When the pilgrims first settled in Plymouth in 1620, hunting and fishing were a necessities of life. America is now an industrialized nation and its population has grown both ethnically and in numbers, and no longer is basic sustenance the goal of hunting and fishing.
A majority of U.S. citizens today have very little knowledge about the role 47 million hunters and fishermen play in our society as it pertains to wildlife management and conservation, nor the positive economic impact that these individuals have on the U.S. economy.
Unfortunately, attitudes have been inaccurately shaped in recent years by emotional rhetoric and misguidance from well-funded organizations that spend money on advancing their views instead of contributing to sound wildlife science and management.
The Nimrod Society was created in order to facilitate programs to educate the general public on the positive role anglers and hunters play in society through accurate and factual education and media programs.
Current education programs run by state wildlife agencies are narrowly focused on hunter education and wildlife education in schools. These agencies do not have the money or resources to more properly educate the general public about the broader positive issues involving wildlife sports.
The Nimrod Society’s goal is to expand a public education program to all states nationally, based upon the Public Education Advisory Council (PEAC) model developed in Colorado in 1998.
The “Colorado Model”
- Involves sportsmen, wildlife groups, and agriculture and ranching interests in the state.
- Developed as a pro-active voice for state wildlife issues.
- PEAC was created by the Colorado legislature in 1998.
- Legislation was passed to allow PEAC to seek and secure voluntary contributions from hunters and anglers through a donation “check off” option via the Colorado limited license application process.
- PEAC has generated more than $250,000 in voluntary contributions.
- Permanent public education financing via a small license surcharge is PEAC’s goal.
- Research revealed that a majority of sportsmen would support a surcharge.
- In 2005, PEAC, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Wildlife, plans to seek legislation adding a $.75 surcharge on all hunting and fishing license sales, which would generate approximately $1 million annually for direct financing of public education programs.
The Nimrod Society:
The Nimrod Society wants to see other states adopt a model similar to the one developed in Colorado in order to properly educate the public via a self-funding and ongoing educational and public relations campaigns.
We will accomplish this by:
- Acting as a marketing organization to gain support among anglers, hunters, sportsmen’s conservation organizations, state and federal wildlife and conservation agencies and legislatures.
- Working to help states create coalitions to develop and fund ongoing public education and public relations programs.
- Interacting with state wildlife and conservation agencies to gain the support toward the implementation of license surcharges and public education and public relations campaigns via the mass media.
- Facilitating state legislative action to formulate bills that can be passed to allow the funding of public education and public relations programs for wildlife management and conservation.