NC gets $31 million for conservation, outdoor recreation projects

Hunting (Photo: MDC)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Outdoorsmen in North Carolina are benefiting on some of the taxes they may for their gear.

North Carolina is getting more than $31 million in federal funding for state conservation and outdoor recreation projects.

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The US Department of the Interior announced today the Tar Heel State $31,683,236 from the $1.1 billion in annual national funding to state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration (PRDJ) acts.

The money comes from excise taxes paid by the hunting, shooting, boating and fishing industries on firearms, bows and ammunition and sport fishing tackle, some boat engines, and small engine fuel.

“Every time a firearm, fishing pole, hook, bullet, motor boat or boat fuel is sold, part of that cost goes to fund conservation,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a news release. “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.”

North Carolina’s share includes $10,344,499 in sport fish restoration funds and $21,338,737 in wildlife restoration funds.