Did you know...
The Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937
That in 1900, it was estimated that less than 1/2 million white-tailed deer remained in the United States. Today, through funds from the Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937, conservation programs have returned the white-tail population to some 32 million deer.
In 1901, few ducks remained. Today, there are over 44 million ducks populating the United States and Canada, thanks to state wildlife agencies and groups like Ducks Unlimited.
In 1907, only about 41,000 elk could be counted in the United States. Today, with help from state wildlife agencies and conservation groups such as The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, elk populations in 23 states total approximately 1 million.
By the early 1900's, encroaching civilization and habitat loss had reduced the wild turkey population to under 100,000. Today, conservation programs, such as The National Wild Turkey Federation, working hand in hand with state wildlife agencies, have restored the population to more than 7 million birds.
Only about 50 years ago, the total pronghorn population in the United States was only about 12,000. Today, conservation programs have helped increase the population to more than one million.
Next time you marvel at the sight of a wild animal, thank a hunter...