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to all citizens, not any one individual, and is held in trust by government for the benefit of present and future generations.

  • Elimination of markets - for wildlife Many game species were nearly decimated by unregulated market hunting and some species were lost forever. Preventing overexploitation and managing sustainable use is a continuous goal of conservation.
  • Allocation of wildlife by law - Achieving wildlife benefits for present and future generations means regulations to protect and allocate wildlife resources.
  • Harvest for legitimate purposes - Hunting and trapping are legitimate and, in some cases, necessary for management but must be carried out in ways acceptable to society. This principle includes concerns about wanton waste, protection of property, personal protection and use.
  • Wildlife is an international resource - Many wildlife species, such as waterfowl, transcend national boundaries and their management requires international agreement and cooperation.
  •  Science-based wildlife policy-  Science and good information will assist in making wildlife management decisions. One of the most important aspects is that all citizens have access to the wildlife resources, including the tradition and heritage of hunting.
  • Democracy of hunting One of the most important aspects is that all citizens have access to the wildlife resources, including the tradition and heritage of hunting.
  • Other Revenues that Support Missouri’s Conservation Legacy

    For more than 75 years, sportsmen have been buying hunting and fishing licenses. These funds are vital to restore habitat, purchase public lands, and bring back Missouri’s fish and wildlife populations. When a person purchases a hunting or fishing license, they are investing those dollars in conservation for the benefit of all Missourians and future generations. Fishing and hunting licenses account for approximately 20 percent of the Department’s annual revenue, totaling more than $31 million.

    MDC also receives about $22 million a year from federal sources, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs. The Wildlife Restoration Program, originally called the Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937, is a program funded by taxes on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment. Those funds are specifically provided to states to restore, conserve, manage and enhance fish and wildlife.

    The Sport Fish Restoration Program, created by the Dingell-Johnson Act of 1950, is funded by taxes on fishing tackle, motorboat fuel, electric outboard motors and sonar equipment. Funds are distributed to states for sport fish restoration, motorboat access development and aquatic resource education. Federal aid also comes from the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

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