ wildlife agency budgets, on average (it’s over 80% in Texas).

  4. In Africa and other foreign hunting destinations trophy fees are a

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  1. major source of funding for wildlife preservation, including anti-poaching enforcement like the Dande Anti-Poaching Unit in Zimbabwe (shown left). SCI Houston has helped fund that organization.


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