July 19, 2019


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) reintroduced the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act, legislation to promote hunting traditions and ensure the continued successful funding of wildlife conservation through the purchase of hunting and recreational shooting equipment.

“Many West Virginians and Americans have long traditions with hunting and recreational shooting, which translates into a strong appreciation for the outdoors and wildlife conservation. As an avid sportsman myself, I understand the importance of the relationship between hunters and the wildlife areas we use and protect, which is why I am proud to reintroduce this bill that strengthens this relationship.” said Senator Manchin. “This legislation will help to conserve wildlife for West Virginians and visitors to enjoy and will protect the traditions that make us who we are. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass this legislation.”

Background: Under the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937, tax revenue from the sale of shooting and archery equipment generates funding for hunter education and wildlife conservation. This system has provided a symbiotic relationship between sportsmen and the resources they use for hunting and recreational shooting.

The Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act will update the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937 to ensure continued successful funding for wildlife conservation, which benefits all Americans. The updates will extend existing financial and technical support to the states to include hunting and recreational shooting promotion and recruitment.

This legislation is also cosponsored by U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Doug Jones (D-AL), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Boozman (R-AR), and Angus King (I-ME).