Every year California hunters pay their $9.46 on top of their annual license fee to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to hunt upland game birds throughout the state. So where does this money go? Who says where it is spent? Here’s a little background:
From CDFW – “The Upland Game Bird Account is a dedicated account created by the California Legislature in 2010 (currently Fish and Game Code Section 3684) to ensure funds generated by the sale of upland game bird hunting validations and stamps be used in programs and projects which benefit upland game birds as defined in Fish and Game Code Section 3683. The legislation creating this account also mandated a public advisory committee, composed of “interested non-profit organizations that have goals and objectives directly related to the management and conservation of game bird species and primarily represent the interest of persons licensed pursuant to 3031[hunters]”. This committee is responsible for reviewing project proposals and budgets and providing recommendations regarding them and other issues of relevance to the department’s executive leadership team for game related activities.”
Members of the California Upland Game Bird Advisory Committee include the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, California Waterfowl Association, Ducks Unlimited, San Diego County Wildlife Federation, California Rifle and Pistol Association, Bill Gaines and Associates, California Bowmen Hunters, and Safari Club International.
This Committee meets on an annual basis to review project proposals that will benefit upland game birds, upland game bird hunters, and to make sure that hunters dollars are being spent in a way that benefits hunters and the resource. And every year, these dollars pay for some fantastic projects! So, be proud that your $9.46 is helping to fund conservation in California!