Hunters play an important role in caring for and managing wildlife. Every time an individual buys a hunting license, box of ammunition, rifle, shotgun, a bow, or handgun, an excise tax is collected by government and that money is redistributed to states. The Pittman-Robertson Act was enacted in 1937 to collect and redistribute taxes collected to improve wildlife management practices and to educate hunters. Money also comes from private endowments.
Hunters also pay for conservation efforts through fees to conservation organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Quail Unlimited, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, to name a few.
National Wild Turkey Federation
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
The State owns and manages the wildlife on behalf of all the people of New Mexico.