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15.626 Enhanced Hunter Education and Safety
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
This program provides funds for the enhancement of: 1. hunter education porgrams, hunter and sporting firearms programs, and hunter development programs; 2. interstate coordination and development of hunter education programs; 3. bow hunter and archery education, safety, and development programs; 4. construction of firearm or archery shooting ranges; and 5. updating safety features of firearm and archery ranges. Law enforcement and public relations are not eligible under the Act.
Applicant Eligibility: Agencies from teh 50 States, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa with primary responsibility for fish and wildlife conservation may submit grant proposals to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. To be eligible, they must pass assent legislation to the provisions of the Act for the conservation of wildlife that include a prohibition against the diversion of license fees paid by hunters for any other purpose than the administration of the fish and wildlife agency.
Pre-application Coordination: Agencies from the 50 States, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa with primary responsibility for fish and wildlife conservation may submit grant proposals to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. To be eligible, they must pass assent legislation to the provisions of the Act for the conservation of wildlife that include a prohibition against the diversion of license fees paid by hunters for any other purpose than the administration of the fish and wildlife agency. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Formula and Matching Requirements:
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
50 CFR 80, Fish and Wildlife Service Manual, matching and cost-sharing requirements are discussed in 50 CFR 80.12, 43 CFR 12.64, and 43 CFR 12.923. Applicants can visit these regulations and guidelines at http://wsfrporgrams.fws.gov/subpages/toolkitfiles/toolkit.pdf.
Regional or Local Office: See Regional Agency Offices.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Fiscal Year 2015: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game Hunters Education, Bowhunters Education, and Trappers Education programs are designed to educate Idaho hunters and trappers about safe hunting and trapping practices, game management, hunting regulations, and to be responsible, ethical sportsmen and sportswomen. The total cost is $2.5 M ($1.8M Federal; $630,000 non-Federal). This grant utilizes both Section 4 and Section 10 HE funds. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Division will partnership with public, private and homeschool organizations to implement the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP)curriculum to teach archery to students in grades four through twelve. All organizations will also work together to train teachers as certified archery instructors and instructor-trainers. Total cost $108,777 ($81,583 Federal; $27,194 non-Federal). The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division will fund their Range Enhancement and Hunter Development Program. There is a need to introduce youth people to the shooting sports through the School system in an attempt to reverse the decline in hunting license sales. To accomplish this, students and instructors need to be trained properly in the sport of archery to guarantee they participate in the NASP in a safe and ethical manner. Annual events held at various locations statewide will be expanded and additional personnel, equipment and supplies will be provided to support these events. Total cost $310,000 ($230,000 Federal; 80,000 non-Federal). Fiscal Year 2016: In Kentucky, educators and others were certified to teach archery and safety skills to students in grades 4 through 12. More than 550 schools conducted archery programs during regular school hours with 105,398 students. The National Archery in the Schools Program trained 555 new archery instructors in 64 Basic Archery Instructor training classes, including agency staff at three Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife conservation camps. California Department of Fish & Wildlife�s Advanced Hunting Clinics focus on the "how-tos" of hunting. The series includes sessions on how to hunt turkey, upland game, waterfowl, and big game. Topics covered in each clinic include type of firearm, ammunition, importance of sighting in the firearm, gauging distance, scouting, tracking, field dressing, shoot-don't shoot scenarios, hunter ethics, landowner-hunter relationships, conservation, and safety. The goal of this series of hunting clinics is to develop ethical, conservation-minded, successful hunters through education...taking the hunter a step beyond the basic hunter education course. Total costs: $163,609 ($122,70 Federal, $40,902 State) The Alaska Department of Fish and Game continues to expand hunter education, archery and shooting sports throughout Alaska and often in remote locations. Through these efforts, the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) has grown from 10 to 145 schools statewide. HIT staff traveled to the Pribilof Islands, located 4 hours by plane west of Anchorage in the Bering Sea near Russia, to successfully complete the furthest west Hunter Education class taught in North America. Total cost $106,560 ($79,920 Federal, $26,640 non-Federal). The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources� (SCDNR) Shooting Sports Program aims to expand the National Archery in the Schools Program and the SC Scholastic Clay Target Sports by providing more opportunity for young sportsmen to participate in shooting sports. SCDNR staff train approximately 30 teachers a year, who will incorporate Junior Olympic Target Archery education into their curriculum and they continue to support and train young clay target shooters, with over 40 teams already formed. Total cost $234,020 ($175,515 Federal; $58,505 non-Federal). Fiscal Year 2017: The Program has not yet selected projects for funding. The Program anticipates funding Section 10 Enhanced Hunter Educational projects and activities that are eligible each year.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
The State, Commonwealth, or territory agency having responsibility for the management of their resources must submit the projects. The State, Commonwealth's, or territory's wildlife resources must submit the projects. The State, Commonwealth, or territorial agency selects those projects submitted for funding under the program. If approved, projects must meet the basic criteria outlined in the regulations and the Fish and Wildlife Service Manual.