Hunter Education Funding Sources
- The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service provides federal aid to state wildlife agencies to support a variety of hunting-related projects, including hunter education, land acquisition, and improvement of wildlife habitat. The Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration funding was established in 1937 by the Pittman-Robertson Act.
- In the mid-1970s, Missouri sportsmen recognized a need for expanded conservation programs and initiated an amendment that created a 1/8 of 1% sales tax earmarked exclusively for conservation.
- Fees from hunting permits, licenses, and stamps also support hunter education and conservation efforts.
- Non-governmental organizations (Ducks Unlimited, National Rifle Association, International Hunter Education Association, etc.) offer hunter education and firearm safety education materials and training.
- Many firearm and archery manufacturers provide training materials to teach hunters how to use their products safely.
- Local hunting clubs, civic clubs, and businesses often provide the facilities and equipment for hunter education courses.
The Missouri Department of Conservation
The Department receives no monies from any fines on game law violations. All fines collected go into the county school district where the violation occurred.