About WSFR

You can enjoy more hunting, fishing, boating and wildlife-related recreational opportunities than ever before thanks to 75 years of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs. These programs have made the difference between the survival and abundance of some species and many fish and wildlife populations are at historically high levels today. WSFR also helps increase the number of days and places where you can go afield or on the water to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities.

WSFR is based on a “user pay/user benefit” principle, which we like to think of the programs as having a cycle of success.  The cycle of success starts with the manufacturers and the excise taxes that are paid on certain hunting and fishing equipment items and also through fuels taxes.

These taxes are collected by federal agencies including the Internal Revenue Service, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and even the Customs and Border Patrol and distributed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to state fish and wildlife agencies for on-the-ground conservation. Read more, "Items Taxed to Support Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration in America."

Wildlife Restoration funds can be used for reintroduction of declining species, wildlife population surveys, species research, hunter education, acquisition of wildlife habitat and the development of shooting ranges.

Sport Fish Restoration funds can be used for fish research, reintroducing declining sport fish species, restoring aquatic habitat such as coastal wetlands, aquatic education, constructing boat ramps and fishing piers and boating access.

Altogether, the partnerships between outdoor industry and federal and state agencies result in more and better opportunities for hunters, recreational shooters, anglers and boaters to enjoy America’s fish and wildlife resources and ultimately purchase products that start the cycle all over again!

Watch a video about the Cycle of Success produced by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.