How Bowhunter Education Is Funded
The U.S. government charges excise taxes on sporting arms, ammunition, handguns, and archery equipment (including crossbows). These fees collected from the firearm and archery manufacturers then are distributed to the states (similar practices exist in Canada and Mexico).
State and Provincial/Territorial Funds
States and provinces also collect their own fees through such sources as hunting license sales, conservation stamps, fines, and arrests.
Funding also comes through organizations such as the National Bowhunter Education Foundation, International Bowhunting Organization, Pope and Young Club, and Safari Club International. These organizations raise money through membership fees and donations from fundraising efforts.
Money also comes from corporations and private donations. Many times this is utilized to fund special training aids or to help specific education programs.
And, of course, some funds come directly from students who attend education classes.