How Bowhunter Education Is Funded
Funding for bowhunter education comes from the following sources:
The U.S. government charges excise taxes on sporting arms, ammunition, handguns, and archery equipment. 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: National Bowhunter Education Foundation, International Bowhunting Organization, Pope and Young Club, Safari Club International, and The Bowhunting Preservation Alliance. 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 programs within bowhunter education.
And, of course, some funds come directly from students who attend bowhunter education classes.