Shooting range grant funds available in Nevada

The Nevada Department of Wildlife, like most state wildlife agencies, receives the bulk of its funding through user fees (hunting and fishing licenses, big game tags, etc.) and excise taxes on shooting, archery, angling and recreational boating equipment collected by the federal government under the Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson acts. In turn, NDOW is seeking to return a portion of those tax revenues to Nevada through shooting range grants to local governments.

PR excise tax revenue is apportioned to the states via the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR), with a portion of the funds earmarked specifically for Hunter Education or shooting range development and enhancement. These funds are divided following a formula which takes into account the state's population, number of licensed hunters and land mass, which in Nevada's case translates to approximately $100,000 that is available on an annual basis.

Any individual or organization with a shooting range project proposal is encouraged to apply, but the grants come with some basic qualifications and stipulations.

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