Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration

The Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, commonly known as the Pittman-Robertson Act, was approved by Congress on September 2, 1937, and became effective July 1, 1938.

The purpose of this Act was to provide funding for restoration of wild birds and mammals and to acquire, develop and manage their habitats. The Act was amended October 23, 1970, to include funding for hunter training programs and the development, operation and maintenance of public shooting ranges.

Funds are derived from an 11 percent federal excise tax on sporting arms, ammunition, and archery equipment, and a 10 percent tax on handguns. These funds are collected from the manufacturers by the Department of the Treasury and are apportioned each year to the states by the Department of the Interior on the basis of formulas that consider the total area of the state and the number of licensed hunters in the state. Funds for hunter education and target ranges are derived from one-half of the tax on handguns and archery equipment.

Administering Agency
US Fish and Wildlife Service http://federalaid.fws.gov/wr/fawr.html
WDFW Grant Contact Information: Jeff Hugdahl, (360) 902-2230, Jeffrey.Hugdahl@dfw.wa.gov

Statewide Wildlife Management
Anis Aoude , (360) 902-2509, anis.aoude@dfw.wa.gov

Statewide Wildlife Area Program Management
Paul Dahmer; (360) 902-2480, paul.dahmer@dfw.wa.gov

Statewide Lease of Lands
Julie Sandberg, (360) 902-8149, julie.sandberg@dfw.wa.gov

Hunter Education
David Whipple, (360) 902-2847, david.whipple@dfw.wa.gov

Funded Projects and Applications
Reports detailing the Wildlife Restoration grants received in Washington state are available at: