Overview of State Wildlife Management
The components of state wildlife management vary in detail by state but share some broad similarities. Every state has a wildlife agency that is either a standalone entity or part of a larger natural resources or environment department. In most states, there is an appointed wildlife commission that either oversees or advises the wildlife agency. Funding for the wildlife agency generally comes from four broad sources: 1) the sale of hunting and fishing licenses; 2) federal grants under the Federal Aid in Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration program (aka Pittman Robertson and Dingell Johnson); 3) general funds; and, 4) other sources.
The components of state wildlife management vary in detail by state but share some broad similarities.