Thanks for putting the “you” in refuge.
The National Wildlife Refuge System, when coupled with state management areas, is an unparalleled conservation network of 568 wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts. There’s a refuge within an hour’s drive of many major metropolitan areas, with most offering free admittance year-round. These areas provide vital habitat for thousands of species, protect against erosion and flooding and purify our air and water.
National wildlife refuges alone offer world-class recreation for the 101 million Americans who pursue wildlife-related activities such as hunting, fishing and wildlife watching. Refuges contribute $3.2 billion per year to local economies and support more than 41,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
And thanks to self-imposed taxes on equipment sales under the Pittman-Robertson Act, hundreds of millions of dollars go to conserve and enhance these refuges. So no matter which refuge you choose for hunting and fishing, the good you do goes far beyond its boundaries.