U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program

Hunter Education - History

The Hunter Education Program was created by Public Law 91-503, approved October 23, 1970 that amended the Wildlife Restoration Act. The law added provisions for the 10 percent tax on pistols and revolvers to be deposited to the Wildlife Restoration Account, 1/2 of which may be used for hunter safety programs. These funds were previously deposited in the general treasury.

On October 25, 1972, the Act was further amended by P.L. 92-558 to add provisions for the deposit of the 11-percent excise tax on bows, arrows, and their parts and accessories for use in wildlife projects or hunter safety programs.

The 2000 Federal Assistance Improvement Act amended the Wildlife Restoration Act to include an $8 million dollar set aside annually out of the Wildlife Restoration Account to be used for the enhancement of hunter education and shooting range development (Hunter Education-Section 10).