posted on August 20, 2013 10:53
There is a federal excise tax on guns and ammo.
In recent years, sales of guns and ammo have been large compared to previous decades. For various reasons people have been stocking up on these items and it’s been leading to some increases in the amount collected from the excise tax at the federal level.
The great news for some states is that a portion of the tax is returned to the states.
Oregon has found a unique way to allocate those funds and it’s something that should make hunters, especially bird hunters, happy.
These tax refunds are being used to help beginners learn pheasant hunting. In total, there are eight additional pheasant hunts aimed at getting adults out in the field experiencing pheasant hunting.
Seven of the eight hunts are exclusively for adults with the other being a mentored youth hunt.
The funds from the tax refund paid for shotguns, trailers and a part-time staff to handle the special hunts. It’s given people a chance to spend more time in the outdoors.
Pheasant hunting has long been a part of hunting in the West including in Oregon. It’s great when there are programs that focus on increasing the number of hunters in the field.
It’s hard for people with an interest in hunting to get exposure. For years, people have been provided guidance from parents, guardians, friends and family, but these types of programs can get adults and kids out in the field in a safe environment where they can have fun and really enjoy hunting.
The participants can learn how to shoot. They start with the basics and have all the equipment they need including eye and ear protection. It’s a great way to show people that shooting and hunting are not something to be feared, but something to be respected and enjoyed.
It’s a great example of smart people coming up with a great idea that should increase interest in pheasant hunting.