Management and administration of all WMAs is primarily funded through the sale of hunting and trapping licenses, and the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Fund Program. This program was initiated in 1937 as the Federal Aid in Wildlife Act in which taxes are paid on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment.
Today this excise tax generates over one hundred million dollars each year that are dedicated to state wildlife restoration and management projects across the United States. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department uses these monies for acquiring land for wildlife habitat, and for restoring and managing wildlife.
These excise tax dollars, coupled with state hunting license fees, have been the predominate source of funding for the habitat management and administration of Wildlife Management Areas. All WMAs are open to hunting, trapping, fishing,wildlife viewing and other wildlife related outdoor activities.