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STEP OUTSIDE is a program of
The National Shooting Sports Foundation
11 Mile Hill Road
Newtown, CT 06470



For well over a century, outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen have led the fight to conserve our natural resources -- fish and wildlife and habitat and clean air and water. Today, hunting traditions provide both meat for the table and a basis for understanding and appreciating wildlife conservation. Americans can enjoy wildlife in their natural habitat as a result of the contributions made by shooters, hunters and anglers.

Pioneers like President Teddy Roosevelt and Aldo Leopold first promoted conservation around the turn of the century. Since then, outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen have been the driving force in the movement. Through excise taxes alone, target shooters, archers, hunters and anglers contribute around $400 million each year to fish and wildlife management, restoration and research and hunter and aquatic resource education resulting in flourishing populations of many animals that were almost extinct in the early 1900's. The return to abundance of white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope and wild turkey are just a few of the success stories. Hunters have also influenced the increase in numbers of many animals and birds that are not hunted.

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