Thanks for Helping Conserve Our Wildlife for 75 Years
It's Your Nature!

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    Hunters and anglers have been making a difference for Michigan's natural resources since 1937

    Most Michigan residents know the Department of Natural Resources is responsible for things like fish and wildlife management, hunting and fishing regulations, and habitat protection, but many don't know where the funding for these efforts comes from. You may assume that your tax dollars fund the DNR's conservation work, but in reality, only about 5 percent of the DNR's funding comes from General Fund (tax) dollars. For the last 75 years, the protection, preservation and management of Michigan's natural resources have been primarily funded by the people who hunt and fish through their purchase of equipment and licenses.

    How do hunters and anglers help fund conservation in Michigan?

  • Why are hunters and anglers so important to Michigan?
    Consistent Conservation Funding = Healthier Fish and Wildlife Populations and Habitat
    Healthier Fish and Wildlife Populations and Habitat = Better Outdoor Recreation
    Better Outdoor Recreation = Stronger, More Vital Michigan
    If you're a hunter or angler, have bought a license or hunting/fishing equipment, thank you for investing in Michigan's wildlife! If you know a hunter or angler, pass on this message and thank them for everything they have done for conservation in Michigan.

75 Years of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration

  • If you've ever purchased firearms or ammunition, bows, arrows, fishing lures, rods and reels, hunting or fishing licenses or fueled up your boat, you're part of the most successful effort to conserve fish and wildlife in America - the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) programs. The effort has resulted in millions of acres of habitat saved and near-miraculous population increases in several species of game and sport fish. You can enjoy more hunting, fishing, boating and wildlife-related recreational opportunities than ever before thanks to 75 years of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) programs.

What Can You Do to Help?

  • -Buy a hunting or fishing license, even if you don't plan to go hunting or fishing. Michigan can earn a greater percentage of federal funding by having more licensed hunters and anglers.

    -Buy a wildlife habitat license plate or make a tax-deductible donation to the Nongame Wildlife Fund.