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CODY (WNE) — Wyoming’s share of a nationwide bounty of distribution of excise taxes for Game and Fish use is $17 million.

The money is collected on the federal level that comes from the sale of firearms, bows, ammunition, sport fishing tackle, some boat engines and small engine fuel.

Wyoming’s cut is part of a $1 billion allotment from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The money is earmarked from the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act.

Each state’s share is based on how many licensed hunters and fishermen it has and the state must provide a 25 percent match.

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This is payback to the active sportsmen. G&F Deputy Director John Kennedy said those acts account for 25 percent of the agency’s money “to protect and conserve Wyoming fish and wildlife.”

This money can be spent for fish and wildlife research, managing and restoring fish and wildlife, restoration of habitat, funding of hunter and aquatic education programs, fish stocking, providing boating access and some other programs.

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